Bridgnorth is a bustling market town in the heart of Shropshire. It is split into two parts, High Town (good views down) and Low Town (good views up), connected by the steepest inland Funicular Railway in Britain. Low Town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while High Town held the Castle, the Churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century Mansions. Charles I, lost his head here completely, declaring the view to be “the finest in all My Kingdom.”
The more energetic (if you choose not to take the car) can amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the Old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above. The carts are gone, but the markets remain. Antiques and Local Produce are particular specialties. By the time you reach the top a gentle stroll is in order – and where better to end up than “Central Court”.
Perched high on a sandstone cliff overlooking the Severn Valley, the remains of a Norman Castle Keep now lean at a precarious fifteen degrees – more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
Very nearby is a footbridge that takes you across to the Severn Valley Railway Station. If you want to explore the beautiful Severn Gorge to the South, you should definitely let the steam train take the strain.
If you are visiting the town overnight then there is plenty of good quality, affordable accommodation…not least at The Friars in Central Court. Alternative accommodation can be found HERE