Wow! Iconic attractions of Oswestry and The Welsh Borderlands are stunning. You may not know Oswestry too well though you may be familiar with some of our more famous attractions. Start your visit to Oswestry town and then explore and visit some of the border treasures very close to our market town. Don’t miss the iron age hill fort of Old Oswestry. It could have been the birthplace of Queen Guinevere and is known as the Stonehenge of the Iron Age.
These Marcher Borderlands have been called a land of castles. Visit Whittington Castle with its moat and ducks and swans. The National Trust property of Chirk Castle has stood protecting the border for over 700 years. Another must see castle is Powis, near Welshpool, this mellow red stone castle towers over wonderful, world renowned gardens.
Canals wind their way through much of our landscape and the Unesco World Heritage site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near to Llangollen makes that town an essential on your list of places to visit. Take a trip on the canal while you’re here, either by horse drawn boat or a narrow boat cruise across that famous aqueduct Thomas Telford’s 'stream in the sky’. Less well known but almost as impressive is the aqueduct and viaduct at Chirk – time it right and you may see a train crossing at the same time as a more leisurely narrow boat. Take your torch and wander through the 421 metre tunnel. Further away but a great day out is the second of our Unesco World Heritage sites, Ironbridge Gorge Museum on the River Severn. Another wet and sometimes, definitely wild, attraction is the waterfall at Llanrhaeadr. Higher than Niagara, it is one of the seven wonders of Wales. Follow the River Severn to Melverley and stop at the delightful wooden framed church of St. Peter, it has been welcoming pilgrims since 1406 and is still open every day.
If industrial heritage attracts, call in at Llanymynech Lime Works. Visit one of only 3 remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country and explore it both inside and out.
Visit soon to discover the iconic attractions of Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands.