Rich cultural attractions

Industrial and cultural heritage

The Severn Valley, located in the heart of England, is a region that seamlessly blends industrial heritage with rich cultural attractions, creating a captivating tapestry of history and modernity.

The industrial heritage of the area is anchored by the famed Severn Valley Railway, a living testament to the golden age of steam locomotives. This heritage railway offers a nostalgic journey through picturesque landscapes, hugging the banks of the River Severn while passing through charming stations and villages.

The Severn Valley area boasts a vibrant cultural scene. The region in central England is dotted with historic towns and villages, each with its own unique character and stories to tell. Located near distinctive destinations – Bridgnorth, Worcester and Birmingham – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Bridgnorth in Shropshire, with its distinct high and low towns connected by a funicular railway, exudes medieval charm. The town’s market squares, timber-framed buildings and winding streets invite exploration.

To the south, Worcester boasts a medieval Cathedral with royal tombs, a crypt and cloisters. At The Commandery, a museum traces the building’s evolution from the Middle Ages through England’s Civil War to the 1950s. The timber-framed Tudor House Museum focuses on life in Tudor and 17th-century Worcester, with displays on traditional brewing and weaving.

Venturing further north, Ironbridge stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. Visitors can delve into the past at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, offering insights into the innovations that shaped the world.

The Severn Valley offers a harmonious blend of industrial heritage and cultural richness. Whether drawn by the echoes of industry or the allure of artistic expression, visitors are sure to find the Severn Valley a captivating destination and one that they return to again and again.

A captivating destination



Stourport is a pretty Georgian town on the banks of the River Severn with a boat marina and historic canal basins.
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Bewdley bridge, designed by Thomas Telford, over the River Severn at Bewdley


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