Shropshire is quintessential England, obviously. But as you head towards Oswestry in our northwest corner, you get an inescapable feeling of, well...Welshness washing over you.

For here, the mountains of Wales embrace our green and pleasant county at no extra charge. As you delve deeper you'll find a blending of cultures that's created a unique and genuine Anglo-Welsh alliance.

Oswestry, is a pretty town in northern Shropshire. It was named after King Oswald of Northumbria, who died in AD641.

King Oswald met a sticky end when he was nailed to a tree, hence the name "Oswald's Tree". A local legend suggests that an eagle took a limb and flew off. The eagle later dropped it and where it landed a spring burst forth which became known as St Oswald's Well.

The many remnants of more turbulent times show that Oswestry was once a strategically vital frontier town. An ancient hill-fort - said to be the birthplace of Queen Guinevere - stands proud overlooking the town, and Offa's Dyke marks out the border between these two great nations.

Oswestry is the best place to start exploring the Welsh Mountains and discover the delights of Lake Vyrnwy and the charm of the majestic castles of Powis, Chirk and Whittington which formed part of a later chain of fortifications, and are just down the road.

Celtic mists and forests immediately tell you, here is a land of myth and legend. In the dark ages, all Shropshire was part of the Kingdom of Powys, and the earliest references to a real King Arthur point to his being the post-Roman, pre-Saxon king of this region.

Ancient signs abound. All around lie the wells and springs of saints, blessed with the power to heal believers - or at the very least, to inspire the more cynical. Less holy but every bit as inspiring is the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, at 240 feet taller than Niagara and one of the Severn wonders of Wales. It certainly impressed George Borrow who wrote "An immense skein of silk agitated and disturbed by tempestuous blasts. I never saw water falling so gracefully" - a must see or at least worth a visit anyway !

Oswestry has been home to many poets, musicians, eccentrics and villains. The greatest of Great War poets, Wilfred Owen, was born here in 1893, but it must have been a blushing crow to the English teachers at the local Grammar School (now Oswestry Heritage centre) when they produced the Reverend Spooner, of Spoonerism fame.

The ability of the Reverend to get his words tupsy-torvy was legendary. His dinner toast to Victoria, "our dear old Queen", for example, came out quite, quite differently ("our queer old dean"). Could it be that the unfortunate cleric's tounge-tied state can be explained by his Shropshire roots? There are numerous fine pubs and local brews to be sampled around the county, many of which would have been familiar to the Reverend.

Another local eccentric was 'Mad Jack' Mytton, whose exploits included riding a bear across his dining room table. His famous cure for hiccups - setting fire to his shirt - is, we believe, still practised in some more isolated parts of the region.

Spectacular limestone cliffs at Llanymynechwhere lead, copper and zinc have been mined since Roman times is now a haven for wildlife and a unique Hoffman Horizontal Kiln (Whatever that is!).

Nearby there's lots to see and do:- Nescliffe Country Park - site of an iron age hill fort and the cave of the 18th Century highwayman Humprey Kynaston - Shropshire's very own Robin Hood.

Offa's Dyke, the Oswestry Transport Museum and the Llangollen and Montgomery Canals. Don't miss the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at 126 feet above the River Dee it is one of Thomas Telford's masterpieces.

You can also go on a themed walking tour of the town, with costumed guides that reflect the towns past. For more information on costumed and themed guided tours around Oswestry contact Oswestry Town Visitor Information Centre on 01691 662753.

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Attractions in Oswestry

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Park Hall Countryside Experience

National award winning farm park with oodles of animal fun, action and adventure for the kids.

Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS

01691 671123

15% off daily entrance with the Shropshire Days Out voucher.(Excludes Annual Passes)

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British Ironwork Centre

The British Ironwork Centre is a family company, long dedicated to, and passionate about the preservation and creation of quality metal work, in all it’s forms.

Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH

01691 610952

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Eleven miles of World Heritage on the border of Shropshire and North Wales; the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (including Chirk Aqueduct near Oswestry and the Horseshoe Falls at Llantysilio, near Llangollen) was awarded official UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2009.

