Visit Bridgnorth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, is really two towns, High Town and Low Town, connected by many flights of steps and a railway with the steepest gradient in Britain. The setting, part spread across the red sandstone ridge, part at its foot, is unique in England; and the buildings in the town live up to it. The oddest is undoubtedly the remains of the l2th-century castle which was destroyed by the Parliamentarians in 1646. They left about 30 ft of the tower of the keep and this still stands - or leans - unbelievably at 17 degrees from the perpendicular, more than three times the lean of the tower at Pisa. The castle grounds are now a public park and a fascinating view of the Low Town can be had from Castle Walk, a promenade running 100 ft above the River Severn.
The next most conspicuous building is the Town Hall; half-timbered and set on arches, it straddles the High Street, traffic passing beneath it. There are many half-timbered and 18th-century houses in the High Street, which is one of the most pleasing thoroughfares in the county, straight, wide and gracious.
One of the best vistas in the town is to be had in East Castle Street which vies with High Street with its many fine, well-proportioned houses. The street is a cul-de-sac, sealed off by Bridgnorth's most striking church, St Mary Magdalene's. Built in white stone with Tuscan columns, a square, pillared tower surmounted by a lead dome, the church looks as if it would be more at home in a Mediterranean town than in its English setting. Its designer was the engineer Thomas Telford.
The Parish Church of St Leonard, badly damaged during the Civil War, was almost entirely rebuilt about 100 years ago in its 15th-century style. In red sandstone, the church is remarkably wide. It has an impressive tower and a stair turret topped with a miniature spire.
Climbing up steeply from Low Town to High Town is the Cartway. Here are caves, hewn out of the sandstone, where people lived until little more than 100 years ago. Here, too, is the town's oldest house, a near-perfect example of Elizabethan black-and-white building which was the birthplace of Bishop Thomas Percy. The bishop is mainly remembered for his collection of old English poetry, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765).
There are some interesting houses in Low Town: Cann Hall where Prince Rupert lodged in 1642; Diamond Hall, built by Colonel Roger Pope in the late 17th century with the winnings of his horse, Diamond; and the 17th-century Vine Inn by the river.
Nearby cities: Wolverhampton
Nearby towns: Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, Much Wenlock, Shifnal, Stourbridge, Telford, Wombourne
Nearby villages: Acton Round, Aldenham, Allscott, Alveley, Astley Abbots, Aston Botterell, Badger, Barrow, Beckbury, Billingsley, Bobbington, Broseley, Buildwas, Burwarton, Chetton, Chorley, Claverley, Cleobury North, Coalbrookdale, Coalport, Coton, Ditton Priors, Eardington, Enville, Fenngreen, Glazeley, Halfpenny Green, Haughton, Healthton, Highley, Ironbridge, Kemberton, Loughton, Madeley, Monkhopton, Morville, Much Wenlock, Neenton, Pattingham, Quatford, Quatt, Romsley, Roughton, Ryton, Seisdon, Sidbury, Stanlow, Stanmore, Stockton, Stottesden, Sutton Maddock, Upper Arley, Willey, Worfield
Have you decided to visit Bridgnorth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bridgnorth bed and breakfast (a Bridgnorth B&B or Bridgnorth b and b)
- a Bridgnorth guesthouse
- a Bridgnorth hotel (or motel)
- a Bridgnorth self-catering establishment, or
- other Bridgnorth accommodation