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Where Shropshire Meets Wales

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Where is Oswestry? In Shropshire? Or Wales? Not sure? 

We would love you to discover Oswestry – where Shropshire meets Wales. It is an ancient Shropshire market town, so close to Wales that you can enjoy exploring both sides of the border. 
We say Oswestry is friendly, historic and surprising and we would love to show you why. Oswestry is a market town with great independent shops and friendly shopkeepers. 
Historic Oswestry began 3000 years ago at Old Oswestry, the iron age hill fort. Since then our lively market town has grown. It is now surrounded by awesome castles and stunning industrial heritage. Don’t miss the Unesco World Heritage site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or the heritage steam railways.
Our visitors have added surprising to the list. They say it’s surprising how many things there are to do in Oswestry and so many places to visit near here. Read on to find the best places to go walking, take a day out with the kids or just enjoy a countryside getaway.
Are you ready for a short break in this quiet corner of Shropshire? Maybe time to book that staycation you have been dreaming of? 

Click on the 💙 to choose your favourite places to see, stay and eat and drink and then view your itinerary.

COVID 19 – August 2021
We are excited to see Oswestry and the Borderlands beginning to open up again and look forward to seeing you soon. 
Some of our attractions are open for limited numbers. We do suggest you check before travelling or book online.

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Find the best days out with kids in and near Oswestry. Bring the whole family and enjoy exploring castles, riding on steam trains or just run wild in the wonderful Shropshire countryside.

 Ready to get active in Oswestry & the Welsh Borders? Stunning walks and great places for a bike ride are all around Oswestry, North Shropshire. Explore Offa’s Dyke, ride along canals and find the best places for walking near here.

Historic Oswestry – surrounded by historic sites, castles and houses. 
Visit Old Oswestry Hill Fort, Chirk Castle or Shropshire’s own Whittington Castle. Looking for awesome? Don’t miss Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. 

  • Oswestry Town
  • North East Wales
  • North Shropshire
  • Welshpool & Mid Wales
  • Shrewsbury & Shropshire
Visit Oswestry Town
Oswestry Town Centre

Visit Oswestry Town, a traditional and friendly North Shropshire market town with award-winning weekly markets, both indoor and outdoor, that bring visitors from all parts of Shropshire and North Wales. Visit on market days – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to enjoy the traditional market atmosphere but you can browse around the eclectic mix of independent shops any day of the week.
Find the story of the name of Oswestry and follow our history through to the railway heritage at Cambrian Heritage Railways.  Wander around town and follow the Wilfred Owen Trail to find more about the poet’s birthplace.
Enjoy the award winning park, nestled right in the centre of town and treat yourself in one of Oswestry’s pubs and cafes.
Ready to see more? Take a day out in any direction and be surprised there is so much to see and do nearby but don’t forget to come back to friendly Oswestry after your day out exploring where Shropshire meets Wales.

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Visit Chirk Aqueduct

Now that you have enjoyed visiting Oswestry – why not plan a day out in North East Wales? Oswestry is almost in Wales – in fact it was once! The battles are long gone but the beautiful Welsh hills are right on our doorstep. Wander down the Ceiriog Valley and on to tiny Welsh hamlets with local pubs and country hotels.
Visit Chirk to explore the awesome World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts. Offa’s Dyke wanders through this part of the country and close by is National Trust’s Chirk Castle. The riverside town of Llangollen with its horse drawn boats and International Eisteddfod is nearby too. Then on to Wrexham and another National Trust property is the Upstairs Downstairs world of Erddig House. 
An interesting day out with castles and industrial heritage - enjoy.

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Explore North Shropshire Would you like to explore a bit more of Shropshire? Oswestry is in the north western corner of the beautiful shire county of Shropshire so why not plan a day out in North Shropshire? Take a trip to old Oswestry Hill Fort and then on to Whittington – known for its medieval moated castle. On the way call in at one of Shropshire’s best farm attractions – Park Hall Countryside Experience. Then on to Ellesmere. Known as Shropshire’s Lake District, around here the lakes are actually known as meres and they have existed since the Ice Age. The tiny market town of Ellesmere sits between the largest of the meres and the Llangollen canal and is a great place for walking around both the meres and canal towpaths. Canals cut through North Shropshire and a lovely way to spend a few days is on a narrowboat holiday. Read More
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Follow the border from Oswestry south and you will find it echoed by the route of Offa’s Dyke. This long distance path from Prestatyn to Chepstow wanders across the border and, from Oswestry to Welshpool, is an especially fascinating section for walkers of all ages and abilities. Explore the history of lime making at Llanymynech Heritage Area and see the connection between the Montgomery Canal and Victorian industrial workings. Walk along the canal side or climb up to Llanymynech Rocks to see views all over Shropshire and Wales. Take a ride on one of Wales’ Great Little Trains at Welshpool and visit the National Trust Powis Castle and Gardens. Cycling and walking are popular at Lake Vyrnwy and it is short detour on your way back to Oswestry to one of the seven wonders of Wales – Pistyll Rhaeadr or  Llanrhaeadr Waterfall. Read More
British Ironwork Centre Oswestry is tucked away in the North West corner of Shropshire but a visit here won’t be complete without seeing some more of our beautiful county. Travel towards the county town of Shrewsbury to find an intriguing mix of attractions. Home of the iconic Knife Angel, visit the British Ironwork Centre for a glimpse of the largest metal zoo you can imagine. Take a countryside stroll along the beautiful Montgomery Canal or a diversion to the tiny black and white, riverside church at Melverley. Climb Nesscliffe Cliff for wonderful Shropshire views and a little look into the cave where Shropshire’s highwayman, Humphrey Kynaston is reputed to have lived. Follow the River Severn onto Shrewsbury and look for traces of the black and white town that Charles Darwin would recognise in his birth town. Visit in August for one of the world’s largest and oldest Flower Shows. Don’t leave our lovely shire county without visiting another World Heritage Site – the fascinating ten museums of the Ironbridge Gorge. Back to Oswestry now – time for a well deserved evening in one of many pubs and restaurants. Read More

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