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Things to do in Bridgnorth, Shropshire

The half-timbered buildings, the markets, shops and inns of Bridgnorth have welcomed and enchanted visitors for centuries.

View of Bridgenorth © Mrs Colette Bettis

The Low Town is along the banks of the Severn. The High Town perches a hundred feet above.

Take a ride on England's oldest, steepest inland funicular, a thrilling little railway, up to the view which Charles I called 'The finest in all my Kingdom'.

View of Bridgenorth © Mrs Colette Bettis

Because there was no railway at the time of the King's visit to Bridgnorth, he used one of the seven ancient flights of steps up the 100-foot sandstone cliffs.

In past times this was the route taken by donkeys, laden with wicker panniers, who brought goods up from the busy river port.

View of Bridgenorth © Mrs Colette Bettis

'If you approach the High Town by the cliff railway you feel you are being lifted up to heaven' is how John Betjeman described his trip on the railway.

The oldest and steepest inland funicular makes the heavenly journey at least 150 times a day.

View of Bridgenorth © Mrs Colette Bettis

Bridgnorth's High Town is dominated by the ruins of the Norman castle, the tower leans at an angle even greater than the Tower of Pisa.


In the High Street you can see many fine old buildings, mostly dating from the 17th and 18th century, of particular interest is the 17th century Town Hall, set on wooden arches in the middle of High Street.

Railway Station, Bridgenorth © Mrs Colette Bettis
Railway Station

Things to do Near Bridgnorth

The Severn Valley Railway is Britain's premier steam railway, it will take you on a nostalgic scenic 16 -mile trip along the River Severn.

Steam Train, Bridgenorth © Mrs Colette Bettis


You'll see Daniel's Mill - a picturesque working watermill with the largest waterwheel powering a corn mill still working in England.

Bridgenorth Castle Hill Railway © Mrs Colette Bettis
Bridgnorth Castle Hill Railway

Boscobel House is a Jacobean timber-framed hunting lodge.

The famous 'Royal Oak' in the grounds, is descended from the tree in which Charles II hid from the Roundheads after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

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