Discover Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot has been a bustling market town since gaining its Royal Charter from King Henry III in 1220. In the 800 years that have followed we’ve not rested on our laurels but instead developed our trading heritage to become the area’s principal centre for shopping and industry.
The flat and largely traffic-free town centre is still home to a lively market place and you’ll find an excellent range of high street and independent businesses, complemented by regular events and street entertainers.
Newton Abbot Community Transport Association offers affordable mobility scooter and wheelchair hire to those who need a little help getting out and about.
We enjoy a strategic position on the main rail, bus and road networks with easy access to Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth. The wide open spaces of Dartmoor National Park are only a stone’s throw away with the dramatic granite heights of Haytor visible from many parts of town.
There are many characterful villages and small towns within easy reach, all worth exploring before returning to town and its many places to eat, drink and relax.
Our historic streets have much to be discovered such as the 15th century St Leonard’s Tower. A plaque next to the landmark building records the spot where William III, Prince of Orange, was declared King in 1688.
The flagship project, delivered by Newton Abbot Town Council with generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, has to be Newton’s Place. It’s a £2.2 million reimagining of a redundant Victorian church which has now become an amazing museum and community hub, admission to which is completely free!
A few steps away is our library, home to the nationally recognised Railways Study Collection, founded by David St. John Thomas of publishers David and Charles fame.
Our award-winning Decoy Country Park and numerous other green spaces offer peace and tranquility amid the busy streets, as does Bradley Manor, a medieval manor house cared for by the National Trust.
Another historic building, the Grade I Listed Jacobean Forde House, provides a wonderful venue for weddings and other ceremonies while nearby Town Quay bears witness to a time when Newton Abbot traded with the world, in particular the Newfoundland cod trade of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Today the quay lies on the route of the 18-mile Templer Way which offers walkers and cyclists a direct link to Dartmoor and the coastal communities of Teignmouth and Shaldon.
Keep an eye out for Rope Walk in East Street where essential equipment for the fishing industry was once made and also the Dartmouth Inn where every spring men would gather in the hope of being hired for a season’s work on the local boats.
Just down the road is the atmospheric Olde Cider Bar, believed to be one of just three such surviving hostelries in the entire country – a unique taste of westcountry life!
Also on our doorstep is a superb leisure centre, free tennis courts, a cinema, bowls, angling, several golf clubs and Newton Abbot Racecourse, one of the country’s leading summer jumps venues.
Visitor accommodation is plentiful with everything from campsites, guest houses and hotels on offer.
We look forward to welcoming you.