Newtown is the largest town in Powys and is situated in what could be called the bellybutton of Wales. Newtown is a classic example of a market town built on the back of the textiles industry and the Industrial Revolution it benefits from a number of museums and educational resources, the Robert Owen Museum, the Textile Museum, the WH Smith Museum and the Oriel Davis Gallery are all in the centre of town. Slightly further afield there is the Theatr Hafren. Other local highlights include the Andrew Logan Museum the celebrated performance artist/sculptor has a museum in nearby Berriew.
The Thomas Shop at Penybont 16 miles away is a delightful victorian village shop to visit …………… just as it always was, and with The Engine Room Café, (so called because it once housed a steam engine that powered the industrial Laundry for Llandrindod Wells, between 1905 and 1917), It has been refurbished to create a cosy and special atmosphere specialising in light refreshments for people visiting the Shop and Galleries. In good weather teas are served by the river or in one a distinctive living-willow pods.
The National Cycle Collection in Llandrindod Wells houses hundreds of cycles in period settings, including examples from 1819 through to the present day. It also displays rare components and accessories from this period.
Radnorshire's old Shire Hall in Presteigne, formerly the county court, is now the award-winning Judge's Lodging Museum where you can step into the 1870s to discover the world of a most unusual household. Explore the 'upstairs, downstairs' life of the Victorian Judges, their servants and felonious guests.