The unusual town of Bridgnorth is situated in the Severn Valley with the River Severn flowing through. It’s a town with a very distinct character and a rich history of civil war and gunpowder plots!
Bridgnorth is essentially two towns, side by side. The upper town and the lower town are divided by the River Severn, with each side of town offering fantastic views of the other. Indeed, King Charles I declared the views from the town the finest in my domain in 1642.
Both sides of town are full of beautiful, traditional buildings, with the upper town containing the churches and larger mansions from when the town was literally divided by class, and the lower half with a more rustic feel, with small lanes, cottages and a great market. The steep divide between the two is bridged by a number of walkable (but steep) stairways or the more comfortable Cliff Railway, Britain’s steepest inland funicular railway, that can take you straight to the top or bottom depending on where you start.
The lower town has a market with both a livestock sale and a regular market every other week. An all-day indoor market also operates in the town. It’s obvious that much civic pride exists here as the town has won awards for its flower displays, overall cleanliness and well-maintained streets.
You are never far away from somewhere to find great food or a cool drink and the upper part of town which also contains the Castle Gardens, a beautiful park that has the worryingly crooked remains of the old Castle that was half blown up during the Civil War.
For accommodation see our Cottages in Bridgnorth.