Out in Owestry

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Val meets a host of people in Oswestry including Mayor Peter Cherrington on her right.

GTO’s Contributing Editor, Val Baynton, recently visited traditional Borders town Oswestry in Shropshire. She reports that it makes a good stopping point, with free coach parking for groups travelling to or from North Wales. With Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture, and St Oswald’s Church, there’s a lot to admire. Pre-bookable guided tours are available and there is a special Town Trail taking in the family story of the war poet Wilfred Owen, who was born in Oswestry in 1893. The Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre is in the original Oswestry School building, also home to the TIC and a café, where Val enjoyed a delicious slice of cake and a cup of tea. Heritage railway enthusiasts may like to take in the Cambrian Railways Museum and there is a selection of markets and festivals to enjoy during the year.