Upon visiting the town in 1642, Charles l was overheard to say that Bridgnorth had ‘the finest view in my domain’. He had a point because this intriguing market town sits high up on a 100ft sandstone cliff. Britain’s longest river, the Severn, divides the two halves being connected by a cable-pulled cliff railway which has the steepest gradient in England.
The town’s focal point is its 17th century arched town hall but Bridgnorth has many other interesting features, including a series of clifftop caves and some fine half-timbered houses. The Severn Valley railway runs classic steam trains on a 16-mile line alongside the river while sitting uneasily on the cliffs is the leaning tower of a 12th century Norman castle, mortally wounded by the Parliamentarians during the Civil War.