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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Wenlock Priory

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

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HS

01952 727466


The Edge Adventure Activities

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

01952 727491


Accommodation in Much Wenlock

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The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse stands alone in large gardens, with fabulous views of Wenlock Edge, an area of Shropshire that is well known by walkers.

Easthope, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DN


Pine Tree Lodge

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

07773888501

DTS Self-Catering 3 Star Accommodation Grading

Serendipity

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.


Park Grange Holidays

Holiday Caravans in 24 acres of glorious Shropshire countryside (near IRONBRIDGE). Small, secluded, safe family park. A separate 5 Touring Pitch Caravan Club CL with Hook-Up.

Morville, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4RN

01746 714285


Lower Hill Campsite - Glamping & Pods

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

01746 785292


The Barn

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

01248 421170


Little Springs Farm Cottage

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

01952 510468


Shops in Much Wenlock

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Wenlock Pottery & Craft Centre

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.

01952 727600

Sheinton Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HT


Cuan House Wildlife Rescue Charity Shop

01952 726750

The Old Bank, High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AA


Sixty Three

01952 727252

63 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AE


Sarah's Mobile Hair

07540 104014


Cocoa Epicure

07540 533891



Mrs P's

01952 727618

57 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AE


The Marketplace at The Raven

01952 727251

Beside the Raven Hotel, Barrow Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6EN


Sarah Cavendish Designs

07968 057 873

(by appointment) The Loft at More Hall, Brockton, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6JU


Food & Drink in Much Wenlock

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The Crown Country Inn

17th Century historic country inn. Comfortable en-suite rooms, award winning meals from local produce, traditional beers. Ideal location for exploring the Shropshire countryside.

01584 841205

Munslow, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9ET


Beer Buz Mobile Bar

01746 864182


The Wenlock Deli and Cafe

01952 727429

11 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AA



Mrs P's

01952 727618

57 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AE


Wenlock Edge Farm Shop

01743 344464

31 Smithfield Road, Shrewsbury, Shropsshire, SY1 1PW


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

The Modern Olympic Games


The 2012 Olympic Mascot, Wenlock, was created to celebrate the fact that the modern Olympic movement all started in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

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