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Newton Abbot Town in Devon

Photograph of Newton Abbot


Newton Abbot lies roughly midway between Torbay and Exmouth, just a few miles from the eastern slopes of Dartmoor.

The town, with a current population of about 25,000 lies on the River Teign. There has been some sort of settlement here since the Stone Age, with archaeology proving Neolithic man occupied Berry's Wood Hill.

The town as we know it today originated as the Manor of Wolborough mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The manor became the property of William Brewer (the founder of Torre Abbey) in the 13th century, and was known as the 'New Town of the Abbot'.

It grew rapidly when granted a charter to hold a weekly market in 1269. The outlying villages combined into the town of Newton Abbot by 1300. The town had a thriving cloth and woollen industry as well as leather from the hides of the animals with associated allied trades.

Today the town is well served by road and rail - indeed it was home to the South Devon Railway Company in the mid-nineteenth century.

It stands alongside the A380 Exeter to Torbay Road and its proximity makes it an ideal base from which to explore this part of Devon and Dartmoor.

Its main attractions are its markets, the annual historic Cheese and Onion Fayre in September, Tuckers Maltings and its Beer Festival in April, Newton Abbot racecourse, Bradley Manor and Old Forde House dating from the 14th and 17th centuries respectively and the Victorian Alexandra Theatre/Cinema complex built in 1871.

As you would expect from a former brewing centre, the town is well catered for by inns, taverns and eating places.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Newton Abbot Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Newton Abbot

Dining out near Newton Abbot


The Elizabethan, Luton, Newton Abbot


Orestone Manor, Torquay


The New Colosseum, Teignmouth


Gemelli, Torquay


The Cary Arms, Torquay


Steps Bistro, Torquay


Edgemoor Country House, Bovey Tracey


Sea Trout Inn, Totnes

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Torquay and Ashburton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



arrowBovey Tracey




Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowNewton Abbot



	arrowBovey Tracey


Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Brixham and Moretonhampstead.

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