Our visitors are sometimes surprised by the number of important reminders of the industrial heritage in and around Oswestry. Thomas Telford certainly left his mark on the Borderlands and, with two Unesco world Heritage sites at Pontcysyllte and Ironbridge, your visit could concentrate solely on his legacy.
But other events shaped our history too and the railways played an important part in those.
All of these attractions are working to bring our history to life - discover more here. A day out discovering our railway heritage will take you from The Cambrian Railways in Oswestry and Llynclys down to Llangollen for some steam nostalgia and then over to the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway . Take a trip through the beautiful Powys countryside as you steam from Welshpool to Llanfaer Caerinion and back again.
The restored Hoffman Lime Kiln at Llanymynech is one of only 3 in the country and its location on the Montgomery Canal can help you begin your exploration of the canals that brought so much prosperity to the region.
Transport takes many forms and the diversity here is second to none, check the calendar for steam rallys and vintage motors. Then onto the most sedate form of transport as you are pulled along the canal by horse right to its source at the Horse Shoe Falls. Slowly across the “stream in the sky’ by narrow boat is another trip not to be missed while you are in the Borderlands.
Why not visit The British Ironworks too?
Cambrian Heritage Railways - visit us on 2 sites, one in the centre of Oswestry and one at Llynclys. trains most weekends throughout the summer.
The British Ironworks - sculpture park, working blacksmith, falconry displays, cafe.
Llangollen Wharf - horse drawn boat trips and trips across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
LLangollen Railway - steam through the beautiful Dee Valley.
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway - From the centre of town through beautiful border scenery to Llanfair Ceirinion