Bridgnorth is a town full of history and character – you’ll see what a unique place it is as soon as you arrive. It’s split in two with half the town at the bottom and half at the top of a steep hill, connected by a ‘funicular’ railway.
At the bottom of the hill, the ‘Low Town’ is set on the beautiful banks of the River Severn, while at the top, the ‘High Town’ boasts spectacular views which Charles I declared to be, ‘the finest in all my kingdom.’
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Get fit exploring Bridgnorth
If you want to work off some calories after a hearty lunch, Bridgnorth is the place to do it! You’ll need to climb seven sets of steps or the steep old Cartway to get to the top. It might take you a while as there are plenty of distractions on the way because the Cartway is lined with antiques shops and stores selling local produce.
At the top you’ll find an extraordinary site – the ruins of Bridgnorth Castle, which lean at an angle of 15o – that’s four times more than the leaning Tower of Pisa! It’s surrounded by pretty gardens, perfect for a moment of quiet contemplation after your climb to the ‘High Town’.
Lots to do in the local area
If you can bear to tear yourself away from this pretty little town, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area. The Severn Valley railway station is your departure point for getting out into the beautiful Severn Gorge to the south, via a wonderfully nostalgic steam train which will transport you back to the past.
The stately Dudmaston Hall, which is run by the National Trust, is well worth a visit with its wooded parkland, sweeping gardens and a house full of surprising modern touches from previous owners.
Ray’s Farm is the perfect day out for families – there are llamas, chickens, goats and pigs to pet in the farmyard, and a fairy-tale forest to explore. With plenty of play areas for children of all ages, you can take your kids back to your Bridgnorth hotel tired and happy at the end of an unforgettable day.
Eating out in Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth has a small but charming selection of places to eat. Surrounded by beautiful English countryside, the menu is typically English too, with cosy pubs to sip a pint of beer after a climb up to the High Town, or tuck into some hearty British pub grub. What better way to end a busy day of exploring this beautiful town than with a meal in the Ship Inn on the banks of the River Severn?
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