Things To Do In Bridgnorth

Things To Do In Bridgnorth
Nestled in the beautiful Severn Valley, the thriving market town of Bridgnorth is a visitor’s delight brimming with historic architecture and plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained. Straddled by the River Severn with a High and Low Town, Bridgnorth was once considered one of the busiest river ports in Europe but is today a haven for anglers and walkers, having “possibly the finest views in all my kingdom” as declared by Charles I.
Spend an afternoon wandering around the town’s extensive array of independent shops, then head off to explore the remains of Bridgnorth Castle before hopping on the train for a scenic steam ride along the Severn Valley Railway. Planning a visit? Read on for more of the top things to do in Bridgnorth.

1. Explore the independent shops and eateries

If you love exploring independent shops, Bridgnorth will be your idea of paradise. Wander through the historic streets and you’ll soon discover an extensive selection of businesses selling everything from antiques and gifts to books, clothes, unique home accessories and much more. Don’t forget to also stop by at one of the town’s great cafes for a tasty treat, or enjoy a hearty pub lunch in a cosy pub, many of which serve a great choice of locally brewed ales. You can see what’s available  in the town by visiting the ShopAppy Bridgnorth page.

2. Check out the weekly Charter Market

Bridgnorth Town Hall is undoubtedly one of the town’s most recognisable landmarks and is also the home of the weekly Charter Market, held beneath the building on both Fridays and Saturdays. This unique market is home to a great variety of stalls offering everything from locally made gifts to the finest fresh produce. A speciality Sunday market is also held twice each month, showcasing local artists and makers, artisan products and vintage goods.

3. Visit Bridgnorth Castle

Dating back all the way to 1101, only the fragmented remains of Bridgnorth Castle remain today - but it’s still well worth a visit if you love your history and has beautiful surrounding gardens with stunning panoramic views over the town. An interesting fact - the remains of the Great Tower lean at an angle of 15 degrees, which is four times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

4. Take a ride on the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

Believed to be the oldest and steepest inland electric funicular railway in the country, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Bridgnorth and an enjoyable ride for all the family. Linking the Low Town and High Town, it offers visitors incredible views as you travel through the 111 ft high sandstone cliffs. 

5. Hop on the Severn Valley Railway

Bridgnorth is the northern terminus of the Severn Valley Railway, one of the country’s top heritage steam attractions. Carrying an estimated 240,000 visitors each year, children and adults alike are sure to enjoy the scenic steam train journey to Kidderminster, passing through some truly spectacular scenery and numerous stopping points including Bewdley and Highley, where you can hop off the train to explore further or enjoy a scenic walk. Don’t miss the numerous special events taking place throughout the year, including the ever-popular Santa specials in the run up to Christmas.
Now that we’ve shown you some of the top things to do in Bridgnorth, we hope you’ll be inspired to make a visit. Plan your trip by checking out the local shops, eateries and events here.

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