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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Woodside Farm

Peacefully situated in its own grounds, with beautiful views of hills & farm animals. Ensuite bedrooms, guests sitting room, log fires, local produce, warm welcome.

Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 7LB

01694 771314

DTS B&B 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Priory Cottage

Attractive south facing 16th century stable wing in a picturesque location near the Priory ruins.  It is grade 2 listed and provides characterful and comfortable accommodation for three or four people.

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HS

01952 727386

Short Breaks are available for £210

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The Priory

Spacious, oak-beamed annex to listed family home, for up to 5 people with two en-suite bedrooms, in a quiet location close to English Heritage site, shops and the countryside. Free wifi.

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HS

01952 728280

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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

Shropshire & the Welsh Borders Brochure 2017 Special Offer

Short breaks available from £72.

PLEASE MENTION 'SHROPSHIRE BROCHURE 2017' WHEN BOOKING


Lower Hill Camp Site

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


Old Quarry Cottage

Charming B&B en-suite rooms in a lovely stone cottage with a superb adjacent Coach House apartment suite. A warm welcome and award winning breakfasts using the best local produce.

Brockton, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6JR

01746 785596

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Court Farm

A truly wonderful base from which to explore Shropshire and the surrounding counties, Court Farm is a listed farmhouse set on a 330 acre working mixed farm in the peaceful and idyllic hamlet of Gretton.

Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 7HU

01694 771219

The AA Farm 4 Star Highly Commended Accommodation Grading

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.

Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9ET

01584 841205

"Classic Room Offer"

An offer to tempt you to a short, but relaxing night away or come and stay for longer. Available until end of November 2016

A La Carte Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Special

  • Treat yourself to a Two course dinner taken from our 2 Rosette A La Carte menu - a starter and main course only. 
  • (Supplements apply to steak dishes)
  • Stay over in one of our comfortable AA 4 star rated rooms
  • Enjoy Full English breakfast cooked fresh for you each morning
  • Now from only £72.50 per person per night based on 2 people sharing (£145 per room Tuesday to Thursday. £155 per room Friday & Saturday evenings. No single occupancy rate.
  • On booking quote – CR1 ALC DBB.

Mid-Week Bed and Breakfast Special

Only £45.00 per person, per night to include Full English breakfast

Tuesday to Thursday only. On booking Quote - CC1 B&B

Based on a double room - no single room occupancy

PLEASE MENTION THIS WEBSITE WHEN BOOKING

PLUS - Dining Out Dates for Your Diary in 2016

Come and dine from our AA Two Rosette menus that are freshly prepared by Richard, a Masterchef of Great Britain.

Steak Nights at The Crown

Make the start of a week something to look forward to! Every Tuesday and Wednesday is Steak Night using locally sourced steaks with traditional garnishes and home cooked wedges or triple cooked chunky chips included.

A La Carte menu also available.

Sunday Lunch

We include a Traditional Sunday Roast on our Sunday Lunch Menu. Two courses from only £20 per person to include complimentary olives, grissinis and homemade dip.

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Bourton Manor

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.

Bourton, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6QE

01746 785377

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Sytche Caravan & Camping Park

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

Off Farley Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NA

01952 726701


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


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


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


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



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


Beer Buz Mobile Bar

01746 864182


The Wenlock Deli and Cafe

01952 727429

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


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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