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Best Things to Do in Oswestry & The Welsh Borderlands

The best things to do and see in Oswestry, Shropshire and the Welsh Borderlands are here! Explore the places where Shropshire meets Wales. 

Old Oswestry, the iron age hill fort near here is the beginning of wonderful days out visiting moated castles, historic houses and stunning historic places to visit near here. Don’t miss National Trust properties, Chirk Castle, Powis Castle and Erddig.
Visit a real Shropshire castle with its moat at Whittington or wonder at the majestic Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts.

Steam trains and sky high aqueducts are just a few of the amazing industrial heritage sites around Oswestry. Don’t miss Welshpool, Llangollen and Cambrian Heritage Railways, the awesome World Heritage site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the fascinating 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.  Why not follow Oswald’s Trail or the Shropshire way? 

Visit a farm park or a metal 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.  Have fun in Oswestry & the Welsh Borderlands. 

Visit a gallery with local crafts or explore Oswestry’s history at the Town Museum. Find out what’s on in Oswestry & the Borderlands and plan your visit.

Thomas Telford’s aqueduct, the medieval castles at Chirk and Whittington and the ramparts of Old Oswestry, Iron Age hill fort. So many iconic 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, take a stroll, amble or hike and enjoy the views.

From an award winning town centre park to stunning castle grounds and hidden away nature reserves, explore nature in Oswestry & the Borderlands.

Explore Shropshire’s Lake District at Ellesmere, travel along tranquil canal towpaths or cycle around Lake Vyrnwy. Wonder at Llanrhaeadr Waterfall or follow the scenic River Severn. 

Traditional, welcoming hotels, medieval castles or even a station! Find your perfect wedding venue in Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands.

Oswestry Town is renowned as a market town and for the friendliness of our shopkeepers. Come on market Day and get to know our lovely indie shops.

Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands have so many dog friendly days out and places to visit – we think you will
be spoilt for choice.

Oswestry things to do

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? 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 stunning 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 being a knight or princess for a day to taking a ride on a steam train. How about watching local piggy racing or going on a great metal safari?
Arts and events add another dimension to your visit. Visit local galleries and museums and check out the best events in and around 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 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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