"The finest view in all my Kingdom" - Charles I
Whether you admire the view over the king's shoulder from the sandstone cliff of Bridgnorth, or stand on the bridge below, (at the height of summer the Severn is almost covered by the flowers of water crowfoot) you won't have to look far to find a superlative in the Severn Valley.
Like the King, most of our visitors can't restrain themselves.
Bridgnorth was once one of the busiest river ports in Europe, but nowadays, the Severn, clear and unpolluted, is a quiet haven for anglers, walkers and wildlife. The river divides the town into High Town and Low Town, the two being linked by seven sets of ancient donkey steps and a Victorian funicular, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway.
"If you approach the High Town by the cliff railway you feel you are being lifted up to heaven." - John Betjeman
The oldest and steepest inland funicular railway makes the heavenly journey at least 150 times a day. In 1892, when it opened, the entrance was watched over by a temperance restaurant and refreshment house.
Just as rewarding for the pilgrim is the ancient Cartway, one of Shropshire's most interesting streets which leads down to the flower-filled Quayside, the cliffs and caves of Lavington Gardens and on to Severn Park.
Whichever route you choose to the top, you can enjoy King Charles' 'finest view' from Castle Walk, before checking out another of the valley's superlatives, the Castle Keep that leans at an impossible angle greater than the Tower of Pisa.
History abounds in Bridgnorth. Thomas Telford's church of St Mary Magdalene sits grandly next door, while the timber-framed Town Hall set on high brick piers, interrupts the traffic flow in the High Street. The redundant but revered St Leonard's Church set in its own cathedral-like close provides calm away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
The medieval Northgate, which houses the Northgate Museumstands guard at one end of the High Street whilst the Italianate splendour of the New Market Buildings with its Childhood and Costume Museum stands at the other.
18th century writers compared Bridgnorth's spectacular setting to old Jerusalem, or even Gibraltar.
Who are we to disagree?
Please click here to view a map of Bridgnorth town centre.
Attractions in Bridgnorth
Holy Trinity is a large church in the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock. Open 9am - 5pm
At Apley Farm Shop we want you to be passionate about local food. Using quality ingredients from our own estate & unearthing the finest foods our community of local farmers & producers have to offer, we give you the opportunity to taste, discover & enjoy the finest foods from our region.
Looking for a sporting break away? Look no further than Pengwern Sports Tours near Bridgnorth, Shropshire – we've been arranging golf breaks, stag and hen weekends, sports tours and activity holidays for over 40 years.
Halfway House Inn, Cleobury Rd
Ever wandered what happens behind the closed doors? Is it really like the movies? Are there really ghosts wandering the halls at night? Now you can find out by registering for a tour of Shrewsbury prison, one of the country’s oldest prisons.
The Dana Prison
Shropshire Raft Tours welcomes you to our scenic river boat trips, canoe/kayak hire, mini raft hire and mega stand up paddle board hire along the beautiful River Severn located in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Electric and manual cycle hire to Bridgnorth along a cycle route is also available for those looking for an activity on dry land.
Wharfage Car Park
Accommodation in Bridgnorth
Peacefully situated in its own grounds, with beautiful views of hills & farm animals. Ensuite bedrooms, guests sitting room, log fires, local produce, warm welcome.
01694 771314 Visit Website
Early 19th century Granary in hill country. Sleeps two/four with view over farmland. Antique furniture compliments surroundings. Excellent walking, cycling. Pets welcome.
The Old Vicarage
01746 712272 Contact via Email
Bridgnorth Visitor Information
The Library, Listley Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AW.
Tel: 01746 763257 Fax : 01746 766625
Open all Year: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am - 5pm Saturday 9.00am-5pm