Newtown Textile Museum

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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, as well as

Bank Holiday Monday.

We close on 30 September, and reopen again on 1 May 2018



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 would  love to hear from you.

We hope you like our new sign. We think it makes it easier for people to find us. 

It is getting close to the end of the season for us. 

Our final demonstration day for the year will be on Saturday 30 September.


One day only

The museum will be celebrating on 4 November.
It will be the 50 years since the museum opened. Come along between 11.00 till 3.30.
Share some birthday cake, make woolly items and watch demonstrations. 

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You can find us on the ShowMe Wales App that you can download to your phone. Events and dates are listed.  

Want to arrange a tour? 

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These are some comments from visitors in 2017 who have enjoyed their visit. Make sure you fill in a card to tell us how you think we are doing when you visit the museum, or go to Trip Advisor and tell everyone that way. 
  • 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: 22 August 2017