Much Wenlock – a 2023 guide for visiting this medieval town which inspired the modern Olympic Games


Much Wenlock might be small, but there is some amazing history attached to this town. We've already published a guide about Ironbridge which is often the main location that people come to visit in this area, but we wanted to shine a light on Much Wenlock too as there is plenty to see and do here. Let's get into the guide:

What is there to do during your time in Much Wenlock?

Much Wenlock is a great place to visit, here are some of our favourite things for you to check out:

Much Wenlock Priory

It might just be ruins that remain of Wenlock Priory, but this is a beautiful area to visit - the ruins themselves still retain much of the intricate design of the original building, and the backdrop is stunning. Originally built in the 12th century as a monastery, part of the building was eventually turned into a house but most of the area is now owned English Heritage and can be explored by the public. The topiary garden in the ground is the cherry on top of this visit, learn more and book your visit here -


The Guildhall

This Grade II listed building on Wilmore Street is well worth a visit - originally built as a meeting place for civic leaders in the 16th century, the building is still used as the meeting place of the local town council but is also open to visitors. The most interesting parts of the building include the stocks and the whipping post, which are both on the ground floor. The Jacobean style design is beautiful and makes for a great visit, learn more here -


Wenlock Edge

This is a narrow limestone escarpment which runs from Craven Arms to Ironbridge, which is worth walking along for the stunning views across north Shropshire & towards the Wrekin. It's 18 miles long so to explore the full length is a full day out, but if you have the time and the appetite for the views it is well worth the effort. 8 miles of the stretch is owned by The National Trust, much of this stretch includes wooded area as well as former quarries and lime kilns. Learn more here -


Shipton Hall

This large Grade I listed building is actually based 7 miles south-west of Much Wenlock, but if you enjoy visiting country houses then this is an absolute must-visit. This Elizabethan country house is packed with interesting artefacts including lots of pottery, and what is particularly fascinating about the house is that despite the grandeur, it still retains the intimate feel of a family home - this may well be because it is still used as a family home, and you can even get a tour from the owners. The house is special but the walled gardens are really special. Walk around and enjoy stunning views across the Shropshire countryside with long views over Corve Dale, and make sure to visit the dovecote. Plan your visit and learn more here -


Holy Trinity Church

Although not as popular as the priory, we still feel that Holy Trinity Church in Much Wenlock is well worth a visit. And to be honest, if you're looking for a quiet walk around a beautiful building with stained glass windows, Holy Trinity Church is the place to head to. A church has been on this site since the 7th century, but the current building has been around since the late 12th century. The church green is beautiful and you'll also see some timber-framed cottages near the church which are very impressive. It is free to visit and is open every day during daylight hours, learn more here -


If you enjoyed this guide, check out our other guides about places in Shropshire such as Shrewsbury. We also have guides about other areas in the UK including the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Teesdale, and The Cotswolds. And of course, if you're heading to Much Wenlock then you might as well check out Ironbridge too as there is plenty to see there also.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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