It is easy to find castles and historic buildings near Oswestry because this is Castle Country. If you love visiting castles, houses and historic buildings then Oswestry and The Welsh Borderlands are a great place to come. There was once a need to protect both sides of the borders of Shropshire and Wales. Today, visitors can simply enjoy the legacy of old conflicts by visiting the fascinating mix of castles, buildings and ruined remains that are left.
Some may only give a hint of what was once here. Oswestry Castle Mound and Old Oswestry Hillfort are mere earthworks now but visit both for the panoramic views. Still in Oswestry Town the old station building is home to Cambrian Heritage Railways and the museum.
Looking for an English castle? Nearest to Oswestry is Whittington Castle. It sits in a quintessential English village and with its moat is just what you would hope for – a legend about a pantomime character, a few ghostly happenings and a lively programme of events that bring its history to life.
A Welsh castle now? Somewhere much grander is Chirk Castle. This quite stern looking, grey Castle has guarded the Marches Border since medieval times. The dungeons remind you of the bitter times past, but the beautiful gardens soften the austere exterior. As it’s a National Trust property, there is a great programme of events. Don’t miss the spring snowdrop walks.
South of Oswestry, near Welshpool, is Powis Castle. A warm pinky red sandstone castle with fabulous gardens and the interior is stunning.
Wrexham is home to another National Trust property – the fascinating Erddig House. This beautiful house was a home until the 1970s and is a real treat for anyone interested in the upstairs-downstairs lifestyle of grand houses..
Back in Shropshire, the timber framed church at Melverley, sitting snuggly on the banks of River Severn, is always a fascinating visit.
Many of these impressive buildings hold events to bring our history to life - find out more here.