All Industrial Heritage and Transport in Oswestry and the Borderlands

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.

Llangollen canal - horse drawn boat
Horse drawn boat on the Llangollen canal

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.

Llanymynech Lime Works
Llanymynech – Hoffman Kiln and the Limeworks

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?

Featured Attractions:

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

Oswestry - Cambrian railways
Cambrian Heritage Railways
  • 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 [...]

  • Heritage Open Days

    Heritage Open Days take place every September and they are England’s biggest festival of history. Oswestry celebrates them with a huge programme of events and visits – many that are not available for the rest of the year.  At the Visitor Centre we have an exhibition about Wilfred Owen, Barbara Read more [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Oswestry Town Museum

    Oswestry Town Museum tells the history of the town through the stories of local people. With a range of objects and exhibitions, including the old jail door, a timeline of the town’s history, and natural history exhibits. A new exhibition for 2018 looks at love letters written between two soldiers Read more [...]

  • Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

    Welcome to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush Read more [...]

  • Clwyd Veteran And Vintage Machinery Show

    Clwyd Veteran and Vintage Machinery Society Ltd hold their annual show at Oswestry Showground in June. Sections including Steam Engines; Vintage Commercial Vehicles, Fire Engines, Buses and Campervans; Stationary Engines; Horses; Vintage Tractors and Horticultural machinery; Vintage Caravans; Outdoor Displays and Collections; Organs; Classic, Vintage and Veteran Cars; Vintage Pedal Read more [...]

  • British Ironwork Centre

    We have made everything from larger than life animals, flowers and water features, through to almost anything you could wish for, for the home, garden and grounds. Not only do we make strong, beautiful hardware, that is made to last, we have created delicate, fretwork, and hand wrought scroll work. Read more [...]

  • Oswestry Walking Tours

    Learn about plagues, fires, battles, riots and how the coming of the railway changed the economy of Oswestry. Organised groups (daytime/evening) can be booked by phoning 01691 662753 and asking for a booking form.

  • Cambrian Heritage Railways & Museum

    Cambrian Heritage Railways and Museum. Heritage Trains operate in Oswestry & Llynclys. There are plans to reopen the entire 8 mile route which will see trains running for the first time since the 1960’s from Gobowen – Blodwell, Llynclys & Pant. Both railways are open weekends/Bank Holidays from April-October. Train Read more [...]

  • Tanat Valley Light Railway

    The Tanat Valley Light Railway Company own almost 2 miles of this historically important section of local railway history. It is the last remaining section of the ‘Old Potts’ which ran in its heyday from the Abbey station in Shrewsbury out to Criggion, Llanymynech and Nant Mawr, because this section 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 [...]

  • Bywater Cruises

    There is no better way to relax and unwind from the stress of modern living than to sit comfortably aboard our special horse-drawn narrowboat and enjoy a memorable journey as you cruise through unspoilt Shropshire countryside on the quiet waters of the Montgomery Canal.

  • Llangollen Railway

    Llangollen Railway is the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales. We are located beside the historic Dee Bridge (built in 1345) in the centre of Llangollen town. The journey is a relaxing 10 miles travelling through the stunning Dee Valley to the lovely town of Corwen the cross Read more [...]