Much Wenlock

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Place Category: Shropshire Attractions and Activites and Shropshire Towns

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    A quintessentially English town, off the beaten track and the birthplace of William Penny Brookes,the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement.

    Do you want to remember or experience for the first time what England was like 50 years ago?

    Then travel to the beautiful Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, sit on a bench in the Square by the Jubilee clock and watch life go by.

    It won’t be long before the person sitting next to you is willing to talk of the old times and will be just as interested in you as you are in the town.

    We do have a variety of shops that will cater to the young, the old, collectors, readers, gardeners and anyone who just loves to poke around.

    The town history is so varied so where do you start? In the museum you can go as far back as 430 million years, to the time when we were underwater as part of a coral reef.

    In more recent times you can learn how the town helped give birth to the modern Olympic games.

    In fact “Wenlock Olympian Games”, organised by the Wenlock Olympian Society, have been held in the town almost every year since 1850! Learn more about the town’s Olympic connection at

    Our architecture is constructed from locally quarried limestone, bricks, timber frame and cruck construction. Some is Medieval, Georgian, Victorian.

    Places to visit include the dramatic remains of Wenlock Priory that are laid upon the site of St. Milburga’s Abbey dating from around AD 680. There are holy wells, shuts, cobbles, whipping posts, stocks and all sorts of Olympic artifacts to be found.

    There are lots of walks both in the town and in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, including the magnificent Wenlock Edge escarpment.

    Come for a visit, we know you’ll want to come back!

    Much more information can be found on our Much Wenlock web site at


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    Tourist Information Centre

    The Visitor Information Centre
    The Museum
    High Street
    Much Wenlock
    TF13 6HR
    Tel: 01952 727679

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