Bridgnorth Travel Guide

  • Bridgnorth Town Hall
    Bridgnorth Town Hall
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  • Bridgnorth Town Hall
    Bridgnorth Town Hall
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  • Bridge over the River Severn
    Bridge over the River Severn
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Bridgnorth Things to Do

  • Bridge Over the River Severn

    There was a Bridge here as early as the 10th Century. The later Bridge housed several buildings including a Church and a Portcullis which acted as the local gaol. The great Bridge we see today was re-built in 1823 to the design of Thomas Telford.

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  • Northgate Museum

    Originally there were five fortified gates in Bridgnorth, the North Gate is the only one to survive. It houses a fantastic little museum which is positively brimming with artefacts and interesting archeological finds from the surrounding area. Admission is free.

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  • Theatre on the Steps & Stoneway Steps

    The Stoneway steps provide a passageway between the High Town and Low Town. The picturesque steps have been carved into the sandstone cliff and come complete with cast iron kerbs. Halfway down the steps you will find the aptly named 'Theatre on the Steps'. This is the former 18th century Congregational Chapel which now houses an amateur theatre...

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  • Lavington's Hole

    During the Civil War the Royalists were forced to retreat to Bridgnorth Castle after a severe battle. The Parliamentary forces laid siege for weeks and Colonel Lavington was in charge of digging a tunnel under Castle Hill with the intention of blowing up St Mary's Church which housed the munitions. The Royalists surrendered before the tunnel was...

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  • Bridgnorth Castle

    There was once a Pre-Norman conquest Castle on this site which was rebuilt by Robert de Belesme between1098 and 1101. The remains of Bridgnorth Castle are set on a cliff by the side of the River Severn. Today the castle is little more than a ruin, comprising of a 70 foot tall, 12th century Norman tower and some other small stonework built in the...

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  • Castle Hill Railway

    The Cliff Railway in Bridgnorth is famed for being the only inland Cliff Railway still working in Britain. It was created as a result of a public meeting called in 1890 to discuss an easier way (other than the 200 steps) to travel between High and low town. It was opened in 1892, is 201 ft long and has a vertical rise of 111ft an incline of 33...

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  • The Town Hall

    The Town Hall is a great timber framed building situated right in the middle of High Street. The Civil war caused extensive damage in Bridgnorth, the Town hall is one of many timber framed buildings built just after the war. It was completed in 1651 although it was extensively altered in 1887.The building was constructed in 1652 from a redundant...

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  • The Green Cow Farm Shop, Deli & Café

    Have a little taste of Shropshire at this charming new farm shop come deli. Situated on the Much Wenlock road just on the outskirts of Bridgnorth, the Green Cow specialises in local and Shropshire produce ranging from local beers and wines through milk & vegetables to cheeses and meats. One of the best things about this place is you can “try before...

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  • The Bridgnorth Walk

    Every year on the late May bank holiday (Whitsun) Bridgnorth hosts its annual walk. If you are a keen walker this is for you. The walk starts in the high street and goes out to the top of Brown Clee hill some 11 miles away and then returns via a different route to finish in the high street. The route is 22 miles and there are a maximum of 1200...

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  • Severn Valley Railway

    People come from all over the country to visit the SVR - one of the longest steam railways in Britain. The platform is a hive of activity throughout the summer months. There is also a pub on the station that happens to be my local and I enjoy sitting on the platform with a pint of Guinness watching the steam trains on a summer evening.At certain...

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  • Morville Village

    About 3 miles west of Bridgnorth on the Much Wenlock road is the tiny village of Morville. It is worth pulling over and visiting the church though and admiring the 15th century private residence of Morville Hall directly opposite the church.The church dates from Norman times but there was a Saxon church here prior to that. The church is set in a...

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  • Dudmaston Hall & Estate

    Just 4 miles south of Bridgnorth on the road to Kidderminster is the hall and estate of Dudmaston. A 17th century mansion that was once the home of Abraham Darby who is one of the founders of the industrial revolution that took place in nearby Ironbridge.The estate is now owned by the National Trust and is open from April to September.Inside there...

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  • Severn Park

    Severn Park is a large park in the Low Town area that is very popular during the summer months especially with day trippers. There is a large car park (with a charge) and plenty of room to spread out and let the kids kick a ball around or walk your dog.There is a path that follows the riverbank and leads to the Low Town Bridge where there are...

