"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 Museum stands guard at one end of the High Street whilst the Italianate splendour of the New Market Buildings stand 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
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.
Stottesdon, Shropshire, DY14 8UH
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.
Nr. Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1SQ
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.
Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6NG
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.
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4DX
Enjoy a huge range of activities including Quad Biking / Trekking, Mountain Boarding, Grass Boarding, Mountain Biking, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Team Building Activities
Shrewsbury Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DB
Accommodation in Bridgnorth
Caravan and Camping certified site. Located in the beautiful Shropshire countryside on a traditional 60 acre working farm, which has been in the family for over 60 years and is also home to Ted's Beef Farm Shop.
Sheriffhales, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8SA
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.
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HT
Our holiday barns are built in traditional local stone and are set high up in the Clee Hills with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, which is well served with footpaths and bridleways.
Wheathill, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6QT
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.
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4ST
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.
Easthope, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DN
01746 785434/ 07971 085762
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, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AD
The Ship Inn was first built in 1770 for a local bargeman and has recently undergone a major refurbishment. On offer is superb quality dining and accommodation. An ideal fishing retreat.
Highley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6NU
Shops in Bridgnorth
Studio 3 The Red House Glass Cone, High Street, Stourbridge, Shropshire, DY8 4AZ
Food & Drink in Bridgnorth
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, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4LF
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.
Bridgnorth Road (A442), Norton, Nr Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire, TF11 9EE
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.
Neenton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6RJ
A traditional 16th Century Coaching Inn in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, under 2 miles from the historic town of Bridgnorth. We specialise in short breaks and activity and sporting holidays.
Cleobury Mortimer Road, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 5LS
Broad Acre Stables, Broadlanes, Six Ashes, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6EG
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