Oswestry

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.

Oswestry Map

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)


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

The Old Forge Bed & Breakfast

A warm and friendly atmosphere greets guests at The Old Forge Bed & Breakfast, situated in the beautiful Shropshire village of Knockin.

Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8HQ

01691 682024

Special offer for single occupancy. Please contact us for prices.

Tel: 01691 682024    Email: enquiries@oldforgeknockin.co.uk

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Locally (within two miles) there is an Indian Restaurant offering 20% off all food and a pub with restaurant offering 10% off the total cost of the bill.

PLEASE MENTION SHROPSHIRE TOURISM WHEN BOOKING


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

Winter Special Offer

Stay at this “get-away-from-it-all” retreat in the Shropshire hills for Dinner B&B any two nights between now and

December 16th and obtain a 20% discount from our full rates, a four course dinner each night and complimentary cream tea and scones on arrival. We are also running a 10% discount from our in-house spa treatments at the moment.

Smaller Double £78.00 per person per night DBB

Standard Double £82.00 per person per night DBB

Master Double £93.00 pppn DBB (Spa bath or private patio)

Superior Double £100.00 pppn DBB (Double Jacuzzi)

Or follow the on-line booking link to check our live availability

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

The Old Forge Barn

Situated in the beautiful Shropshire village of Knockin, The Old Forge Barn Conversion Holiday Accommodation is run by Wendy and Colin.

Knockin, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8HQ

01691 682024


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


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


McDonald Landrover Ltd

01691 657705

Unit 18 Mile Oak Industrial Estate, Maesbury Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8GA


Honeysuckle Wholefoods Co-operative

01691 653125

53 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SZ


Cambrian House Emporium

01691 652257

Cambrian Works, Gobowen Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1HT


Cocoa Epicure

07540 533891


Booka Bookshop & Cafe

01691 662244

26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SP


Oswestry Food & Drink Festival

07972 113619

Oswestry, Shropshire


Antique & Collectors Fair

01824 703110

Oswestry Showground, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS


Open Day with Uri Geller

01691 610952

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


Oswestry Christmas Light Switch On

Oswestry, Shropshire


Food & Drink 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 Wynnstay Hotel and Spa

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

01691 655261

Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SZ


The Sweeney Country House Hotel

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

01691 652450

Morda, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9EU


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.

01691 653700

Rhydycroesau, Nr. Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7JD


The Oswestrian

01691 653053

English Walls, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2PA


Oswald's Cross

0871 527 8864

Rods Meadow , Maes-Y-Clawdd Maesbury, , Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8NN


The Village Pantry

01691657965

Crossways, Llanymynech, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY22 6EN


The Bell

01691 657068

61 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SZ


Ye Olde Vaults

01691 654001

14 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SP


The Wilfred Owen

01691 684910

17 Willow Street, Wheston Rhyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1AG