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  • The Riverside

    The riverside is very popular with tourists and day trippers during the summer. They are not so extensive and can be walked easily. The best sections are the paths that extend from Severn Park to the Low Town Bridge and the area directly opposite where there is a pleasant quay to sit and enjoy the river.

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  • Steps

    Bridgnorth is really a town of two halfs. High town up on the cliff and low town down by the river. Because of this somewhat disjointed position Bridgnorth has a lot of passageways and steps linking the two halfs of the town.If you like walking and enjoy keeping fit then walking the steps of Bridgnorth is better than an hour long workout at the...

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  • Market Hall

    You have to hand it to the victorians, if they saw something they liked they would replicate it. They had a strong liking for gothic buildings and so a lot of the gothic styles you see in England are actually Victorian gothic revivalism.Here in Bridgnorth we have something fairly unique ourselves. The Market Hall is an Italianate style building...

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  • Pubs

    For a fairly small town Bridgnorth has a healthy selection of pubs to choose from. At the last count we had 27, not bad in the current climate. No doubt helped by the number of visitors the town gets our pubs seem to thrive. I'm not going to make recommendations here as all the pubs serve a selection of beers and nearly all do food. Of course if...

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  • Town Hall

    Bridgnorth has a very unusual town hall. The bottom half is open and until the 1990's traffic used to pass underneath. Now it is sealed off from traffic but it still acts as a market area on Saturday mornings where local farmers sell their produce. The town hall dates from 1652 when the building, then a barn, was donated to the town. It was much...

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Bridgnorth Hotels

  • The Down Inn

    Ludlow Road, Bridgnorth, WV16 6UA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Swan Inn

    Knowle Sands, Bridgnorth, WV16 5JL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • The Mill Hotel

    Alveley, Bridgnorth, WV15 6HL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Bridgnorth Restaurants

  • Great looking building, great food

    The Swan has got to be the best looking half timbered building in Bridgnorth. The bulging walls and wonky roof just add to the character of the building. It hails from the mid 17th Century where it served as a Coaching Inn. Nowadays it is a great place to pop in for a drink or something to eat. We called in for something to eat during a weekday...

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  • Best curry house in Britain!

    Some claim eh? But trust me, I have eaten in Indian restaurants the length and breadth of Britian and I'm yet to find one that serves such good food consistently well. The Eurasia has been here for years (certainly over 30) and in a town where there are at least 6 other Indian restaurants to choose from the Eurasia stands far above them on every...

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Bridgnorth Nightlife

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    are they practising the balcony scene ?

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    This small theatre puts on various performances throughout the year, from drama to pantomimes

    ask at the Tourist Information office for the programme of events, and you can book your tickets here too

    Dress Code: dress appropriately for the type of performance, l dont suppose full eveningg dress will be required

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Bridgnorth Local Customs

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    eat it up now !

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    If you have saved the crusts from your lunchtime sandwiches then there are plenty of ducks and swans on the River Severn who will be very happy to see you, this duck and her nine ducklings really enjoyed ours

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    • Historical Travel

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Bridgnorth Warnings and Dangers

  • Caves

    In April 2009 a teenager was tragically killed and another seriously injured when the roof of a cave collapsed on them. There are caves all around Bridgnorth in the soft sandstone rock and they can be very dangerous, especially at night and if you light a fire in them.I know people reading this tip would not contemplate doing that but even if you...

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  • River Severn

    I know it sounds obvious but every year the river claims someone either because they misjudge the current or fall in drunk or whatever. It really is a dangerous river and you should take care when walking the banks especially when the river is high. Just the other day 2 council workers trying to clear debris from one of the bridges peirs had to be...

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Bridgnorth Tourist Traps

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    let the train take the strain !

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    If you visit on a Saturday, which is market day, be prepared for a long and often frustrating hunt for a car parking space

    Unique Suggestions: its easier to find room to park if you are prepared to walk a way into the centre of town

    Fun Alternatives: you could go to Kidderminster [16 miles away] and park there, then go to Bridgnorth on the famous Severn Valley Railway, it is a lovely journey on a restored steam train, a real treat !

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Bridgnorth Off The Beaten Path

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    cave

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    there are many caves in the sandstone rock around here, and many of the houses are built into the rock, or have caves as outbuildings
    l have as yet not been able to find any more information about the caves

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