Oswestry is a traditional and friendly market town and the award-winning markets, both indoor and outdoor, draw visitors from all parts of Shropshire and into Wales. Visit on market days – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. There are speciality markets all through the year and the Artisan Market on the last Friday of every month is especially popular. Meet shop keepers who want to pass the time of day with you and enjoy the eclectic mix of independent shops selling anything from bric a bac to books. There is an independent, totally modern and award winning book shop which often hosts talks by authors from around the globe. Quirky antique shops and galleries seem to be opening every few weeks and fashion shops are mostly independents.
Oswestry town is said to be named after king and saint Oswald and St Oswald’s Church is a centre piece of the town. A walk through the churchyard (watch out for the squirrels!) will bring you to The Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre(known to locals as the Heritage Centre), the original Oswestry School building and one of the oldest independent schools in the country. The Town TIC is here and the centre enjoys an ever changing programme of exhibitions by local artists.
Oswald, king and martyr, died a grisly death at the great battle at Maserfield. A holy well is said to have sprung where a great bird dropped his arm and a short stroll will take you to this now tranquil spot of Oswald’s Well.
In later times, Welsh woollen merchants would come to trade. This heritage continues today with thriving weekly markets bringing the best local produce to town. On Wednesdays you can visit the local cattle market as well as browsing the many stalls of both indoor and outdoor markets.
The railways followed, built by one of Oswestry’s great characters, Thomas Savin, later mayor of Oswestry. Find his story at Oswestry Town Museum and more railway heritage at The Cambrian Railways Museum.
Another famous son of Oswestry was Wilfred Owen the war poet. He spent his early childhood here and to discover more about his childhood and the Oswestry he knew, there is a trail that can be downloaded.
Ready to chill out? Wander into Cae Glas Park just a few steps away from the centre of the town and sit amongst the glorious flowers or challenge the family to a game of crazy golf or crown green bowls. You won’t find a more laid back way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon either – bring a picnic and enjoy one of the free concerts in the park.
The evening scene in Oswestry can be as lively or laid back as you wish. Local restaurants celebrate all our wonderful local produce and if you really want to meet the locals, call in at one of our many pubs; you’ll find quiz nights, music or just a friendly corner to enjoy a pint of local ale.