Bridgnorth Station - Visitor Guide
The listed station building is the only one on the line in the 'restrained neo-Jacobean' style. The original signal box was demolished when the line closed, but the licensed refreshment room stayed open throughout.
You can see from the location of the water tower on platform 1 where the original platform ended. It was extended in 1981 using materials from the ex-GWR Cradley goods shed.
From platform 2 you can see the locomotives in the yard. From the viewing area alongside the headshunt (access via the underpass and 'donkey gallop' to the south of the station) you can watch trains arriving and departing.
The station is adjacent to Pan Pudding Hill, an ancient monument, which was used by the attacking forces to lob missiles at the castle in the Civil War.
Bridgnorth was once a thriving port, and the town is a short walk from the station. The town footbridge connects the station to the New Road, halfway down the sandstone cliff. Bridgnorth is comprised of 'High Town' and 'Low Town', which are connected by many sets of steps, and by the oldest and steepest inland furnicular railway in Britain.
Bridgnorth is a fascinating place to explore. The grounds of the ruined castle are well kept by the Town Council and make a lovely spot for a picnic. The castle's keep leans at an angle greater than that of Pisa's tower, and is all that remains of the castle. The 'Castle Walk' encircles the grounds and provides remarkable extensive views across the riverside, and to the station and Pan Pudding Hill.
The walk connects the top station of the cliff railway with the top of New Road, around the sandstone projection surmounted by Thomas Telford's first church, the town's parish church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, and originally the site of the castle chapel.