Our guide to Much Wenlock

Nestled in the heart of Shropshire, this quintessentially English town was the inspiration for the modern Olympics. Today, it's the perfect place to escape the fast pace of modern life. Check out our guide to Much Wenlock...

Our guide to Much Wenlock

Culture Vultures

The Edge Arts Centre has played host to some of the biggest and best comedians in the country.

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The Edge Arts Centre

Alan Carr, Lee Evans and Jon Richardson have all performed there to packed out audiences.

It also attracts some of the finest folk acts in the country, Seth Lakeman, Whalebone and The Unthanks.

Attached to Williams Brookes School, The Edge is arguably one of the smallest venues in the West Midlands. The intimate setting allows for a performer to really get to know their audiences and it seems the big names just can’t keep away!

Check out our calendar for full what's on listings

Olympic Obsessive’s

It's no coincidence the Olympic mascot for London 2012 was named Wenlock...

Much Wenlock is the home of the modern Olympics - we're not joking!

In 1850 local surgeon William Penny-Brookes, who introduced physical education into British schools, inspired the fore-runner of the modern Olympic Games when he set about 'to promote the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the Town and neighborhood of Wenlock'. The concept evolved across the world and ultimately resulted in the first International Olympic Games in 1896 but the towns local version still take place every July. The Olympic Trail in the town is a must for Olympic enthusiasts.  You can delve deeper into this remarkable story and go past places which are special to both the Wenlock Olympian Games and Dr William Penny Brookes.

Beautiful Countryside

For a fantastic view of the famous Shropshire landscape look no further.

Above the town rises the breath-taking Wenlock Edge which provides some of the best views of the county. This 15 mile limestone cliff was created around 400 million years ago.

It’s a truly amazing place to go for a stroll or a bike ride but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for fossils and ancient quarries. The Edge is packed with historical pieces just waiting to be found.

History Lovers

Find out about pre-historic fossils and the arrival of the Romans in this stunningly beautiful medieval town.

In the centre of the town is the Much Wenlock Museum, which houses everything you need to know about the town and the surrounding area. You can learn where to find pre-historic fossils and find out about the social history of the town from the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century through to the Victorians. And of course how the town inspired the birth of the modern Olympic Games. Best of all, entry is completely free. 

The remains of a mysterious stone tower lie on the outskirts of the town.

Windmill Hill has a history which has has not only intrigued the locals but historians too as it is not entirely clear. There’s been various suggestions as to when the tower was built and by whom but the facts still remain unclear. One thing which is clear is that It was on this hill that spectators would sit to watch the early Wenlock Olympian Games.

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An aerial view of the town

Our favourites

Fabulous Food: The Fox is an impressive white-walled building at the end of The High Street in historic Much Wenlock. Using locally sourced produce, all food at The Fox is cooked to order.

See also: Food Review: The Fox Inn, Much Wenlock

Brilliant Books: Much More Books on the High Street is a bookworms dream. It’s home to over 50,000 second hand, rare, antique and out of print books. It may look small on the outside, but don’t be fooled – Much More Books is actually the biggest bookseller in the county.

Wonderful Walks: Much Wenlock has become so renowned for its fabulous walks, it’s recently been awarded ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status. The town is packed full of quintessentially English streets and surrounded by beautiful countryside – you could walk for hours.

Perfect Pint: The Talbot Inn on the high street has served the people of Much Wenlock since 1360 - that's a lot of pints! Offering local real ales, extensive wines, bar snacks, pub meals and a full restaurant menu, The Talbot Inn is the perfect place to relax.

 

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