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.
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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
Lower Hill Farm is a family business nestling amongst the woods at the foot of Wenlock Edge. The site has panoramic views, from the Long Mynd to the Wrekin.
Hughley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6NX
Beautifully converted cottage offering spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 4 people. The Barn is tucked away down a quiet lane in the centre of Much Wenlock. The lounge and dining rooms have French doors leading out to a characterful walled garden.
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HD
A haven of peace and tranquility, a get-away-from-it-all retreat set in beautiful countryside with stunning views over Wenlock Edge. Perfect for a romantic break or as a base for walking and exploring. Close to the ancient market towns of Much Wenlock and Shrewsbury, and just 1½ hours West of Birmingham.
Kenley, Shropshire, SY5 6PA
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