"Much to see" Much Wenlock by Andrew_W_K

Much Wenlock Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 54 photos

Wenlock Priory

Much Wenlock is a very small town but also a very interesting one and if you get the chance to visit you should do, maybe in conjunction with a visit to nearby Ironbridge.
One of Much Wenlock's attractions is the priory or rather the ruins of the priory. The priory ruins of today date from Norman times in the twelth century but there was a Saxon monastery here from the 7th century.
The monastery was run by Cluniac monks and sadly went the way of many religious buildings during and after the reformation.
Note the ornate hedge trimming in the photo.

Olympian Trail

This tiny Shropshire town is responsible for reviving the Olympic games thanks to the efforts of local born Dr William Penny-Brooks. In 1850 the first Olympic games were held in the town. Originally intended to promote good health the games weren't just a test of physical strength and speed but had categories for things like sewing and photography. They proved such a success that in 1896 the first international Olympics were held and the rest as they say is history.
There is a marked Olympian Trail that begins and ends at the museum and winds its way through the town for 2,100 meters.
The museum has many exhibits from the original games including trophies and medals.

Benthall Hall

4 miles east of Much Wenlock just before you come to the town of Broseley is the 16th century house and gardens at Benthall. The house is run by the National Trust but is not expensive to visit. The interior has carved oak stairwell and oak panelling and a decorated plaster cieling.

  • Last visit to Much Wenlock: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 3, 2009
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    This is a new place for me. Looks worth a visit.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    A fascinating piece of little known history.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 4:46 AM

    That's a small, but very special place to visit! Thanks for your introduction....

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    I visited and stayed a night here a few yrs back and enjoyed the town and sights around the area - the court house in town is excellent - also the drive along Wenlock Edge - nice to see yr pg here thanks.

  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Had no idea about MW's Olympic connections despite going through the town most years en route for Dolgellau. We like to have picnics on Wenlock edge but the Priory is interesting. Thanks, Mike

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 5:04 AM

    Andrew - Your local tips about little known places and history are fascinating and really make me want to go and visit.Thanks for sharing.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    well - that is interesting


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