Each town near to Oswestry and many villages have their own iconic attraction – enjoy the unique identity of each border treasure.
These Marcher Borderlands have been called a land of castles. Bring your imagination and begin at Castle Mound in the centre of Oswestry, there is little of the original castle but the views over Oswestry Town are worth the visit. Next go over to see Whittington Castle with its moat and wildfowl. You can visit all year but to bring their history to life, do go when one of the re-enactment events is taking place. The National Trust property of Chirk Castle is perched above the border town of Chirk and this impressive stone castle has stood protecting it 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.
Canals, rivers and lakes become iconic attractions in these Welsh Borderlands. The waterfall at Llanrhaeadr is higher than Niagara and 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!
Rodney’s Pillar and Breidden Hill have to be on your must see list too. The Pillar is 365 metres tall and provides a stunning viewpoint over the valley and down to the market town of Welshpool.
Jones the Boat - take a trip across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct with Jones the Boat