Old Oswestry Hill Fort

General View of Old Oswestry

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Near Gatacre Avenue, Oswestry, SY11 1HT

Before You Go

The huge hillfort at Old Oswestry was probably the stronghold and principal settlement of an Iron Age tribe, with its 40 acres protected by formidable ramparts.

Read more about the history of Old Oswestry Hillfort.

Before You Go

Access: The site contains steep pathways and uneven ground, so strong footwear is recommended. Mountain biking and cycling are not permitted on the hillfort. 

Parking: Free parking is available off of Gatacre Avenue (postcode SY11 1DP), a quarter mile walk along a public footpath from the hillfort.

Dogs: Sheep and cattle graze across the hillfort, so please keep dogs on leads.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

The theatrical shell of Moreton Corbet Castle and the extensive remains of Haughmond Abbey are less than 20 miles away from Old Oswestry.

Slightly further afield is Beeston Castle, one of the most dramatically sited fortresses in England. Once you've climbed the hill to the castle keep, reward yourself with something from the Sandstone Café, which offers a tempting range of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

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