Newton Abbot Town in Devon
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.
The nearest source of local information is available from Newton Abbot Tourist Information Centre.
Dining out near Newton Abbot
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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