Place Category: Shropshire Towns
The vibrant border market town of Oswestry sits between the patchwork plains of Shropshire and the hill country of the Welsh borders.
Since The Middle Ages Oswestry has been a magnet for trade from both sides of the border. From wool to cattle, the markets have brought riches and visitors to this busy town.
Nowadays the goods may be more diverse but the streets still come alive on market days. Listen – can you here the sounds of trade? Sometimes Welsh, sometimes English, accents local or from further afield, our little town positively buzzes!
To really get to know this town of ours, there is no better place to begin than The Tourist Information Centre at The Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre. Wander round one of the oldest schools in the country and imagine the scholars studying in the quaint schoolroom or just enjoy the ever-changing exhibitions by local crafts people and artists. Then book a tour with one of our costumed guides – stroll with them through park and alleyways as they share our history with you.
Nearby attractions include the picture-postcard Whittington Castle, Park Hall Countryside Experience and the great Marcher Fortress Chirk Castle (NT). Oswestry is also a great place to explore the dramatic landscape of the Welsh Borders and is close to Offas Dyke long-distance footpath.
Oswestry Tourist Information Centres
Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre
2 Church, Terrace
Shropshire SY11 2TE
Tel: 01691 662 753
Fax: 01691 657 811
Oswestry Mile End Visitor Information Centre
Shropshire SY11 4JA
Tel: 01691 662 488
Fax: 01691 662 883