"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
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.
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.
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.
The Old Vicarage Centre
Boscobel House is a beautiful but modest hunting lodge which sheltered Charles II after defeat at Worcester.
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The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site in a beautiful setting within the grounds of Morville Hall (National Trust), near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
The Dower House
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Wenlock Priory, with it's stunning clipped topiary, has a pastoral setting on the edge of lovely Much Wenlock.
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Arley Arboretum & Gardens provides the ideal day out for you and your family, a dream escape from the bustle of everyday life. There is plenty to do for all ages from the Italian garden with its fountain, to the Themed Trails and maze. Our Peacocks are also a splendid sight wandering around the gardens.
Green Flag Award winning Country Park. Teashop and toilets. 3 way-marked trails. Parking at Alveley and Highley. Located on National Cycle Network (Route 45). Play area. Request stop on the Severn Valley Railway.
Bridgnorth Town Hall is a black and white building erected in 1650. In the 16th Century the view up the High Street would have been uninterrupted. In the centre of the street would have been the High Cross, otherwise known as a Market Cross. Opposite the top of Hungry Street, now St Mary’s Street, stood the 'New House', a raised building containing the office of the town's chief magistrates. On the ground floor was the public wool market.
"On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble; His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;" A.E. Housman - A Shropshire Lad
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Much Wenlock in Shropshire is the home of the modern Olympic Games, no honestly! Dr William Penny Brookes was a local doctor who campaigned tirelessly to revive the ancient Greek games.
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The Museum, High Street
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Explore, enjoy and step back in time at the SVR! Exciting steam trains, fantastic events and plenty to explore – the Severn Valley Railway has all the ingredients for a great day out. More than 250,000 visitors each year step on board one of the SVR’s heritage steam locomotives for a journey of adventure along the stunning 16-mile line, from Kidderminster in Worcestershire to Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
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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.
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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
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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.
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.
The Woodberry Inn is a unique free house set in the heart of Bridgnorth, serving real ales and fine dining. The building has been handsomely transformed with oak flooring, wood burners, and leather seating, creating a stylish environment for everyone.
70 Victoria Road
Stylish, comfortable B&B ensuite rooms in historic listed house with off street carparking and private entrance within the charming medieval town of Much Wenlock. A warm welcome and superb breakfast of local produce await.
Nestled in the heart of unspoilt Shropshire Countryside. Frog Mill Barn is a Grade II listed property, renovated to a luxurious standard. Secluded garden and outside seating area; two double en suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and woodburner.
Easthope Caravan and Camping is a family run site and situated on a working farm in Shropshire. Located four miles from Much Wenlock, the farm commands lovely views across the Shropshire Hills.
The Forge at Ashfield Hall is a wenlock stone cottage for two with a beautiful cruck oak frame situated in the centre of Much Wenlock. Renovated to a high standard and is nestled at the back of the owners Grade 2* listed building.
49 High Street
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Church Farm B&B, near Ironbridge, is a 17th century farmhouse B&B peacefully set in its own beautiful gardens and land on the edge of the small village of Kemberton in Shropshire, just 10 minutes drive from Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
The Summerhouse stands alone in large gardens, with fabulous views of Wenlock Edge, an area of Shropshire that is well known by walkers.
Pine Tree Lodge is located in a semi rural setting with country views but is less than a mile from the Historic Market town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire and 1/2 mile from the World Famous Severn Valley Railway. Bridgnorth is an historic fortified town renowned for its many old buildings, pubs and restaurants, also the Vernacular Railway that links the River Severn in Low Town to the Old Castle grounds in High Town.
Fairview, Old Mill Lane
The Pheasant at Neenton is a stunningly restored dining pub with rooms, serving superb Shropshire food in a real country local. We have three newly-opened en-suite bedrooms, with relaxing décor and furnished with a touch of style.
Stunning views and a quiet night, sleeping on pure cotton sheets are guaranteed at this welcoming B&B (with ensuite) just outside Much Wenlock. Great local food (free range eggs of course) and fresh coffee or choice of teas. Drying room for wet clothing or boots.
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Escape to The Dinney where we offer your group two large self-catering holiday cottages in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. Our two large contemporary new holiday cottages accommodate 14 and 20 guests. Further smaller cottages and a Farmhouse B&B offer more options for even larger groups
A haven of peace and tranquility, a get-away-from-it-all retreat set in beautiful countryside with stunning views over Wenlock Edge. Perfect for a romantic break or as a base for walking and exploring. Close to the ancient market towns of Much Wenlock and Shrewsbury, and just 1½ hours West of Birmingham.
Little Springs Farm
Set amid picturesque countryside and stunning grounds, this breath taking Grade 1 listed Georgian country house provides the most magical of venues in Shropshire. Combining original features and chic interior design, alongside the warmth of a family residence, Davenport House opens its doors once more as an enchanting setting that’s all for your comfort and relaxation.
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