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The Golden Lion
83 High Street
Tel : +44 01746 762016
Family en suite
£40.00 - £80.00
Per Room per night, breakfast included
The Golden Lion is a traditional 17th century Coaching Inn situated on the High Street, near to the Northgate, in Bridgnorth's High Town. The River Severn and the Severn Valley Railway are both within a few minutes walk. The Golden Lion provides the only bed and breakfast available on the town's historic High Street. There is a large car park at the rear with the entrance from St Leonard's Close via Church Street. Secure storage is available for bicycles, fishing tackle etc. The Inn has two comfortable lounge areas and a traditional public bar with facilities for darts, quoits, dominoes, other pub games and television. Excellent home cooked meals are available from 12noon to 2pm from Monday to Saturday, and 12noon to 2.30pm on Sundays.
Bed and breakfast is available and all rooms are en-suite and fully centrally heated with a radio alarm clock, colour TV, a hospitality tray and a hairdryer. Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all on the first floor, and Room 5 is at the rear of the inn with a patio outside and direct flat access from the car park. Rooms 1 and 3 have a double bed and two single beds, whilst rooms 2 and 5 have a double bed and a single bed. Room 4 has three single beds. Room 2 is the only room with a bath as well as a shower.
A Brief History of Bridgnorth
The first mention of Bridgnorth was about 895 when the Danes set up camp here. In 912 Ethelfleda, the lady of Mercia and King Alfred's daughter built a castle at 'Bridge', but by 1086 this castle seems to have deteriorated since it is not mentioned in the Domesday book. In 1101 Robert de Belleme transferred a Church and Borough from Quatford to Bridgnorth and appears to have repaired or rebuilt Ethelfleda's stronghold. The following year Henry I besieged the castle for three months and took the castle from Robert. Bridgnorth then began to extend along High Street. Bridgnorth received its first charter in 1157 and since this year many Kings and famous people visited the town. The town suffered a few small seiges concluding in 1646 during the Civil War when the castle was held for King. During this seige most of the half timbered town buildings were burnt and the castle was blown up and dismantled to its present state.
Bridgnorth for centuries was a busy river port and only ceased in 1895 when the last loaded barge came down the river. The Severn Valley Railway helped the decline when it opened in 1862. The town is proud to have built the first fare paying passenger locomotive in 1808 at Hazeldine's Foundry in Low Town. Today Bridgnorth is a most attractive ancient market town set in the lovely Severn Valley. The town is divided into two with Low Town in the Valley, by the River Severn, and High Town on the cliff top. Many sets of steps, narrow streets and the Cliff Railway connect the two.
What to see and do
Britain's premier steam railway, the Severn Valley Railway runs 16 miles from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster through the beautiful Severn Valley. Bridgnorth Museum, The Costume and Childhood Museum , The Toy Emporium, The Town Hall and many historical buildings are all situated in Bridgnorth's High Town. Nearby are Daniels Mill, The Severn Valley Country Park, Rays Farm Country Matters, Dudmaston Hall, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Weston Park, Maws Craft Centre and Wenlock Pottery. Further afield are Bewdley Safari Park, Cosford Aerospace Museum, The Black Country Museum, Church Stretton, Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge and Stourbridge Crystal.
Bridgnorth is also host to The Haydn Festival, an annual Music Festival, a Jazz Festival, a 22 mile walk for local charities, and several regattas on the River Severn. Sporting interests are well catered for with a sports and leisure centre, fishing on the River Severn and on many local pools. There are also several golf courses nearby. The Town has successful Rugby, Cricket, Rowing, Tennis, Hockey, Football and Bowling Clubs.
From Head for Bridgnorth town centre in High Town. You will come up Whitburn St., at the top is a halt sign and the High Street runs to your left and right. The Golden Lion Inn is to your left and the car park is accessed by going straight over from Whitburn St. into Church St.
By Public Transport
From Telford Central - 10 miles
Take A442 road towards Kidderminster from Telford until you reach Bridgnorth then follow town centre signs.
The Golden Lion facilities include:
- Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
- Pets accepted
- Garden/patio for guests' use
- Public telephone
- Serve breakfast
- Serve lunch
- Accept children (minimum age)
- Ironing facilities
- Number of shared bathrooms
- Central heating throughout
- Car parking
- Cater for vegetarians
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