Top 10 things to do whilst you stay with us
Only a 20 minute drive and you will find the pretty town of Llangollen, situated on the River Dee and on the edge of the Berwyn mountains. Llangollen hosts a range of gift shops, restaurants, steam trains, horse pulled barges and of course takes advantage of being on the River Dee with its range of Water sports. There are several Adventure centres to choose from where you can participate in White water Rafting, Gorge Walking, Rock climbing, Abseiling as well as canoeing and Kayaking. If you have little ones in your party, why not take them to visit Thomas the Tank Engine or enjoy your time on a horsedrawn boat. 45 mins trips depart the wharf daily from Easter to end of October.
Enjoy a day exploring the National Trust site of Chirk Castle that was built in 1295. As well as visiting the Dungeons and exploring the Adams Tower, you can take a pleasant stroll around the 5.5 acres of beautiful gardens. There are also lots of different Trails to walk amongst the 480 acres of parkland within the Chirk Castle Estate. Refreshments available at the Tea rooms. This day out is one not to be missed.
Erddig Hall near Wrexham
Unique ‘upstairs downstairs’ property, most interesting are the kitchens, laundry, bake house, stables, sawmill & smithy used by the servants. The stunning staterooms display most of their original 18th & 19th century furniture. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design.
Nesscliffe Hill & Kynaston’s Cave
Nesscliffe hill is a sandstone escarpment & is now a country park with various footpaths through the woods. To the north of the hill the ramparts of an old hill fort are present. An old sandstone quarry face forms a spectacular cliff, popular for rock climbing. Cut into the cliff face is a cave reputedly the hideaway of the highwayman Humphrey Kynaston & his horse.
Set amidst glorious countryside near to the Welsh Borders, it is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. But stuck in the past it is not!
The town centre is packed with timber-framed black & white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. In fact it boasts over 600 listed buildings including the Castle, now a regimental museum and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. Charles Darwin was born and educated in Shrewsbury and all around you will find reminders of his association with the town. The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre offering gentle riverside walks or you can enjoy a trip on the new pleasure boat Sabrina. Next to the river you can relax in the beautiful Quarry Park., location for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. International Award Winning Town of Flowers. Continuing on the floral theme, due to the proliferation of plants and blooms, particularly in the summer months, Shrewsbury is often referred to as the “Town of Flowers”.
World Heritage site – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
The Unesco World Heritage Site takes in not only Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – Thomas Telford’s stream in the sky – but also eleven miles of canals and the Dee Valley.
Dare you cross it? And can you do it without looking down? You can walk across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, or save your legs and take a leisurely boat ride with Jones the Boats. But there’s one thing you have to take with you. A camera. The views are something else. Pop into the visitor centre too, to take in some information about the history of the aqueduct. Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct are almost as impressive too – walk along the Llangollen canal and you might see a train crossing above you. Go on a little further and take a walk through the tunnel, it is 421 metres long and you might be sharing with a narrowboat which will light the way.
Old Oswestry Hill Fort
Old Oswestry Hill Fort – this spectacular, dramatic & mysterious 3,000-year-old hill fort marks the beginning of one of Britain’s oldest settlements, Oswestry. Old Oswestry was built and occupied during the Iron Age (800 BC to AD 43) and is one of the best-preserved hill forts in Britain. It is on the outskirts of town and a short climb will reward you with views of both the town and the county of Shropshire, especially impressive when the spring bluebells are out.
Breidden Hill & Rodney’s Pillar
The Breidden Hills are an isolated group of three peaks above the right bank of the River Severn about 6 miles north east of Welshpool. The Breidden Hill is a volcanic feature, which dominates the area and stands over 1200ft high. Footpaths lead up to the summit with wonderful views of Shropshire & Wales. There are remains of an old hill fort en route which may have been the site of the last stand of Caractacus. Rodney’s Pillar, an obelisk commemorating Admiral Rodney’s victory over the French in 1782 stands at the top and was built by the gentlemen of Montgomeryshire who supplied oak from the area & shipped them down the river Severn to Bristol where Admiral Rodney’s fleet was built. Middletown Hill, the second peak is about 1195ft and stands on the north side of Middletown Village. There are remains of an ancient camp, Cefn- y-Castell. Moel-y- Golfa is the highest of the three peaks at 1324 ft and is largely wooded.