Trevor Basin, Wrexham, LL20 7TG

01978 292015

Chirk Aqueduct

Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct is one of the two aqueducts within the World Heritage Site just a few miles downstream from Pontcysyllte. Completed in 1801, Chirk Aqueduct carries the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal high above the Ceiriog Valley and offers more beautiful views.

Wrexham, LL14 5BS

01978 292015

Accommodation in Oswestry

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The Sweeney Country House Hotel

The Sweeney Country House Hotel, set in the gorgeous rolling Marches, has everything you could want from a Hotel.

Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9EU

01691 652450

The AA Country House Hotel 3 Star Accommodation Grading

Hordley Hall

Spacious Georgian house in very peaceful location. 3 miles from Ellesmere. Ideal for walking, cycling, touring. Easy access to Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Chester and Llangollen.

Hordley (near Ellesmere), Shropshire, SY12 9BB

01691 622772

The Wynnstay Hotel and Spa

This former Georgian posting inn, dating from 1727, has 34 deluxe bedrooms, and a purpose built conference and banqueting suite.

Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SZ

01691 655261

The AA Hotel 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel

Pen-y-Dyffryn looks an absolute gem of a place - and it is. Set in staggeringly beautiful hill-country, this silver-stone former Georgian rectory is on an oasis of peace, quiet & friendly informality on the Shropshire/Welsh border.

Nr. Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7JD

01691 653700


20% discount from our full Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rates. Offer includes complimentary tea, scones, clotted cream & jam.

Prices from:

Smaller Double £94.00 per person per night DBB
Standard Double £102.00 per person per night DBB
Master Double £114.00 pppn DBB (Spa bath or private patio)
Superior Double £122.00 pppn DBB (Double Jacuzzi)

The AA Country House Hotel 3 Star Accommodation Grading

Fernwood Caravan Park

Fernwood is a picturesque, family-run, sixty six acre Park offering peace and tranquillity, which caters for Holiday Homes with a separate area for touring caravans.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0QF

01948 710221

Visit Britain Holiday and Touring Park 5 Star Accommodation Grading

Lion Quays Hotel & Spa

Located in rolling Shropshire countryside, Lion Quays Hotel & Spa is a tranquil oasis of luxury and leisure.

Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3EN

01691 684300

Leisure and spa break details can be found on our website http://www.lionquays.co.uk/bedrooms/great-rates-and-offers/

The AA Hotel 4 Star Accommodation Grading

River Cottage

Set in tranquil countryside surroundings on the banks of River Vyrnwy, River Cottage is the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday.

Melverley, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8PJ

01938 580286

Visit Britain Self-Catering 3 Star Accommodation Grading

Crest Narrow Boats

Crest Narrowboats are a luxury fleet of Cruiser and Semi–Traditional Narrowboats available for booking for both Short Breaks and Weekly Hire along the Llangollen and Trent & Mersey Canals.

Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AD

01691 774558

Henlle Hall Holidays

Henlle Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian country house, with five cottages and three woodland lodges set in 17 acres of glorious parkland, on the border of England and Wales.

Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AX

01691 662000

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Shops in Oswestry

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British Ironwork Centre

The British Ironwork Centre is a family company, long dedicated to, and passionate about the preservation and creation of quality metal work, in all it’s forms.

01691 610952

Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH

The Meat Man

01691 658270

94a Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1AL

Sheep Dog Trials

01691 610952

The British Ironworks Centre, Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH

Amulet Antique Fair

01824 703110

Oswestry Showground, Whittington, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AB

Gillhams Delicatessen & Coffee Shop

01691 653187

27 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SU

The Great Penny Farthing Race Spectacular

01691 610952

The British Ironwork Centre, Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH

Upstairs Downstairs

01691 658591

35 - 39 Leg Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2NN

Albion Hill Collectables & Jewellery

07790 036415

5 Albion Hill, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1QA


07530 819079

2 Upper Lord Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1LT

Food & Drink in Oswestry

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Lepone's Ristorante Italiano

01691 659965

14 Salop Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2NU

Gillhams Delicatessen & Coffee Shop

01691 653187

27 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SU

Upstairs Downstairs

01691 658591

35 - 39 Leg Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2NN