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. Don’t miss a stroll through town on market day.
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? We hope you will visit soon.
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COVID 19 – May 2021
We are excited to see Oswestry and the Borderlands beginning to open up again and look forward to seeing you soon. There are still restrictions though so please do follow all the rules and stay safe.
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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.
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.
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. There’s a great day out for kids at Techniquest in Wrexham too.
An interesting day out with castles and industrial heritage - enjoy.