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Bridgnorth Castle and Grounds, 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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  • Im 64 and mom and dad use to take us to this park even in winter with a small flask of tomato soup we didn't get much we were a family of six and had to take turns with the cup looking up in wonder at...  more »
  • The castle, what remains of it, is a curio. How come the wall is still staning is a wonder. The surrounding gardens are beautiful in the summer with open spaces and plenty of benches. Recommended.  more »
  • Excellently tended gardens with a wonderful view over the lower level of Bridgnorth. The park contains a Vintage Caravan that serves delicious Gelati and Waffles.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Interesting castle or what is left of it, leaning towards one side pretty intensely. The surrounding gardens are nice and you can take your dogs up but be warned the climb up from the south town is not for the faint of heart.
  • lovely area has some nice views over the lower town and surrounding area.
  • Planning on going on a date here, hopefully the beautiful landscape will help me along :') love this place
  • on a sunny day it cant be beat. A stroll around townb with an ice cream is pure bliss.

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