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 Equestrian Centre

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, 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


St Michael's Church, Upton Cressett

The quintessential hidden gem, St. Michael’s Church, Upton Cressets stands next to a magnificent Elizabethan estate overlooking the lush rolling hills of the surrounding countryside.  A church of ancient origins, the present structure dates to the time of the Norman Conquest.

Bridgnorth, Shroshire, WV16 6UH

01746 765542


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


Accommodation in Bridgnorth

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The Granary

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

Ditton Priors, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6SP

01746 712272


The Croft

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.

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4DW

01746 762416

DTS Guest Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation Grading

The Severn Arms

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

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4BB

01746 764616

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

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.

Norton, Nr Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire, TF11 9EE

01952 580240

Hundred House & Apley Estate offer new Group Tours

Book your tour of Apley Victorian Walled Garden (1 1/2 hours), hosted by head gardener, Phil Allen, followed by lunch or dinner at The Hundred House.

With a 3 course menu created by Executive Chef, Stuart Phillips, using ingredients from Apley Garden and local suppliers in our 2AA rosette award winning restaurant, your meal will encompass the best produce that Apley and Shropshire have to offer. After dining you are also welcome to explore the award winning Hundred House Herb & Flower Gardens.

All this for just £25.00 per person.

This offer includes Apley Garden tour & three course seasonal lunch/dinner at The Hundred House. Monday-Thursday mornings, afternoon & early evening. Available for groups of a minimum of 15, up to a maximum of 50 people

To book please call Apley Estate Office on 01952 580510 or email headgardener@apleyestate.com

The AA Inn 4 Star Accommodation Grading

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

Shropshire & the Welsh Borders Brochure 2017 Special Offer

Short breaks available from £72.

PLEASE MENTION 'SHROPSHIRE BROCHURE 2017' WHEN BOOKING


Dinney Farm

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.

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6AU

01746 861070

Horses Welcome

Mill Farm Holiday Park

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

Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6NT

01746 785208

The AA Holiday Park 3 Pennants Star Accommodation Grading

Denn Farm

A secluded adults only touring park in the heart of South Shropshire with fantastic views. Woodlands walks & pools. Disabled facilities. Five miles from Bridgnorth. Pub withing walking distance.

Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6BH

01746 861192


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.

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 5LS

01746 762670

The AA Inn 3 Star Accommodation Grading

The Down Inn

Traditional country inn peacefully situated, enjoying stunning views, excellent food and ales. Open log fires. Superb ensuite rooms opened October 2008. Town 5 minutes drive.

Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6UA

01746 789539

Visit Britain Inn 4 Star Accommodation Grading Visit Britain Silver Award

Shops in Bridgnorth

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Buy From Shropshire

01746 769531

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


TwoJays Corner Antiques & Vintage

01952 462340

Unit 21c Shifnal Industrial Estate, Lamledge Lane, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8SD


Tania Holland Gallery

07879452807

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


Mark Parry Food Photographer

07809 381978

Bridgnorth, Shropshire


Chez Hippo at Apley Farm Shop

01952 730848

Stockton Buildings, Norton, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 9EF


Sarah's Mobile Hair

07540 104014


Hop and Stagger Outside Bars

01746 763962

3 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AB


My Little Wedding Shop

01746 768968

3 Castle Terrace, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AH


Cocoa Epicure

07540 533891


Perry & Phillips

01746 762248

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


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 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 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 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


The Bandon Arms

01746 763135

Mill Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5AG


Cinnamon Coffee House

01746 762944

Cartway, Bridgnorth, Shropshire


Greggs

01746 763470

High Street, Bridgnorth


China Diner

01746767945

3 Bridge Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6AF


Costa Coffee

01746 769295

West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire


Catherine's Bakery

01746 762987

High Street, Bridgnorth


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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