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Top Things to Do Around Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth was once one of the busiest river ports on the River Severn but today things are much quieter. The town is split into two by the river, the with High Town on the right bank and the Low Town on the left bank. If you are visiting the Bridgnorth area, here are some of top things to see and do.

Top Things to Do Around Bridgnorth

Around the town

Bridgnorth was named for one of the bridges over the River Severn and was in existence as early as the 890s when the Danes made a camp nearby and later created a mound that is now believed to be the site of the Bridgnorth Castle.  After the Norman Conquest, the area was given to Roger de Montgomerie and the town was officially created in 1101 by Roger’s son, Robert 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury.

Bridgnorth Town Hall is one of the older buildings in the town, an eye-catching black and white building that was erected in 1650.  It originally had the town’s chief magistrates on the upper floors and the ground floor was a public wool market.

Bridgnorth Castle was founded by Robert, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury when he founded the town in 1101.  It later had a square great tower added during the reign of Henry II and in the Civil War, it was one of the top Royalist strongholds.  Today the castle is in ruins but is still interesting to visit – it has a tilt that is four times the tilt of the Leaning Tower of Pisa so don’t worry if you look at it and feel a little off balance!

Around the area

Bridgnorth is a great base to explore the wider area and there’s lots to see.  One of the most famous places is the Ironbridge, known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.  The site of the famous bridge is also home to a number of museums that make it a great day out including the Museum of the Gorge, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Blists Hill Victorian Town.

TheRAF Museum Cosford Museum is a free admission award winning museum that is one of the largest aviation collections in the UK.  There are 70 historic aircraft there along with the National Cold War Exhibition.  The museum is great for any time of the year and any weather as it is mostly indoors.

Much Wenlock is a small town near to Bridgnorth that is filled with black and white period houses and one of the best monastic ruins in the country, Wenlock Priory.  It was also the place that the modern Olympic Games was born when William Penny Brookes, a local doctor, came up with the idea.

Tasty break

Don’t forget to stop off at The Plough Inn for your lunch or evening meal while you are in the area.  Our restaurant has an extensive menu with regularly live events in the pub, real ales and fine wines on offer.  And we also do private hire if you are visiting for a special occasion.


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