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A guide to Bewdley

(Population 10,869 – 2001 Census)

Once described as “the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire”, situated on the banks of the River Severn and on the edge of the Forest of Wyre. Bewdley was once a major inland port with many thriving industries. This beautiful Georgian riverside town retains its unique charm and has a wealth of listed buildings.

At its heart, the old Butchers Shambles now houses the much acclaimed town’s local museum, Bewdley Museum, where you can see local crafts people at work, pick up a souvenir from the well-stocked gift shop or simply wander through the wonderful Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens and Community Orchard. Bewdley offers much to delight the visitor. The Tourist Information Centre is located at the front of the museum in the shop, and is open daily.

The town has an attractive shopping and riverside area offering a range of pubs, restaurants and cafés, and has its own micro-brewery and a wealth of places to stay. The 18th Century church of St Anne dominates the main street with its many tiny independent shops, antiques and craft galleries. The town is on the edge of the Wyre Forest and is an ideal starting point for many walks. Bewdley is a popular stopping off point for travellers on the Severn Valley Railway station and visitors to the West Midland Safari Park.

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