The Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal runs from Ellesmere to Llangollen, running 4.5 miles east of the town at Hindford and on through Chirk, 6 miles north. A navigable section of the partially restored Montgomery Canal, runs from Frankton Junction (connecting to the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal) to Newtown.[48]

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Hundreds of spectators enjoyed the Sealed Knot re-enactment performance within Cae Glas Park last weekend. Muskets could be heard throughout the town as the battle commenced and the ‘living camp’ gave everyone the chance to witness conditions during the Civil War.

Oswestry is also the hometown of contemporary writer Edouard d'Araille, author of poetry, fiction and philosophy volumes including 'Words Can't Hold…' (2006), 'General Store' (6 Vols.) and 'The Cosmic Mirror: Being, Life, Art and the Cinema of 6 Dimensions' (2000). His renowned 2005 war poem 'The Fallen' is dedicated to fellow Oswestrian Wilfred Owen.

Oswestry LitFest[30] was established in 2000 and has grown steadily since. It is an annual event taking place during two weeks in March. A wide variety of talks and workshops take place around the town.

Oswestry is able its visitors the highest standard of accommodation for visitors. Whether you are looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast, guesthouse, a self catering cottage or a caravan and camping site, this website provides you with an extensive searchable database of the best places to stay in Oswestry and the surrounding countryside.

Your Council is responsible for a wide range of services which effect the daily lives of people who live and work in Oswestry. If you are not sure what your council does, then why not take a look to find out.

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In 1190 the town was granted the right to hold a market each Wednesday.[14] With the weekly influx of Welsh farmers the townsfolk were often bilingual. The town built walls for protection, but these were torn down in the English Civil War by the Parliamentarians after they took the town from the Royalists after a brief siege on 22 June 1644, leaving only the Newgate Pillar visible today.

Oswestry has two markets - one in town at the Horse Market & Bailey Head. The other, outside town, is the Oswestry Smithfield livestock autions. If you fancy fresh farm produce and home-made foodstuff, plus the necessary bargain offer, you'll enjoy market day hugely.

Oswestry Olympians Athletic and Triathlon club has a strong base in the town with 120+ members. One of Its founders John Disley was a co-founder of the London Marathon. The club puts on several local races including a 5k at Park Hall, a 10k at Ellesmere and a Triathlon in Oswestry itself. Members also compete with regular success in the North Wales Cross Country League with the Vet 40 team winning in 2015/16.[citation needed]

For children, Oswestry Youth Cafe and the Centre offer many sessions for entertainment.

Booka bookshop[26] is an award-winning local bookstore located in the centre of Oswestry.

The meeting of cultures here in Oswestry sparks a certain creativity and the local crafts reflect this. Anglo-Welsh designs can be found in the shops and at the craft centres at Llangedwyn Mill an at Melverley.

Spectacular limestone cliffs at Llanymynech where 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!).

The site provides extensive views across the surrounding landscape of England and Wales.

Brogyntyn Hall which belonged until recently to the Lords Harlech lies just outside the town.[19]

You'll be amazed by its beauty as the waters crash through the natural rock formations. The breathtaking scenery of the Welsh mountains invading Shropshire invite you to take to the hills.

Immediately to the south of Oswestry Railway Station is the Cambrian Railways Museum; while a short distance to the north are the "listed" Works Bridge and the former Cambrian Railways works, which are now occupied by a variety of local commerce concerns and Oswestry's Community Health Centre and ambulance facility.

From the 1700s to 1848, there was a popular racecourse outside the town. Known as Cyrn-y-Bwch, the site was chosen on this 1000-foot (above sea-level) hilltop because of its location between the Kingdom of England and the Principality of Wales, and the aim was to bring together the local landowners and gentry of Wales and England. Remnants of the old grandstand and figure-of-eight racetrack can still be seen.[50]

Oswestry offers a superb range events, festivals and fairs throughout the year. You can visit the Oswestry agricultural show or go on walking or ghost tours of the town centre.

Oswestry is home to the second oldest 'free' (which in this context means not linked to any ecclesiastical foundation) school in the country, Oswestry School, which was founded in 1407. (The oldest, Winchester College, was founded in 1382.)[45] Oswestry School's 15th century site, adjacent to St Oswald's Parish Church, is now a heritage centre, housing the Tourist Information Centre, Shropshire Poacher Coffee Shop, and exhibitions.[46][47]

One of the main uses of the land from the 1920s was for motorcycle racing and it became quite a well-known circuit.[16]

Oswestry emerges out of the mists of time into a landscape rich in folklore, legend and history. Buzzards soar and badgers play on rolling green hills where once the Marcher lords built their strongholds.

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During World War II Park Hall, Oswestry gave many thousands of recruits their first taste of military life and after was home to many thousands of National Service conscripts. Time for a reunion, fellas!

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Ancient signs are all around. The Oswestry Hill Fort - a remarkable series of seven ditches and banks, known as Caer Ogyrfan after King Arthur's father in law, is said to be the birthplace of Queen Guinevere and Merlin, the magician, who lives his life backwards, is soon to arrive. Of all the ancient hillforts in Shropshire, Old Oswestry is the most spectacular.

Oswestry (/ˈɒzwəstri/; Welsh: Croesoswallt), one of the UK's oldest border settlements, is the largest market town and civil parish in Shropshire, England, close to the Welsh border. It is at the junction of the A5, A483, and A495 roads.

It has also been known as, or recorded in historical documents as: Album Monasterium; Blancminster; Blankmouster; Blancmustier; Croes Oswallt; Oswaldestre; Meresberie.[6]

You will also find a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars which will please anyone seeking good food as well as retail therapy. The variety of places to eat and drink will suit every taste and pocket.


After the foot and mouth outbreak in the late 1960s the animal market was moved out of the town centre. In the 1990s, a statue of a shepherd and sheep was installed in the market square as a memorial to the history of the market site.

The town of Oswestry and surrounding villages fall into the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Oswald, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury. The single Catholic church is Our Lady and St Oswald's Catholic Church.[38] There is an associated primary school.[39]

Wild flowers and grazing sheep now cover the ancient earthworks of the Oswestry Iron Age Hillfort, said to be the birthplace of Queen Guinevere. Just one of innumerable places to enjoy walks, picnics, stunning views and perfect peace.

Whittington village is reputedly home of Dick Whittington, who went on to find fame and fortune in London. Whittington Castle is a picturesque moated castle and is the site of regular events and fairs. The Castle was once the home of Fulk Fitz Warine who, in the days of bad King John, became Shropshire's own Robin Hood. A similar claim is made of Highwayman Humphrey Kynaston whose hideout was a cave at Nescliffe. Even our outlaws were gentlemen. It is the Shropshire influence.

The Oswestry Youth Music Festival takes place in February/March of each year. There are 74 competitive classes for young musicians for all ages up to 21 years. The Oswestry Recital Series which is organised by Oswestry School takes place throughout the year and includes performances by such performers as the Royal String Quartet and the City of London Sinfonia.

"Oswestry, a pretie towne full fine... It stands so trim, and is maintained so cleane. And peopled is with folke that well doe meane." Thomas Churchyard - 17th Century Shropshire poet.

There are always things going on with events celebrating theatre, music, the arts and culture. Whatever time of year you visit you're sure to find something going on.

The Domesday Book (1086) records a castle being built by Rainald, a Norman Sheriff of Shropshire: L'oeuvre ("the work" in French) – see Oswestry Castle.