All Iconic attractions of Oswestry and The Welsh Borderlands

Whittington Castle
Iconic attractions – Whittington Castle

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.

Melverley Church
Melverley Church

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.

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Jones the Boat – take a trip across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct with Jones the Boat

  • Oswestry Hillfort (Old Oswestry)

    Old Oswestry Hill Fort – this spectacular, dramatic & mysterious 3,000-year-old hill fort marks the beginning of one of Britain’s oldest settlements, Oswestry. Old Oswestry was built and occupied during the Iron Age (800 BC to AD 43) and is one of the best-preserved hill forts in Britain. It is Read more [...]

  • Breidden Hill & Rodney’s Pillar

    The Breidden Hills are an isolated group of three peaks above the right bank of the River Severn about 6 miles north east of Welshpool. The Breidden Hill is a volcanic feature, which dominates the area and stands over 1200ft high. Footpaths lead up to the summit with wonderful views Read more [...]

  • Wilfred Owen Festival

    The Wilfred Owen Festival will take place in Oswestry from September 15th to November 17th 2018 to commemorate the centenary of his death and the centenary of Armistice Day. November 4th 2018 will see the centenary of arguably our greatest war poets death followed just seven days later by the Read more [...]

  • Jones the Boats

    We are Jones the Boats, operating friendly narrowboat trips from Trevor near Llangollen. Come and join us on the restaurant narrowboat ‘Eirlys’ for the trip of a lifetime – a cruise along the Llangollen canal across the ‘stream in the sky’ – Thomas Telford’s famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct, 126 feet above Read more [...]

  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums

    Ironbridge Gorge Museums 10 Award Winning Attractions in a World Heritage Site. Where will your visit take you? A World Heritage Site and the beating heart of the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge is home to ten amazing museums that make an unforgettable experience. Rocket yourself back to the age of steam Read more [...]

  • Whittington Castle

    12th century moated castle in the centre of the village of Whittington. Free access to grounds.  Open all year.Tea room. Open Wednesday to Sunday during Summer and Thursday to Sunday during Winter, 10-4pm. Special events all trough the summer – living history re-enacments, live outdoor theatre, ghost tours. Unusual wedding venue Read more [...]

  • Erddig Hall near Wrexham

    Unique ‘upstairs downstairs’ property, most interesting are the kitchens, laundry, bake house, stables, sawmill & smithy used by the servants. The stunning staterooms display most of their original 18th & 19th century furniture. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design.

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    Park Hall Countryside Experience

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    Bring the Oswestry brochure and get 15% discount

    Visit Park Hall Countryside Experience. This award winning farm park is on the edge of Oswestry and is an all weather family attraction. Get involved with the animals whether it’s time with small animals or lamb feeding.  From early Spring through to Christmas there are great seasonal activities. Get active Read more [...]

  • St Oswald’s Well

    Oswald’s Well. Legend states that King Oswald was killed in battle against King Penda at the Battle of Maserfield an Eagle later lifted, flew and then dropped his arm at this site from whence a spring of water has since bubbled.

  • Llanrhaeadr Waterfall

    At 240ft Llanrhaeadr (Tan-y-Pistyll) Waterfall is the highest waterfall in England or Wales. Wonderful rock formations. Footpaths up to the top of the waterfall. Parking and coffee shop on site. Location: Follow signs from the centre of Llanrhaeadr on the B4396.

  • Llangollen Wharf

    The horsedrawn boats in Llangollen have been providing trips on the canal since 1894. 45 mins trips depart the wharf daily from Easter to end of October. There is a tearoom on the wharf providing good food, coffee and homemade cakes. We provide 2 hour motor boat trips over the Read more [...]

  • Melverley Church

    St. Peters Church at Melverley on the River Severn has been a place of Christian worship for about 1000 years. The current church was built and in use by 1406 and the font almost certainly dates to back to Saxon times.  The church is made with local Melverley oak and the Read more [...]

  • Chirk Castle

    A magnificent marcher fortress built by Roger Mortimer over 700 years ago – during the reign of King Edward I. It was bought by Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1595, and was then owned by the Myddelton family for over 400 years. Extensive work has been done over generations of Myddelton Read more [...]

  • Shrewsbury

    Set amidst glorious countryside near to the Welsh Borders, it is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. But stuck in the past it is not! The town centre is packed with timber-framed black & white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. In fact it boasts over 600 listed buildings Read more [...]