Famous for it's Cliff Railway, Bridgnorth on the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire is surrounded by countryside. We have compiled a list of what we love most about the beautiful market town.
Bridgnorth is home to one of most unique theatres in the country, it’s easy to see why Theatre on the Steps attracts over 12,000 visitors a year.
Nestled halfway down the historic Stoneway Steps, Theatre on the Steps lies inside an old Congregational Chapel. For 45 weeks a year the theatre offers a wide variety of drama, music and dance with it's own company of actors and singers mounting several productions including the annual pantomime. Run entirely by volunteers, past productions including Les Miserables, Othello and An Inspector Calls.
Once described by King Charles I as ‘the finest view in all my Kingdom’, Bridgnorth is home to many important historical buildings and features, including the famous Bridgnorth Cliff Railway.
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is the oldest and steepest inland cliff railway in the country. For over a century it has been transporting the people of Bridgnorth up and down the 111ft sandstone cliff that separates the High Town from the Low Town. The railway operates two cars on parallel tracks, connected by steel ropes, the carriages serve to counterbalance each other - as one rises to the top station, the other runs to the bottom station. The cars are now powered by an electric winding engine, but were originally driven by a system of water balance, each carriage carrying water ballast in a tank beneath the passenger compartment.
The Northgate Museum in Bridgnorth should be the first stop for anyone wanting to discover the history of the town and local area.
With over 4,500 objects in its collection, the earliest object at Northgate Museum dates back to the Saxon period. From an Edwardian cash till, to a model of Trevithick's Steam Engine, it’s a day the whole family can enjoy. Other delights at the museum include firearms and weapons, local archaeological artefacts, coats of arms and a Victorian pram. The museum is run and managed by volunteers. Entry to the museum is free, but donations are welcomed. It’s open from Easter to October every year.
As if one historic railway wasn’t enough, Bridgnorth is also home to the famous Severn Valley Railway.
Built on a conservation area, the Severn Valley Railway is one of the longest steam railways in Britain. Travelling through the beautiful Severn Valley by steam train with its several quaint stations en route is truly delightful. Bridgnorth Station is the only listed station building on the line in the 'restrained neo-Jacobean' style. The station is predominantly run by volunteers which helps create a really friendly atmosphere. Once a thriving port, the town is a short walk from the station and is connected by a footbridge, halfway down the sandstone cliff. You don’t have to go far to get a drink though, the pub at the station, The Railwaymans Arms, is worth checking out. It’s stayed open for business throughout the station's history, first opening back in 1861.
Before you visit it’s worth checking the website as they run specials like Thomas the Tank Engine weekend and Santa Specials.
Some of our favorites
Best bargain: The market on the High Street is on every Saturday and is definitely worth a wander round if you’re into cute little antiques and second hand book shops.
Fabulous Food: If you’re looking for looking for fast food but don’t want to scrimp on quality, Peepo is the Italian restaurant that’s got it all. Located on Bridgnorth High Street, it offers up some of the finest Italian cuisine in Shropshire.
Perfect Pint: The Old Castle Pub is nestled right on the edge of Bridgnorth’s famous sandstone cliff, offering up unrivaled views of the low town.
Very Vintage: The Looking Glass should be your first port of call for anything vintage. The shop is home to countless numbers of brilliant period pieces ranging from the roaring 20’s to the swinging 60’s. It’s only a short walk from the town’s high street – located on Bank Street.
Wonderful walks: If the Cliff Railway isn’t your thing, you could take one of the seven ancient flights of steps up the sandstone cliffs from the Low Town to the High Town. As you go, look out for the former home of the cleric and poet Bishop Percy (1580), who collected the ballads known as Percy's Reliques; and the cliff caves, which were inhabited until the 1850's.
There is also Bridgnorth town trail - which will take you round many of the fine buildings and shops that grace the town.