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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom

Bridgnorth - Home of the Severn Valley Railway

  • By SilverTraveller Terry

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  • Sep 2011
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Bridgnorth was once a thriving inland river port with its High Town and Low Town, connected by the steepest funicular (50p return ticket). The town has many 16th and 17th century houses and cottages. If you are feeling energetic you can amble up steep Cartway, stopping off at the Black Boy pub for a pint of real ale, before making your way to the beautiful Castle Gardens for a well-earned rest. Here you will see the Castle, which leans at an alarming angle, even greater than the Tower of Pisa. The building was blown up in the Civil War by the parliamentarians. From the Castle Walk you get a fantastic view of the river and surrounding countryside. Charles I called it, "the finest in all my kingdom". On Saturdays there is a thriving street market with local farm produce, crafts and antiques. There are plenty of small shops and cafes. At 2pm each Saturday a guided heritage walk of the town takes place starting at the library on Listley Street. The star attraction for steam enthusiasts (and there are a lot of them about) is the Severn Valley Railway. The track is connected to the main line at Kidderminster, which means that there are regular "Steam Galas" with guest locomotives. At the Autumn Gala the guest locos were the famous Tornado and Caledonian blue " 812 Class" all the way from Scotland. In June the clocks are turned back to the 1940's with a lighthearted journey back to wartime Britain. There are costumed re-enactors, displays, historic vehicles and more. For the grandchildren there is Halloween and Santa Specials coming up. The next Steam Gala takes place on Match 23rd, 24th and 25th. Ramps are provided for disabled travellers and wheelchair accessible toilets are available on the stations. On Bridgnorth station in the Railwaymans Arms you can have another pint of real ale – in fact the whole of the town is "beer heaven!" – husband creches everywhere, while we ladies can visit the boutiques and market stalls. For details of different accommodation it is best to view the Shropshire Tourism website (I stay in my own cottage) There are also links to various other places of interest nearby like: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site, National Trust properties and landscapes, Ludlow for foodies, Shrewsbury for the discerning shoppers, Much Wenlock the home of the modern Olympic Games , Cosford Royal Air Force and Cold War Museum (free to enter!) and quirky Bishops Castle – I could go on…

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  • Terry
    over 6 years ago
    Yes It is beautiful. The steam railway is closed in January/February for maintenance. The Steam Gala this year is on 21st March. Enjoy!
  • ESW
    over 6 years ago
    Bridgenorth is a very attractive town. The Funicular is great fun, especially if you've never been in one before. I was also intrigued by the remains of the cave dwellings in the side of the cliff. You can't imagine people living in them.

    The Severn Valley Railway is a great day out. Not only is it a good run, the stations are beutifully maintained. This is travel as it used to be.