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
Enjoy a huge range of activities including Quad Biking / Trekking, Mountain Boarding, Grass Boarding, Mountain Biking, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Team Building Activities
Shrewsbury Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DB
Accommodation in Much Wenlock
Stylish, comfortable B&B ensuite rooms in historic listed house with off street carparking and private entrance within the charming medieval town of Much Wenlock. A warm welcome and superb breakfast of local produce await.
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HT
Nestled in the heart of unspoilt Shropshire Countryside. Frog Mill Barn is a Grade II listed property, renovated to a luxurious standard. Secluded garden and outside seating area; two double en suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and woodburner.
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4ST
Easthope Caravan and Camping is a family run site and situated on a working farm in Shropshire. Located four miles from Much Wenlock, the farm commands lovely views across the Shropshire Hills.
Easthope, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DN
01746 785434/ 07971 085762
The Forge at Ashfield Hall is a wenlock stone cottage for two with a beautiful cruck oak frame situated in the centre of Much Wenlock. Renovated to a high standard and is nestled at the back of the owners Grade 2* listed building.
49 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AD
Pine Tree Lodge is located in a semi rural setting with country views but is less than a mile from the Historic Market town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire and 1/2 mile from the World Famous Severn Valley Railway. Bridgnorth is an historic fortified town renowned for its many old buildings, pubs and restaurants, also the Vernacular Railway that links the River Severn in Low Town to the Old Castle grounds in High Town.
Oldbury, Bridgnorth, Shropshire , WV16 5EQ
Stunning views and a quiet night, sleeping on pure cotton sheets are guaranteed at this welcoming B&B (with ensuite) just outside Much Wenlock. Great local food (free range eggs of course) and fresh coffee or choice of teas. Drying room for wet clothing or boots.
Homer, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NQ
01952 727336 OR 07973 234582
Reduced rates for the Ironbridge Gorge Musuems.
Shops in Much Wenlock
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.
Sheinton Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HT
The Old Bank, High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AA
Beside the Raven Hotel, Barrow Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6EN
07968 057 873
(by appointment) The Loft at More Hall, Brockton, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6JU
Food & Drink in Much Wenlock
17th Century historic country inn. Comfortable en-suite rooms, award winning meals from local produce, traditional beers. Ideal location for exploring the Shropshire countryside.
Munslow, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9ET
Much Wenlock Visitor Information
The Museum, The Square, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HR.
Tel: 01952 727679 Fax : 01952 727679
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