Visit Oswestry

How much do you know about Oswestry?  Well we here at coachholidays.com, thought we would introduce this lively little market town, and tell you a little more about it.

Located in the North of Shropshire, Bordering Wales, Oswestry lies at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains.  Its inviting charisma displays a history of true British heritage, but also hosts a world of exciting attractions.  In the main part of the town, there is the visitor information centre, which may be a good place to pop in to at the start of your travels.  Then you can enjoy the local art exhibitions and a coffee at the local café.  While doing all of this you may get distracted by the beautiful gardens and floral displays that Oswestry proudly presents.  It’s In Bloom Committee have achieved Gold in the regional competition for the last seven years.

Oswestry has a wonderful history with the railway, being close to the Cambrian Railway Museum and the Cambrian Station Building which were once headquarters of the railway.  In fact, coming up on the 11th/12th August, there will be the ‘Steam Event Special’, where the steam will be provided by a 2’ narrow gauge railway and there will be demonstrations by model engineers.  This is an event not to be missed if you are a rail fan.

Within a ten minute drive from Oswestry, you will discover the exquisite Whittington Castle, held by the Marcher Lords and was key station of defence against the Welsh throughout the 12th and 13th Century, when it became home to the Fitzwarine family.  Completed by a medieval moat, this beautiful landscape makes a perfect day out.  Also within a ten minute drive you will find the Iron Age Hill Fort, scenic canals, a world heritage aqueduct and the River Dee.

There are a variety of sports and outdoor activities to do in Oswestry.  If you like to be out in the open air, and enjoy a good hike, or even just a gentle stroll along the river, you can head out of Oswestry onto the borderlands, where the Shropshire plain reels into the horizon, and discover more hidden country villages and natural beauty spots along the way.

If you are planning a holiday for the family, especially with younger ones, there is something for everyone.  Close by is the Venue, which offers a play area for the little ones, ten pin bowling, a games zone and a health spa.  There is also Oswestry’s new leisure centre where you can splash and swim in the two pools.  There is also Park Hall which is home to a wide variety of animals that live on the farm, and also hosts a selection of learning zones for the younger ones.

So we know that Oswestry is accessible by car, making for a wonderful self-drive destination, but what about if we don’t drive I hear you ask ?!  Well, there is a coach drop off point on Chapel Street next to Market Hall, which is pretty much is the perfect location to access the town itself, or use the local transport to find your way around.

So what is coming up in and around Oswestry this summer?

4th August – The Oswestry Show

18th-19th August – Whittington Castle – Craft and Country Fair

1st-2nd September – ‘Maesbury 12 Canal Festival’ – at Maesbury

6th-9th September – Heritage Open Days

27th October – Toy and Train Fair – Oswestry Show Ground

28th October – Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area – Halloween Activities – make your own pumpkin lantern and ghost stories inside Hoffman Kiln.

For more information about Oswestry you can also visit www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk  ot@oswestry-welshborders.org.uk.

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