Are you ready for a Summer break?
Looking for somewhere a bit different? Do you know where Shropshire is? Not sure? It’s England’s biggest inland county and it’s beautiful. Maybe you haven’t heard of Oswestry either? It’s a friendly market town nestled right on the border with North Wales.
Can we tell you more about this lovely town almost in Wales but firmly in England? History has given our border location the most amazing mix of places to visit and we want you to discover them all.
Spring time is a great time to visit this unexplored part of Shropshire – why not book your staycation now?
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Oswestry is a border market town almost surrounded by Wales.
The markets have been here for over 800 years and are a vibrant part of our town’s heritage. Don’t miss market days or the eclectic mix of independent shops.
Stay longer and walk on Old Oswestry, once an impressive iron age hill fort but now a haven of wildlife with wonderful views across Shropshire.
An impressive Marcher castle at Chirk and a tiny semi ruined village castle in Whittington form part of the fascinating trail of castles and historic sites near Oswestry.
From majestic National Trust Powis Castle to the fascinating upstairs downstairs world at Erddig near Wrexham, discover the myths and legends of our Welsh Border heritage in castles near here.
Are you ready for a border walk? This is where Shropshire meets Wales and you will find so many wonderful places for walking near here.
Will you take the challenge and walk Offa’s Dyke? How about ambling along the Shropshire Way or a wander around Oswestry as you follow Oswald’s trail? If a gentle stroll along canal towpaths is more your thing, The Montgomery Canal is waiting for you.
The Lake District in Shropshire is a gentle mix of nine lakes or meres scattered around the market town of Ellesmere. The meres are a wonderful escape for anyone who likes to amble alongside beautiful lakes looking out for the amazing bird life.
Visit the lovely market town and then wander on to follow the canals that will lead you further into Shropshire or head over towards Wales and Llangollen.
Spend a day travelling on three different heritage trains at Oswestry, Welshpool and Llangollen. Will you ride on Welshpool and Llanfair Railway and enjoy the beautiful Mid Wales scenery as you travel between the little towns of Welshpool and Llanfair Caerinion? Or follow the stunning Dee Valley on The Llangollen Railway? Or Cambrian Heritage Railways in Oswestry – their trips begin this year from right in the centre of Oswestry out to Stonehouse Brewery and Henstone Distillery.
Industrial heritage winds through Oswestry and the Borderlands. You can take a walk across the stream in the sky at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or explore the quiet canal side walks of the Montgomery or Llangollen canals. Explore the fascinating lime works at Llanymynech or take a horse drawn boat trip at Llangollen.
The power of the industrial ages translate into fascinating and peaceful days near Oswestry.