In a Nutshell
Bridgnorth is a quaint market town, built around the River Severn. Very much a working town, it manages to balance every day utility with its tourist attractions, offering a good range of shops, dining and walks. With the town split into the High and Low towns, you can choose to take it easy or make a round trip of the many steep sets of steps that link the two parts.
Parking & Pooping
With the main part of the town being in the High Town, we normally head for one of the two main car parks at either end of the High St. The Whitburn Car Park (confusingly accessed from Old Smithfield) is a long term car park that hosts a market every Saturday. Listley St Car Park is more central but has fewer spaces. It is also where the public toilets are located in High Town. Both car parks are just a short walk from the High St.
You can also choose to park in the Low Town area and walk across the bridge and either up one of the flights of steps or use the Cliff Railway to get up to the High Town area.
Grass for pups is to be found in the Castle Gardens or up by the St Leonard's church if you need something closer to the High St.
Bridgnorth gives you a real choice of walking activity. To keep it easy, park in the High Town and stroll down the High St towards the castle grounds. Unfortunately the High St is not pedestrianised and normally has a steady flow of cars along it, but pavements are reasonably wide on either side and walking is easy except on very busy days. Our usual route is to head down toward the castle, walk through the castle gardens and then around the wide cliff edge path (always plenty of dogs on walks) back towards the Cliff Railway and into the centre of the High Town.
If you're feeling more energetic then you can head down one of the flights of steps from the cliff path to the Low Town and take a circular route across the bridge towards the Severn Park and back. You can always take the Cliff Railway back up to the High Town if you've overdone it!
There are plenty of benches and some shady spots to rest in the Castle Gardens and on the cliff path. Not so many benches on the Hight St however.
Keeping the Humans Amused
Bridgnorth has a good selection of independent shops, covering fashionwear, antiques, and curios alongside the usual high st stores. More up-market antique centres can be found in the Low Town.
The Castle Gardens offer a chance to relax and the cliff path gives impressive views over the river. The Cliff Railway is a fascinating piece of history and dogs ride for free. For a longer train trip the Severn Valley Railway runs from the Bridgnorth Station, offering the authentic steam engine experience.
There are plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from, some with riverside terraces. Among the dog friendly options are the Crown on the High St, the Shakespeare Inn and the Old Castle. Our favourite cafe is the Whitburn Coffee House on Whitburn St, which offers an excellent all day breakfast menu as well as lunch menu and is reasonably priced. Dog are welcomed throughout the cafe.
Last visit: July 2021