Where can we run away to?
Abroad? The countryside?
1 Newton Abbot
2 Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot is a
market town surrounded by beautiful South Devon countryside. The town is home to a large range of shops, restaurants and open spaces and is perfectly located close to both Dartmoor National Park and a number of lively seaside towns.
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3 Newton Abbot
For families there are plenty of attractions
in Newton Abbot and the surrounding area.
Newton Abbot Racecourse
race meetings throughout the summer months.
Trago Mills Shopping and Leisure Park
has a family fun park,
shopping and one of the biggest garden centres in the area.
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Newton Abbot provides access
to some great parks and outdoor spaces.
Decoy Country Park, Courtenay Park
and Bakers Park can all be found within walking distance of the centre,
as can the Town Quay and new bridge,
which forms part of an extended cycle route.
Within a short drive you’ll find Stover Country
Park and the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail.
If you are looking to explore on foot,
Newton Abbot sits part way along the Templer Way,
a walking route tracing
the 18 mile historic
route granite took from the quarries
at Haytor, Dartmoor, to the docks at Teignmouth.
- What can you get out of quarries?
5 Where to Stay in Newton Abbot
Accommodation in Newton Abbot offers a variety of hotels,
and countryside holiday parks all within the local area.
Find your perfect place to stay in Newton Abbot here.
6Places to eat in Newton Abbot
In Newton Abbot and the surrounding area
you will find a great range of pubs
and restaurants, as well as serving up
great local produce
these establishments are
packed full of character, atmosphere and charm
Throughout the year a number of great food and drink
and events can be found in the towns and villages
around Newton Abbot,
as well as a produce market held on Fridays,
in the town, you won’t be able to miss your chance
some fresh local Devonshire produce when you visit.
7 History of Newton Abbot
The area has been inhabited since Neolithic times and was later occupied by the Romans.
Referred to as the New Town of the Abbots (from the nearby Torre Abbey)
the town was renamed Newton Abbot by 1300
and thanks to its market it became a thriving centre.
Both wool and leather industries prospered
here during the medieval period,
and later the clay industry became a major employer.
In 1846 The South Devon Railway reached Newton Abbot
and transformed the market town into a communications centre
and base for industry.
Branch lines opened to Torquay in 1848 and Moretonhampstead in 1866,
making Newton Abbot a prime location for further industrial development.
Some of the town’s history can be seen with a visit to St Leonard's Tower,
the remains of an ancient church demolished in 1836, which sits in the centre of the town.
The history of the town can be explored further with a visit to Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum.