Newton Abbot plays a unique role in South Devon. It’s where town meets country and history is waiting to be discovered.
The streets are buoyant, filled with a great mix of independent and national names. Retail therapy, grooming, beauty treatments and leisure – Newton’s got the lot.
It’s also flat and accessible, with great value Shopmobility assistance from Newton Abbot Community Transport Association.
The Victorian Indoor Market is open six days a week, plus there are street markets every Wednesday and Saturday. A real treat is the Austins Department Store, a family-owned business celebrating almost a century of trading in the heart of town. Newton has a characterful cinema, a terrific range of cafes and pubs, superb sports and leisure facilities, parks and a tranquil riverside walk into the neighbouring countryside. There’s live music to be had - whether rock, classical or brass is your thing – and regular family-friendly events in the main shopping area.
The stunning new Town and GWR Museum at Newton’s Place has free entry and is housed in a transformed Victorian church. Other historic buildings include the medieval Bradley Manor, cared for by the National Trust, and the 17th century Forde House where regular events and tours are staged.
St Leonard’s Tower dates to the 13th century and marks the spot where William Prince of Orange was declared King in 1688 - even though James II was still on the throne!
Parking in Newton Abbot is affordable and plentiful, the town centre traffic-free and great for wandering.
In fact, take a look at this great video , and check out what’s happening here. The town is less than three hours direct from London and Birmingham by train, only 90 minutes from Bristol. There are good road connections too and great local public transport, linking Newton Abbot to the coast, Dartmoor, Exeter and Plymouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Newton Abbot have a beach?
Newton Abbot doesn't have its own beach, but there are several beaches nearby which are easy to visit. The nearest beach to Newton Abbot is Shaldon Beach, which has a mixture of shingle and sand, Churston Cove is also nearby, but is only accessible via a steep path, so may be difficult for visitors with limited mobility. Coryton Cove, Teignmouth beach and Antsey Cove are also nearby.Find out more about Newton Abbot here