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 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?

Please click here to view a map of Bridgnorth town centre.

Attractions in Bridgnorth

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Bridgnorth Castle

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

College House, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4EJ

01746 762231


Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

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

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AH

01746 762124


Country Treks

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

01746 718436


Canoe UK

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

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4BJ

07774 907326


The Dower House Garden at Morville Hall

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.

Morville Hall, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 5NB

01746 714407


Northgate Museum

Town Museum housed in the historic Burgess's Hall above Northgate containing a range of interesting artefacts reflecting the history of Bridgnorth and its people.

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4ER

01746 711486


Arley Arboretum & Gardens

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

01299 861368


Severn Valley Country Park

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

01746 781192


Bridgnorth Town Hall

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

01746 762231


The Edge Adventure Activities

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

01952 727491


Accommodation in Bridgnorth

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River Steam Holidays

A family run business that offers 6 self catering properties in the beautiful Severn Valley. All are located near to the Highley Severn Valley Railway station and between 50-200 yards from the River Severn.

Rushock, Worcestershire, WR9 ONN

01562 777563


Pine Tree Lodge

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.

Oldbury, Bridgnorth, Shropshire , WV16 5EQ

07773888501

DTS Self-Catering 34 Star Accommodation Grading

The Pheasant at Neenton

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. 

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6RJ

01746 787955

DTS Inn 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Serendipity

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.

Homer, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NQ

01952 727336 OR 07973 234582

Reduced rates for the Ironbridge Gorge Musuems.


Park Grange Holidays

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.

Morville, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4RN

01746 714285


Lower Hill Campsite - Glamping & Pods

Lower Hill Farm is a family business nestling amongst the woods at the foot of Wenlock Edge. The site has panoramic views, from the Long Mynd to the Wrekin.

Hughley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6NX

01746 785292


The Dinney Holiday Cottages

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    

Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6AU

01746 861070

Visit Britain Group Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Little Springs Farm Cottage

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.

Kenley, Shropshire, SY5 6PA

01952 510468


Davenport House Bed and Breakfast

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, Shropshire, WV15 5LE

01746 716021


Shops in Bridgnorth

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Buy From Shropshire

01746 769531

Garth House, Westgate, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5BL


Cocoa Epicure

07540 533891



Perry & Phillips

01746 762248

48 Mill Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5AG


Direct Occasions

01746 712463

15 Station Road, Ditton Priors, Shropshire, WV16 6SS


Eliza's Boutique

07539 491273

12A Moat Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4EP


Roobarb

01746 761061

3 Waterloo Terrace, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4EG


Beckbury Community Shop

01952 750481

Thornicombe, Badger Road, Beckbury, Shropshire, TF11 9DQ


Christmas Presence

Unit 4, Central Court, High Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4DB


Tania Holland Gallery

07879452807

Studio 3 The Red House Glass Cone, High Street, Stourbridge, Shropshire, DY8 4AZ


Food & Drink in Bridgnorth

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Woodberry Inn

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.

01746 762950

70 Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4LF


The Hundred House Hotel

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.

01952 580240

Bridgnorth Road (A442), Norton, Nr Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire, TF11 9EE


The Pheasant at Neenton

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. 

01746 787955

Neenton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6RJ


The Halfway House Inn

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.

01746 762670

Cleobury Mortimer Road, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 5LS


Saros Bangladeshi Restaurant

01746762848

12 Moat Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4EP


Knickerbockers Ice Cream Parlour

07812 372411

2 Underhill Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4BB


Beer Buz Mobile Bar

01746 864182


The Brasserie

01746766870

77 High Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4DX


Old Mill Tea Room

07542 026585

The Old Mill Antiques Centre, Mill Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire


Brock Hall Farm Dairy

01746 862533

Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6QA


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

The Modern Olympic Games


The 2012 Olympic Mascot, Wenlock, was created to celebrate the fact that the modern Olympic movement all started in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

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