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Travelling around Bridgnorth

Travelling around Bridgnorth

Located on the banks of the River Severn and connected by the steepest inland funicular in Britain, Bridgnorth is so much more than your average market town. Split by the Severn Valley into the High Town and the Low Town, Bridgnorth is steeped in history with parkland and river views everywhere you look, making it the perfect place for walkers, anglers and wildlife spotters.

History lovers will find ample things to keep them entertained in this leafy Shropshire town, including the country’s oldest funicular railway, Bridgnorth Castle and Northgate Museum. There’s also plenty on offer for those who love the great outdoors with a host of parks, nature reserves and walking trails. 

Aerial view of Bridgnorth with landscape of town and river

The earliest historical mention of Bridgnorth was in 895 when the Danes set up a camp at ‘Cwatbridge’. In 912 Ethelfleda, the lady of Mercia who was King Alfred’s daughter, built a castle at ‘Bridge'.

For many centuries, Bridgnorth was an extremely busy river port. Merchandise was ferried downriver in trows or barges and pulled upriver by teams of four to eight men harnessed to a tow rope. Bridgnorth’s early trades included malting, tanning, weaving, nailers, drapers and iron founders.

In 2005, unverified German papers dated from 1941, were found which outlined new details about Nazi Germany’s military plans for an invasion of Britain. Both Ludlow and Bridgnorth were mentioned and some experts believe that it was Hitler's intention to make Bridgnorth his personal headquarters in Britain, due to its central position in the UK, rural location, rail connections and now disused airfield.