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The Perfect Day Out in Oswestry - 8 best things to do

Ready to spend a day out somewhere a bit different?
Here are the 8 best things to do in a day in the border market town of Oswestry in Shropshire.

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the indoor market is full of individual stalls selling everything from cake decorations to coffee and more. Wednesdays and Fridays are street market days. Wander up and down Bailey Street to browse the eclectic mix of stalls.  

Explore the indie shops around town. There’s our award independent bookshop and an awesome kitchen shop to begin with. If antiques and curios are your thing, then the antiques emporium will keep you fascinated for hours. How about eclectic gift shops, a whole-food heaven or a proper pet shop?

Take a look at our galleries and museums. Oswestry Town Museum is a fascinating glimpse into our heritage. Are trains your thing? Cambrian Heritage Railways Museum will tell you more about the railway heritage of Oswestry. Don’t miss Willow Gallery and the Qube for local arts and crafts.

Visit The Tourist Information Centre, it’s open on market days and is the place to find out all you need to know about the town and what’s on.You can get maps and Oswestry souvenirs and buy local crafts.  If you want to know more about Oswestry’s history, follow the town heritage trail.

Climb up Castle Bank. It is opposite the TIC. Oswestry Castle once stood here but now the grassy mound is a great place to get a panoramic view of the town even as far as Old Oswestry Hill Fort.

Oswestry is famous for its pubs! Many of the oldest buildings in town have been pubs at some time. Call in for a pint or a meal and meet our friendly pub hosts. Try real ales from microbreweries and don’t miss Oswestry’s very own distillery and brewery on the edge of town.

Café culture – Oswestry is enjoying the vibe of proper café culture. Choose your coffee shop or café, order something scrumptious and sit and pass a few hours just people watching.

Don’t miss the park, especially the award winning summer flower displays.
Spend a few minutes at the life size Wilfred Owen memorial sculpture before exploring the rest of the park. The poet was born in Oswestry in 1893.  

Read on to find out how to get here and for more information

There are town centre car parks for long and short stays. The largest is Central Car Park opposite Marks and Spencers and Boots. 

Where is Oswestry? Oswestry is in the north west corner of Shropshire, almost in Wales. Get here via the M54,A5 or M56, A55, A483.

Want to find a business in Oswestry? Maybe you are thinking of moving to our beautiful part of Shropshire? For estate agents, solicitors and more – have look at the One Oswestry web site.

There is so much to see and do near Oswestry, we hope you will want to stay longer than a day. Visit border castles, wonder at sky high aqueducts and take a trip on a heritage train. 

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A day out in Oswestry