Bridgnorth Castle, Bridgnorth

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Bridgnorth Castle is a castle in the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire beside the River Severn.DetailsThe castle was founded in 1101 by Robert de Belleme, the son of the French Earl, Roger de Montgomery, who succeeded his father to become the Earl of Shrewsbury. Its principal feature, a square great tower, was built during the reign of Henry II.During the Civil War, Bridgnorth was one of the Midlands' main Royalist strongholds and in 1642 many Royalist troops were garrisoned there. In 1646, Cromwell’s Roundheads arrived with orders to take Bridgnorth for the Parliamentarians from the garrison led by Sir Robert Howard. Following a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished. By 1647 little of the structure remained. The Parliamentarians left it much as it is today, the stone from the castle being taken and used to repair the town's damaged buildings.Parts of the great tower still remain, but because of the damage caused during the Civil War, it now leans at an angle of 15 degrees, 4 times the lean of the leaning tower of Pisa. The castle grounds were excavated over three days by archaeological television programme Time Team, clarifying the layout of the castle and the history of its construction.
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  • August 15, 2017
    There's not much there other than rocks that once belonged to a castle. It may as well be a rock as there's that little of it left. It is surrounded within the park area which is nice in itself.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A lovely place to picnic or relax and take in the views. Read the signs about the history of Bridgnorth castle. The gardens are very nice. There are lots of viewing points over looking the steam train...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I appreciate the history behind this piece of rock but all in all its just a bit of rock. If you don't know the history then that's all it is. The park it sits in however is great to relax and walk ar...  more »
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  • August 30, 2017
    The grounds are child friendly. And the flower beds second to none. Well Worth a visit.
  • June 21, 2017
    First time visiting yesterday even though I've been to Bridgnorth many times, what a beautiful spot, the park is so beautiful and lots of spots to sit. Amazing views, a wonky castle (seriously how does it stay up!) and utterly gorgeous ice cream! Highly recommend a visit.
  • July 3, 2017
    Only a small damaged tower remains. But it is set in a beautifully looked after park. Full of flower beds and with areas that are tended by various local community groups. There is a bandstand surrounded by benches. Its a gem in heart of bridgenorth.
  • August 22, 2017
    Lovely little park only downside no toilets council should get their act together and sort some out
  • July 16, 2017
    A beautiful experience! The gardens are well kept and enough green space to relax and take in the spectacular leaning walls of the remains of the castle

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