Exploring Oswestry and the Borderlands you will find an intriguing mix of attractions. Head south towards the county town of Shrewsbury and you can see a lot of heavy metal, an angel and call in for a drink at the local brewery and distillery.
The British Ironwork Centre- The British Ironwork Centre and Sculpture Park is on the outskirts of Oswestry. This unique attraction will fascinate and amaze you. Their metal sculpture trail will introduce you to everything from a golden giraffe to a scary oversized scorpion. From the huge Spoon Gorilla to the emotive Knife Angel, there is always something new to see. Often the working blacksmith is here and there are many interesting events and happenings all year.
Call in at Stonehouse Brewery and Henstone Distillery for a drink and get to see how the beer and gin are made on a tour. From summer 2020 the link will be made for trains to head back into town with Cambrian Heritage Railway.
Montgomery Canal - The Montgomery Canal heads towards Welshpool and Newtown. Once upon a time the trains would wait for the narrowboat to arrive from Newtown with its travellers before heading south. The canal is now creeping back to life as parts are restored and a very pleasant way to see the progress is with Cracker the horse as he pulls you along on a traditional narrow boat.
Nesscliffe & Kynaston’s Cave - Turn left at Nesscliffe and climb up to Kynaston’s cave. Shropshire’s only highway man (as far as we know) lived here with his horse Beelzebub, he was more Robin Hood than gangster.
Melverley Church - a right next and follow the River Severn through to Melverley. St. Peter’s black and white timber framed church sits on a bend of the river and has been welcoming pilgrims for about 1000 years.
Shrewsbury & River Severn - There is a rather gory tale about Sabrina, Welsh goddess of the River Severn but now the river meanders sleepily around the beautiful county town of Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury remembers Charles Darwin and he would have recognised many of the black and white buildings that make up the town centre.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums - the second Unesco World Heritage site not far from Oswestry is Ironbridge. The famous iron bridge is here and now the site has ten museums highlighting everything from Victorian life to industry, bone china and science. Spend time at Blists Hill, one of the ten museums and experience everything from the nostalgia of childhood sweet shops to a sing song in the village pub with ales from a bygone time. This is a full and unforgettable day out.