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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Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is a clean, friendly farm that appeals to all ages and offers close contact with over 120 different species of animals from fluffy yellow chicks and baby lambs to Servals, Otters, Meerkats and Lemurs.

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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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Dudmaston is a fine example of a traditional working Shropshire estate with a mansion at its heart.

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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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Trekking, Tuition and riding holidays in beautiful South Shropshire countryside, handsome horses, responsive ride. Experienced and qualified BHS staff.

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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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Accommodation in Bridgnorth

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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    

DTS B&B 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Early 19th century Granary in hill country. Sleeps two/four with view over farmland. Antique furniture compliments surroundings. Excellent walking, cycling. Pets welcome.

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Attractive south facing 16th century stable wing in a picturesque location near the Priory ruins.  It is grade 2 listed and provides characterful and comfortable accommodation for three or four people.

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Visit Britain Self-Catering 3 Star Accommodation Grading Visit Britain Gold Award

David and Linda offer a very warm welcome at the four star Croft offering B&B accommodation in the delightful market town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

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DTS Guest Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation Grading Shropshire Tourism Price Promise

Small, friendly family run establishment overlooking the historical bridge and the River Severn. Short walk to town and the Severn Valley Railway.

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Visit Britain Guest Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation Grading Visit Britain Walkers Welcome Award Visit Britain Cyclists Welcome Award

Spacious, oak-beamed annex to listed family home, for up to 5 people with two en-suite bedrooms, in a quiet location close to English Heritage site, shops and the countryside. Free wifi.

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Visit Britain Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading Visit Britain Gold Award

Atmospheric, family run Georgian coaching inn renowned for its award winning cuisine and hospitality. Our stunning 17th century Tithe Barn is ideal for Weddings, conference and banqueting.

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The AA Inn 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Holiday Caravans in 24 acres of glorious Shropshire countryside (near IRONBRIDGE). Small, secluded, safe family park. A separate 5 Touring Pitch Caravan Club CL with Hook-Up.

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Situated in an outstanding position with superb waterside views of Severn Valley embracing the river and the famous Severn Valley Railway. Fishing available. Ground floor rooms.

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Visit Britain Walkers Welcome Award Visit Britain Cyclists Welcome Award Horses Welcome

Peaceful and tranquil. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty below the famous Wenlock Edge. Ideal base for walking, cycling and riding.

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The AA Holiday Park 3 Pennants Star Accommodation Grading

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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

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