Its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain’s most popular places for an unforgettable short break. The ancient city is a truly breathtaking experience. Each chapter of Chester’s history is etched into the very fabric of the city. Well, you are walking where Roman Legionaires marched to war, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons. Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral with Europe’s finest example of medieval carvings – and of course the one and only 700 year old Rows galleries where shopping is a double delight. You’ll find stores galore offering the hottest fashion in Chester all set against a background of unique treasures of antiquity and a vibrant cafe culture where outdoor dining and people watching go hand in hand. Make time too for Chester Zoo, the most visited UK attraction outside London and home to 21,000 animals from 500 different species in acres of glorious gardens or slow the pace down and explore the city aboard an open top bus tour.
The Follies is an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments built over 200 years ago. After years of neglect the magical landscape was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993. Parts of the park and the main walking routes contains several flights of steps, some natural ones carved into rock and some man made wooden ones – these can be slippery when wet.
Places to eat out in Oswestry
Townhouse Bar & Brasserie brings a contemporary dining experience to the area within it’s elegant Georgian exterior. With an element of fine dining combined with an extravagant bar serving the most flamboyant cocktails, Townhouse really provide a stunning dining experience whatever the occasion.
Call: 01691 659499
Sebastians award winning restaurant is renowned across Shropshire for its high standards, both in the cuisine it serves and the intimate, comfortable surroundings. Guests can enjoy a wonderful experience in the oak panelled dining room. AA Rosette Restaurant serving fine French cuisine. AA Gold Breakfast Award & Michelin two Fork Award. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Call: 01691 655444
Lepone’s Restaurant Italiano
If you are looking for traditional authentic Italian cuisine look no further. We know that delicious food should be at the heart of life – and we settle for nothing less. Made from the freshest ingredients we will prepare the most tantalising choice from our menu to delight your taste buds.Deli now serving our delicious specialities for you to take home.
Call: 01691 659965
Simla Tandoori Restaurant Oswestry
The perfect blend of traditional Indian cooking served with Shropshire hospitality, the Simla in Beatrice Street Oswestry serves classical Indian food. Celebrating over 3 decades of culinary excellence this family owned business has created mouth-watering Indian dishes that replicate the high quality of cuisine enjoyed by the army officers at the old hill station in north west India during the British raj, from which the restaurant draws its name.
Call: 01691 659 880
Our friendly and helpful staff ensures that you have an enjoyable and memorable experience at The Cantonese Restaurant. We will be happy to help you to organise your visit and can discuss any queries or individual requirements you may have. Please feel free to contact us for more details or to reserve your table. For special occasions or large parties, we can create a special dinner menu tailored to your requirements.
Call: 01691 671 931
Places to eat out just outside Oswestry
Ye Olde Boot Inn – Whittington (2.2 miles)
Call: o1691 662250
We offer great beers, freshly cooked food and great service. Breakfast is served to visitors from 8am until 11:30am daily giving you the ideal start to your day and meals are served from 12 noon to 9:00pm every day. We have an extensive menu including vegan and vegetarian options and a set menu for the over 60s.
Call: 01691 622632
We are open from 12 noon until 11pm every day, serving food from 12 noon until 9.30pm. On Sundays we serve a choice of roasts alongside our normal menu. From Monday to Saturday 12 noon till 5pm we serve a fixed price lunch menu as well as our normal menu. Specials can be found on our blackboards and there is always a great selection of fresh fish dishes available. We also have a separate kids menu.
Call: 01691 610255
Eating in – Fancy a Takeaway?
The Plaice Fish and Chip shop (Collection only)
Call: 01691 676333
Call: 01691 658080
Jolly Garden Chinese
Call: 01691 655888
Prezzo’s Italian Restaurant
Call: 01691 650932
USA Fried Chicken Chicken, Kebabs, Burgers and Pizzas
Call: 01691 680611