Newtown Textile Museum

A place with a past and

a place with a future

Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.00 to 4.00 pm 

Saturdays from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm until the end of September,

includes Bank Holiday Mondays.



The Textile Museum in Newtown - just over the bridge into Commercial Street (see the map) gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked.

The block which houses the Museum was built in the 1830s as a hand-loom weaving factory, the looms occupying the third and fourth floor above three pairs of back-to-back cottages on the lower floors.

Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages, while on the top two floors the story of fleece to flannel is illustrated by looms and spinning wheels, alongside displays of related industries and influential local people such as Pryce Jones.

We also have exhibits of modern wool craft and demonstrations by experts in spinning, weaving and quilt making.

We want to make the Museum an interesting and enjoyable place to visit. If you have any comments we wouldlove to hear from you.


We are well into our summer season now. 

Check out here for the dates when spinning and weaving demonstrations will be held at the Museum.

We do hope you will pop along to see us. Lots of work happened over the winter and we have new displays and information for you to see. If you have visitors do bring them along.

Want to help us: Join our team of volunteers over the summer months.

NTM Friends Group

Help us to tell the story of Newtown and the weaving industry - for today and tomorrow's generations. 

Become A Friend, it couldn't be easier. Click here to register, and Click here to go to find out how to donate.


We had lots of comments already in 2017 from visitors who enjoyed seeing our wonderful building brought back to life including: 
  • A fascinating insight into the old industry. An interesting well set up museum and excellent guides.
  • Wonderful insightful use of space. Loved it. 
  • Such a warm, hospitable museum. – It makes a huge difference when museum hosts are so welcoming
  • What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, fabulous place, kids can’t wait to come back. Thank you so much.

We have also had some very constructive comments for our future.  We welcome your ideas. Contact us through this link.

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Supported by: Gwendoline & Margaret Davies Trust, Newtown Town Council, Newtown Local History Group,  Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity,   Community Foundation in Wales,  Oakdale Trust,  Bodfach Trust and the Association of Independent Museums

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Last updated: 23 June 2017