Tuesday, 3 March 2009

About Newton Abbot

Right, so we've looked at the Bay, now let's move inland and have a gander at one of the area's famous market towns, Newton Abbot, which is about a 15-minute drive from Torquay.
Newton Abbot was originally two towns dating back to the 13th century which were eventually joined under one council until 1901, by which time the railways had arrived and workshops to repair locomotives and carriages were built. While the workshops are all gone now, the mainline station still offers travellers a quick route to London and the north.
Throughout its history Newton Abbot grew steadily to become a bustling commercial centre and market town. There was a weekly market in Newton Abbot as far back as 1220 but it has since closed and today the pedestrianised town centre offers an interesting blend of independent and high street shops.
Nowadays the town is most famous for the racecourse which sits on its north-western edge. Newton Abbot prides itself on being the leading summer jumping racecourse in the UK, and certainly offers a great day out. For more information visit www.newtonabbotracing.com

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