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Best Things to Do in Oswestry & The Welsh Borderlands

Oswestry is a historic Shropshire market town very near to Wales. If you want to find out the best things to do in Shropshire and places to visit near here, then read on to find out more about what Oswestry and The Borderlands are like and what to do when you get here.
Discover castles and historic attractions, the wonders of Wales and Llanrhaeadr waterfall. Walk the borderland trails such as Offa’s Dyke and don’t miss the views from Rodney’s pillar. Find the best family days out near here and don’t miss our great heritage train lines.
Don’t miss: Oswestry Market Town | Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site | Llanrhaeadr Waterfall | Chirk Castle | Shrewsbury Jail | Cambrian and Welshpool Railways | Rodney’s Pillar | British Ironwork Centre


From a three thousand year old hill fort at old Oswestry to border castles like Chirk and Powis and a Victorian jail– discover our historic attractions.
Take time to explore all the best historic places to visit near to Oswestry.
Don’t miss: Chirk Castle | Powis Castle | Shrewsbury Jail | Whittington Castle

Steam trains on heritage railways and sky high aqueducts are just some of the amazing industrial heritage sites around Oswestry. Don’t miss Welshpool and Llanfair, Llangollen and Cambrian Heritage Railways, the awesome World Heritage site of Pontcysyllte and Chirk. Aqueducts and the lime works at Llanymynech.

Did you know that Shropshire is England’s largest inland county?
That means there are miles and miles of places to walk or cycle. Offa’s Dyke national trail wanders along near here and the stunning views will show you perfectly where Shropshire meets Wales.  Follow Oswald’s Trail or the Shropshire way? 

Visit an award farm park or a metal sculpture zoo – Oswestry family days out can be a surprise! Take a ride on a heritage train, go cycling round lakes or along canals or be a knight or princess for day.  Take on a laser quest or play crazy golf in the park.
Don’t miss Park Hall Countryside Experience and the British Ironwork Centre. 

Oswestry’s what’s on guide is an introduction to wonderful borderland events. Visit our museums and galleries and enjoy Oswestry’s events such as The Food and Drink Festival and Hot Air Balloon Carnival.
Don’t miss Oswestry Town Museum and The Cambrian Railway Museum.

From Thomas Telford’s ‘stream in the sky’ at Pontcysyllte aqueduct, Chirk aqueduct and viaduct, the medieval castles at Chirk and Whittington and Powis and the ramparts of Old Oswestry, Iron Age hill fort. These are the iconic, not to be missed historic attractions to visit in Oswestry & The Welsh Borderlands.

Border landscapes are stunning. From the top of Old Oswestry Hill Fort, the Old Racecourse and all along Offa’s Dyke Path, take a stroll, amble or hike and enjoy the views. Climb up to Rodney’s pillar for stunning Shropshire and Welsh views and don’t miss the beautifully scenic Lake Vyrnwy.

From an award winning Cae Glas Park in Oswestry town centre to stunning castle parklands and gardens and hidden away nature reserves. Explore nature in Oswestry & the Borderlands.
Don’t miss Llanymynech, Ifton Meadows, the tranquil canal towpaths and Old Oswestry’s Ironage hillfort.

Explore Shropshire’s Lake District at Ellesmere, go paddle boarding on tranquil canals or cycle around Lake Vyrnwy. Did you know there is a stunning waterfall near Oswestry? Visit Llanrhaeadr Waterfall, one of the seven wonders of Wales or follow the scenic River Severn as it meanders through Shropshire.

Where will you marry? A traditional, welcoming hotel? How about a medieval castles or even a station or a unique museum? There are beautiful and quirky places to be married near Oswestry. Find your perfect wedding venue in Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands. It could even be dog friendly!

Oswestry is renowned as a Shropshire market town. The twice weekly street markets bring visitors from miles around and the bustling indoor market is just the place for a bargain. Wander around the town centre’s streets and alley ways to discover award winning shops and don’t miss the local brewery, distillery and vineyard!

Thinking of a day out and want to bring your pet too? Oswestry and the borderlands are truly dog friendly. In fact, we have been renamed Dogwestry! Watch our video of the best places to visit with your dog near here.
Find shops, places to eat and drink and attractions that you will enjoy with your dogs. 

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Map of Oswestry & the Borderlands

Do you want to go walking near here? Walks around Oswestry include everything from the challenge of Offa’s Dyke to gentle strolls along canals brimming with wild life. Whether you are looking for places to walk or stroll, amble or hike, you will find them here, some in North Shropshire, some in North Wales – Oswestry and The Borderlands is a great destination for a walking holiday. Going faster? Cycle along tranquil canal towpaths or head for the hills for a more challenging bike ride.
Ready to discover ancient castles and historic houses like Chirk and Powis Castles? Or how about the iconic attractions created through history? Find heritage railways in the Borderlands in Oswestry town, Welshpool and Llangollen.
Don’t miss Thomas Telford’s stunningWorld heritage site of the Aqueducts at Pontcysyllte and Chirk which showcase the beautiful canals that criss cross Oswestry & The Borderlands.
One of the best things about exploring Oswestry & the Borderlands is finding so many fantastic places for family fun. Your best days out with the kids can be anything from a fun filled farm day at Park hall Countryside Experience, being a knight or princess for a day or taking a ride on a steam train. Visit The Brtitish Ironwork Centre for a surreal family day out with a metal safari. Arts and events add another dimension to your visit. Visit Oswestry local galleries and museums and check out the best events in Oswestry.
Another highlight of the area around Oswestry is the stunning scenery and views. From the top of Old Oswestry Hillfort or Rodney’s Pillar to Llanymynech Rocks and Nesscliffe Hill. The views over Shropshire and Wales are awesome.
Would you like to get a bit closer to the local plants and nature? From town to country, formal to wild, Oswestry & the Borderlands offer everything for a garden or nature lover.
You will come across lots of water as you explore both sides of the border near Oswestry. From the wildness of Llanrhaeadr waterfall  near Oswestry to the tranquillity of the lakes at Ellesmere and Lake Vyrnwy, from the wild life on the Montgomery Canal to the “Stream in the Sky at Pontcysyllte”. Enjoy our wet, and sometimes wild, border waterscapes.

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