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Holidays in Oswestry

Home town of famous war poet Wilfred Owen

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Oswestry museum

Close to the border with Wales, Oswestry is an historic market town which has kept much of its character and charm. A short stroll around the town’s narrow streets will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time, with names like English Walls and Ferrers Road harking back to olden times.

To this day, the weekly markets draw locals and visitors alike, with the indoor market at Bailey Head every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and the outdoor market every Wednesday and Saturday. If you happen to be visiting on the last Friday of the month, make sure you take a wander around the farmers and artisan market where you’ll find delicious local produce, straight from the growers and makers.

If culture is more your cup of tea, head for the Cambrian Railways Heritage Museum where you can see operational carriages and exhibits which tell the history of the Cambrian Railways Company, complete with original artefacts and interesting relics.

The Guildhall on Bailey Head houses the Town Museum where a timeline walks you through Oswestry’s history, from the building of the old hillfort 3000 years ago right up to developments within the last hundred years.

View on Christchurch, Oswestry

The much-heralded war poet, Wilfred Owen, was born in Oswestry and the Visitor & Exhibition Centre has a permanent exhibition of letters which he wrote to his mother. If you’re interested in finding out more about his connection to the town, you can download a copy of the Wilfred Owen Trail.

The British Ironwork Centre is an especially fascinating attraction just outside of Oswestry. Browse beautifully crafted metalworks ranging in all shapes and sizes, before looking around the shop for a memento of the occasion. There is plenty to attract the attention of all visitors no matter their age, and the coffee shop is famed for serving up utterly delicious treats, both sweet and savoury.

"Besides the markets, there are many independent shops and cafés where you can while away the hours..."

Sunny days can be spent in Cae Glas Park, which boasts everything from tranquil gardens of summer bedding flowers to a children’s play area, Sports Village and bandstand. There are various events here throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled during your visit.

Close to Oswestry is Park Hall Countryside Experience where daily pig racing, cow milking and play facilities keep families entertained for hours. The British Ironworkds, echniquest Glyndwr, Chester Zoo and The Blue Planet Aquarium are all within driving distance and provide great days out.

There’s plenty to see and do around Oswestry, so whether you’re planning on staying in the town, taking a day trip to Shrewsbury, or hopping across the border to Wales, you’ll certainly never be bored!

While you’re there

Oswestry Hillfort

A spectacular example of an ancient British settlement dating back over 3000 years.

The British Ironwork Centre

Fascinating works of metal art adorn the grounds of this fantastic attraction.

Oswald’s Well

A tranquil place where the myth and legend of King Oswald’s death is said to be the origins of the attraction.

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