“One of the most spectacular inland town settings in England”
Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn is located just outside Bridgnorth which sits high on a sandstone cliff and its history, well, lets say its had it’s ups and downs and all have left their marks in Bridgnorth’s development. The town is divided in two – a high town and low town. There are caves, a castle, a cliff railway, a civil war and catastrophes that all had a bearing on the town you see today.
Bordered and divided by Britain’s longest river, The Severn, there are spectacular views of the valley and low town from the high town. Oh yes, then there was King Charles I, who upon visiting the town in 1642 remarked that the view is “the finest in my domain”. With a recommendation like that one should surely come and have a look!
The town has two unique heritage railways: a Cliff Railway that climbs from the Severn to the high town and the famous Severn Valley Railway operating vintage trains on a beautiful sixteen mile stretch of riverside line. The town has won 5 consecutive gold medals in the Britain in Bloom competition and a silver award in the European floral competition.
There are shops and pubs and events galore, as well as many places to explore. There are two markets – a livestock market and a street market as well as a permanent indoor market area and a Friday market under the Town Hall.
There are lovely side streets to explore with fine houses and cottages, the remains of a Friary, eight sets of steps to get up and down the town, a bridge, old residential caves and much more.
Severn Valley Steam Railway provides a unique tour of the picturesque Valley’s from Bridgnorth to Bewdley, and our sister Pub The Plough Inn just outside Bewdley, and then through to Kidderminster. More on the Severn Valley Railway Here
For more information on Bridgnorth and Shropshire Tourism, visit Virtual-Shropshire Bridgnorth Guide Here