Bridgnorth, Shropshire

"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?

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Attractions in Bridgnorth

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The remains of Bridgnoth Castle are set on a cliff by the side of the River Severn.

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Whether you are interested in fine china, fun interactives or a 'Victorian' town, its all to be found in this World Heritage Site.

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FREE Admission. The award winning Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom. 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition.

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Get up close and personal to Shropshire’s larger than life mammoth and step back into the Iron Age. If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids or grandkids during the summer holidays we have several family events to keep children and adults amused and entertained.

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Award Winning Cycling, Walking & Cottage Holidays.

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This remarkable funicular railway is the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country.

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Choose from tiny tots woodland treks, Gruffalo trails, family rides, cream tea rides or enjoy a jug of pimms on return from your ride! We also offer superb tuition as we are home to 4 UKCC professional coaches and offer confidence building beginner lessons right up to X Country jumping and show jumping for the more advanced rider.  

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Visit a working pottery, open all year round and create a masterpiece in the Ceramic Cafe or browse in beautiful surroundings for that special gift.  Beautiful bed & breakfast accommodation also available.

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Open top canoe trips on river with pub stop and steam train return. Also 2 day river adventures. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Shropshire is blessed with many beautiful gardens – from grand estates to exquisitely designed town gardens – and many are open for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

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Accommodation in Bridgnorth

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Camping and Caravanning certificated hideaway site in the lovely Shropshire village of Claverley. Three pubs within a 5 minute walk. Central for local attractions.

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Inspirational 5 star luxury self-catering properties ideal for honeymoons, anniversaries, other special occasions, or simply because you deserve it!

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Approximately 450 yards from centre of town. Ample space for children. Quite close to National Trust property. Blists Hill Museum easily accessible.

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Two beautiful fully equipped converted barns on working family farm. Private courtyard. Secure gardens with lovely views and use of outdoor swimming pool. Central for touring South Shropshire.

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Cottages 4 You

Escape to The Dinney where we offer you 6 delightful self catering holiday cottages in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. Our holiday cottages accommodate between 3 and 20 guests in both traditionally converted barns or contemporary new cottages.      

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Superbly furnished cottage with stone featured walls. Sleeps 7 adults/ Fully equipped. Quiet location near owners 17thC inn.

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Pretty cottages over looking lakes and open countryside. Well equipped, patios, gardens. Within easy reach of Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Much Wenlock. Coarse and fly fishing on site.

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Touring caravan and camping park set in the stunningly beautiful Shropshire countryside, adjacent to family run 17th century coaching inn. Activity & sporting holidays available.

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Mike has diversified over the last few years and has now created a perfect haven for relaxation in his beautiful Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

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Whether you are holidaying or on business, expect the warmest of welcomes here at Boningale Manor. Grade II listed (with features dating back to the 1300s) several barns have been imaginatively converted to provide 4-Star self-catering choices. They are set in farmland and share access to beautiful gardens.

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Map of Bridgnorth Town

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Bridgnorth Visitor Information

The Library, Listley Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AW.

Tel: 01746 763257 Fax : 01746 766625

Email: bridgnorth.tourism@shropshire.gov.uk

Open all Year: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am - 5pm Saturday 9.00am-5pm