Home of the Wenlock Olympian Games
Stay in the Shropshire Hills and visit Much Wenlock, birthplace of Dr. Williams Penny Brookes. Dr Brookes was the inspiration for the modern Olympic Games and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. The town even had the 2012 Olympic mascot named after it (no prizes for guessing which one!) The Wenlock Olympic Games take place to this day, every July, and you can take a stroll around the Wenlock Olympian Trail any time of year. Visit Much Wenlock Museum (free to enter) and learn about the town’s history and sporting heritage.
Much Wenlock has a selection of traditional shops and places to eat and drink; many shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs are to be found in Medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings. So stop for lunch or afternoon tea and admire the scenery. Or buy some produce from Ryan’s butchers – you will find it on the High Street with a queue coming onto the pavement for the superb meat and cooked produce. Worth a slight diversion.
The ruins of Wenlock Priory are a short walk from Much Wenlock town centre. Listen to the English Heritage audio tour and step back in time to learn about this medieval abbey. Parts of the great 13th century church (the largest in England) still remain and you can’t miss the extravagantly decorated Norman chapter house. There are plenty of walks in Much Wenlock and in the surrounding Shropshire countryside, including Wenlock Edge. You won’t be short of things to do in Much Wenlock.
Much Wenlock Visitor Information
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