Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Much Wenlock is a town in miniature, filled with black-and-white houses, friendly traditional pubs, a good range of individual shops, and one of the most impressive sets of monastic ruins you'll ever see. In the care of English Heritage, Wenlock Priory's serene and majestic remains are an unmissable, unforgettable sight.

Click here for information about Wenlock Priory.

There is history at every turn - the magnificent Guildhall with its whipping post, the lovely Holy Trinity Church and Dr William Penny Brookes, who was instrumental in founding the modern Olympic Movement.  The town's fine Museum houses an impressive collection of Olympian memorabilia as well as a wide range of exhibits dealing with Wenlock's history, geology and natural environment.

The Farmhouses on all the main streets convinced Mary Webb, the Shropshire novelist, that Much Wenlock was a Rip van Winkle of a place, "Somewhere in the Middle Ages it had fallen asleep" she said. Astonishingly, one working farm survives at the heart of this little gem. Where else can you find the rustic charm of a village with the fine buildings of an important historic centre?

The half-timbered Guildhall and the Priory Ruins with the exotic topiary are best known. But there's so much more. Even the great architectural historian, Niklaus Pevsner, not a man to be lost for words, had to fall back three times on 'picturesque', with a 'great charm' thrown in for good measure.

One man who never slept was William Penny Brookes, local doctor and a pioneer of physical education, and was considered as 'the King of Wenlock'. His Wenlock Olympian Games, which inspired the modern Olympics, are still held every year, try the Olympian Trail. Dr Brookes would approve.

The story of Brookes and his Games is told in the Museum. The museum's dramatic model tells how the fossil beds of Wenlock Edge were formed as coral reefs. You can explore the real thing from the town or the car parks off the B4371 road. The National Trust owns 550 acres, concealing nine kinds of orchids. There are paths and ways for walkers, cyclists and riders.

For more information about Much Wenlock, please visit www.muchwenlocktourism.co.uk

Please click here to view a map of Much Wenlock town centre.

Attractions in Much Wenlock

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Visit a working pottery, open all year round and create a masterpiece in the Ceramic Cafe or browse in beautiful surroundings for that special gift.  Beautiful bed & breakfast accommodation also available.

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Wenlock Priory, with it's stunning clipped topiary, has a pastoral setting on the edge of lovely Much Wenlock.

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Enjoy a huge range of activities including Quad Biking / Trekking, Mountain Boarding, Grass Boarding, Mountain Biking, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Team Building Activities

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"On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble; His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;" A.E. Housman - A Shropshire Lad

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Much Wenlock in Shropshire is the home of the modern Olympic Games, no honestly! Dr William Penny Brookes was a local doctor who campaigned tirelessly to revive the ancient Greek games.

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Holy Trinity is a large church in the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock. Open 9am - 5pm


Accommodation in Much Wenlock

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Relax in peaceful barn conversions in peaceful farm yard with beautiful views over Shropshire Hills. Central to Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Much Wenlock. Close to the Wrekin.

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Visit Britain Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading Sykes Cottages

The Old Nursery (sleeps 4) and The Gun Room (Sleeps 2) both offer high quality accommodation in a perfect location, surrounded by beautiful countryside close to Much Wenlock.

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Approximately 450 yards from centre of town. Ample space for children. Quite close to National Trust property. Blists Hill Museum easily accessible.

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Two beautiful fully equipped converted barns on working family farm. Private courtyard. Secure gardens with lovely views and use of outdoor swimming pool. Central for touring South Shropshire.

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In peaceful village below Wenlock Edge in AONB. Comfortable self-contained apartment. Pine-panelled bed-sittingroom upstairs. Courtyard and cottage gardens. Ironbridge 4 miles. Warm welcome.

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Mike has diversified over the last few years and has now created a perfect haven for relaxation in his beautiful Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

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Beautifully converted oak-beamed cottage for two in the heart of historic Much Wenlock. Quietly tucked away behind owners listed home.

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This stone built cottage is situated a mile from the centre of Much Wenlock in the grounds of the owners smallholding.

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Situated in the heart of the medieval town of Much Wenlock, The Washouse is a stone cottage converted from one of the town’s historic buildings, dating back some 300-400 years.

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"The accommodation is superb - the best of its kind, with a homely warmth and excellent attention to detail" Jade Wright - Liverpool Echo. 16th Century Grade II listed family house. Once the Manor Farm House it maintains many original features, including a King Charles staircase that is mentioned in Pevsner’s The Buildings of England. There is a walled garden at the rear with lawns, herbaceous border and kitchen garden.

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Map of Much Wenlock Town

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Much Wenlock Visitor Information

The Museum, The Square, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HR.

Tel: 01952 727679 Fax : 01952 727679

Email: muchwenlocktourism@shropshire.gov.uk

Open: Daily 10.30 - 13.00, 13.30 - 17.00 1st April - 31st October.

During the Winter months, open Tuesday, Friday 10.30 - 13.00, 13.30 - 16:00, Saturday 10.30 - 12noon