Bridgnorth in Shropshire; what to see

You’ve probably never heard of Bridgnorth and it would not be a  big surprise,  it’s not an extremely famous place. But it has some interesting things that are worth visiting, it was in fact an important town during the Middle Ages.

First of all, the town is divided into two area by the river Severn, the lower part and the upper part. The upper part is located on a large sand dune.

Above the hill are the ruins of an old Norman castle built in 1100 and then practically destroyed during the English Civil War in the 17th century. The tower that still stands now, is not very straight. It is also worth climbing on the hill for the views of the river Severn.

Photo: © Copyright Ian Slater and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The two parts Bridgnorth are connected by a funicular opened in 1892, once operated on water power but is now run on electricity. If you like the historic railways from here you can also find the Severn Valley Railway which while smoking and puffing takes you up to Kidderminster.

The town has several interesting museums, for example the Costume and Childhood Museum which has costumes and toys especially of the nineteenth century and also a collection of minerals from all over the world. You can also visit the North Gate Museum which is located above the only remaining gate of the medieval town.

 

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Near the High Street you will find some old medieval streets, even if the houses are at the earliest from the Tudor era. Unfortunately, many buildings were destroyed in a fire in 1600. In any case you can enter  courtyards where you will often find workshops of craftsmen and small shops. Also have a look at the Bishop Percy’s House, a beautiful 16th century house in typical Tudor style.

How to get to Bridgnorth?

From London the best way to get there is by train to Birmingham from Euston Station, but instead of getting to Birmingham, get off at Coventry where you will find a train to Wolverhampton and get off there. From here you can take bus number 9 to High Town and you can get off at Bridgnorth. There are numerous hotels and B & Bs here and you can spend a few days exploring the area.



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