Welcome to the historic market town of Bridgnorth winner of Great British High Street 2016 Large Market Town.
Bridgnorth, in reality, is two towns: the High Town (good views down) and the Low Town (good views up). Now connected by the steepest inland funicular railway in Britain.The Low Town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while the High Town held the castle, the churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century mansions. Bishop Percy's House being one of them.
Charles I, lost his head here completely, declaring the view to be - "the finest in all my kingdom."
The more energetic amongst you can amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the steep old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above. The carts are gone, but the markets remain. Antiques and local produce are particular specialities.
What's left of the Castle leans at an alarming angle, even greater than the Tower of Pisa. The building was blown up in the Civil War by the Parliamentarians.
Nearby an iron footbridge takes you to the Severn Valley Railway Station. If you want to explore the beautiful Severn Gorge to the south, you should definitely let the steam train take the strain. And you can enjoy wonderful 1940's and 1960's steam nostalgia weekends.
The trains run between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster stopping at picturesque stations along the way.
Ironbridge gorge museums near Telford are approximately 12 miles away.
RAF Cosfords Air Museum and the market town of Shrewsbury are also on the doorstep.
Visit www.aboutbridgnorth.com for tourist guide and more information.