From Old Oswestry Hill Fort – the spectacular, dramatic & mysterious 3,000 year old beginning of one of Britain’s oldest settlements to a thriving border market town –
This is Oswestry – where Shropshire meets Wales
“What a friendly town” is an often heard comment from our visitors as they stroll around the streets of the border town of Oswestry. And it’s true – whether you come to the weekly street markets or to browse the interesting mix of independent and award winning shops, a warm welcome is sure to make your visit quite special. Shopping isn’t the only local activity though. Discover our industrial heritage with a visit to the Cambrian Heritage Railway or Town Museums or follow the Wilfred Owen trail to find out more about the famous war poet’s childhood in Oswestry. Guided Walking Tours of the town can be enjoyed all summer too. To really get to know Oswestry, make our Town TIC the first stop on your day out. It is the place to find visitor information and all about the attractions and events in Oswestry and the Welsh Borders. You’ll find us in the Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre through the churchyard opposite the Wynnstay Hotel.
“We must come back – there is so much to see and do” is another comment we often hear from our visitors. Oswestry sits snuggly between North West Shropshire and the hills of Powys. We invite you to explore around the town to discover so many different attractions and beautiful border landscapes. Take a different direction each day of your visit to really get to know Oswestry and the Welsh Borders. Want to discover more about our industrial heritage and the legacy of Thomas Telford at the world heritage site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or, perhaps, castles are your thing, Chirk, Whittington, Powis Castles are all close by?
How about canals and waterways? Don’t miss Llanrhaeadr waterfall or Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Or maybe you a looking for a great family day out- Park Hall Countryside Experience is a great place to start? Oswestry is a fantastic base for a walking holiday and it doesn’t matter whether you prefer a gentle stroll around the town, want to amble along some country lanes, climb up to Rodney’s Pillar or challenge yourselves to hike or bike along Offa’s Dyke Path.
Make sure you check out the what’s on and events pages before you come too, Oswestry is ‘Fest Fabulous’ all year and the choice of events means there is something for all the family to enjoy.
Looking for an unusual wedding venue? Have a look at our wedding pages – can we offer a castle or maybe a heritage railway, a perfect location for a wedding in Oswestry and the Borderlands of Shropshire and Wales.?
We think you will want to stay longer, there is so much to do and see in Oswestry & The Welsh Borderlands. A short break or a longer holiday, choose from traditional town hotels and B and Bs or stay in the wonderful Borderland Countryside. There are country house hotels, luxurious bed and breakfasts and an eclectic mix of self catering properties, some with hot tubs and many with amazing borderland views. Maybe camping is your thing? You can book into a camp site with your tent or caravan or why not try glamping? There are some sites with very comfortable pods. Narrowboat holidays are a popular way to see the Welsh Borderlands too, canals wander through both Shropshire and Wales and of course you could get to cross the famous aqueducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte. Thinking of bringing your dog too? There are lots of places in and around Oswestry that welcome dogs including our market. The Visitor & Exhibition Centre is especially dog friendly and there are some lovely places to stay in Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands where dogs are welcome.
Have we tempted you to visit? We do hope so and you might want to taste the flavours of The Borderlands whilst you are here. Cafe Culture is doing well in Oswestry Town with lots of delicious coffee and tea shops. The Oswestry Food and Drink Festival in July showcases lots of local flavours too. and Oswestry has long been renowned for the mix of pubs and bars in the town centre. Something more relaxed? Discover town restaurants and country pubs where you will find a very warm Borderland welcome.
Explore Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands
– where Shropshire meets Wales