The historic market town of Bridgnorth is conveniently located in the West Midlands county of Shropshire, providing the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Shropshire landscape and the surrounding towns of Ironbridge, Much Wenlock, Ludlow, Shrewsbury and beyond into Wales.
Bridgnorth town centre is characterised by historic buildings including the famous Town Hall dating back from 1650. It is also home to an array of unique boutiques and gift shops as well as high street chain shops – catering for all shopping needs.
The River Severn runs throughthe town’s centre creating a unique division between the low town and the high town which is set on Bridgnorth’s sandstone cliffs. The high town offers spectacular views, described as “the finest view in all my kingdom” by King James I whilst on a Royal visit to the town. On the peak of the high grounds in the beautiful Castle Garden, the remains of the Bridgnorth castle can be found, with its origins dating back to 1101. Sitting next door to the castle remains is Thomas Telford’s famous church of St. Mary Magdalene.
Bridgnorth is also home to the country’s oldest and steepest inland funicular or clifftop railway, which takes visitors from the banks of the River Severn in the low town up into the high town. Another popular attraction is the Severn Valley Railway – a 16 mile heritage railway line offering rides in old fashioned locomotives.
Shropshire is a truly unique county, characterised by its distinctive geology, unspoilt countryside, abundance of wildlife, traditional market towns as well as numerous National Trust and English Heritage historical buildings. Bridgnorth provides the ideal base for exploring the rest of this diverse region.
The birthplace of Charles Darwin and the county town, Shrewsbury is definitely worth a visit. Almost entirely circled by the looping River Severn, the origins of the town date back as far as the 5 th and 6 th centuries. Shrewsbury boasts over 660 historic listed buildings, and is famous across the UK for its wealth of beautiful black and white Tudor buildings, historic churches, bridges and the 29 acres of scenic parkland known locally as the Quarry.
Tour the impressive 18 th Century mansion, managed by the National Trust, with its fascinating history – Attingham Park is set on an expansive estate, offering acres of beautiful parkland including a deer park, perfect for leisurely walks.
Explore the fascinating remains of the ancient Roman town of Wroxeter. The Roman army first appeared in Wroxeter in AD 47 – the town itself was established in the AD 90s and has remained impressively well preserved.
The market town of Much Wenlock dates back as far as 680 when the first monastery was founded. Today the town offers a wealth of charming historic buildings, and nearby Wenlock Edge – a steep wooded limestone slope renowned for its far-reaching views, fossils, vegetation and wild flowers.
The bustling medieval town of Ludlow is famous for the expansive historical Ludlow castle, St. Laurence’s church, and of course the annual food festival. It also has over 500 listed buildings as well as the eclectic Ludlow market.
Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in 1958, the Shropshire hills have numerous National Parks, the Stiperstones is one of which. A distinctive hill with a quartzite ridge located within the South Shropshire hills, it is a National Nature Reserve and area of scientific interest. The varied and beautiful landscape of the rolling Shropshire hills and valleys attract avid walkers and nature enthusiasts from across the whole of the country.
An array of children’s parks and green landscape with numerous nature trails, all of which is conveniently located near a diverse shopping centre with a newly constructed complex of restaurants and bars.
The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and home of the world’s first iron bridge constructed in 1779, the charming town of Ironbridge forms part of Telford and is located in the Gorge valley. The town is rich with history, and is now a World Heritage Site. It also boasts 10 award winning museums spread across the valley, including the Blists Hill Victorian town house museum – a wonderful attraction for both adults and children.
An outstanding display of aviation history, illustrated through decommissioned planes and helicopters.
The beautiful 17 th century mansion with its classical architecture is open for public viewing, and is set in over 1,000 acres of stunning landscaped parkland, making this a fantastic day out for all the family.