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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
Description : 

We are all looking forward to the end of lockdown, and our Museum is no exception.

We are hoping to be open in May depending, of course, on the regulations at the time. All this will become clearer in the next couple of months so keep an eye on our web page for updated information on the dates and times of opening.


When opening is possible we will continue to offer visitors the opportunity to book timed-entry visits, as well as being able to come in without pre-booking if the numbers in the Museum at the time permit it. As you would expect, safe-distance requirements and all the other Covid-safe measures will be in place.

 Full details are on :

Links to social media sites:
Web: www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newtowntextilemuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/textilemuseumnewtown/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/newtownm


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The Judge's Lodging

Presteigne Powys Wales
Description : 

'One of the world's most appealing small museums'

Dr John Davies, historian. 

Truly inspirational' is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge's Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed 'WHAT a stunning place!' after filming for the BBC in the building. The Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as 'Britain's Best Hidden Gem' and it was Highly Commended in the 2019 Welsh Hospitality Awards. A visitor recently summed their impression up in the Visitor Book as 'breathtaking in its authenticity'. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.

The Judge's Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints. This award-winning historic judge's accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time.

Wander through the judge's private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge's Lodging an historic house with a difference – you can touch!
You can lie on the beds, read the judge's books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants' rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. Yes – gaslit! The whole house is lit by completely by period lighting – once you enter the realms of the Judge's rooms, there is not an electric light in sight! The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.

There's a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. There's a host of new activity chests to explore too. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on:

If you need to relax, the museum also runs a pop-up tearoom throughout the summer and school holiday periods, where you can grab some locally roasted coffee and cakes baked just 100 yards away.

When Lord Chief Justice Campbell was staying in the building whilst visiting the court in 1855, he claimed that it was "the most commodious and elegant apartments in all England and Wales". We are pleased to say that little has changed since his time, although there are now flushing toilets and everyone is allowed to sit in the Judge's chair!

If you want more information on any of the museum's work or activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

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Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine

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Robert Owen Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
Description : 

Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time. 

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