The town that inspired the modern Olympic Games
You have arrived at a very unique and special place! The Shropshire town of Much Wenlock is a quintessentially English town, off the beaten track, but well worth the visit.
Much Wenlock is a stunningly beautiful medieval town and played a major part in the 19th century revival of the Olympic Games. It is the home town of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. In recognition of our sporting heritage, the 2012 London Olympic Games named one of their mascots Wenlock.
Dr Brookes instigated the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850 and they still take place here every July. You can learn more about them by visiting our wonderful free Museum and taking a stroll around the Wenlock Olympian Trail.
Today, with a population of around 3,000 people, Much Wenlock feels much more like a village than a town. Try sitting on a bench in the Town Square and it won’t be long before the person sitting next to you is willing to talk of the old times and be just as interested in you as you are in the town.
Stroll around the town centre and it may seem you have stepped back fifty or more years. You won’t find any ‘big names’, but you will find a great selection of traditional shops, all offering good old-fashioned personal service. Much Wenlock is a place where folk still have time for you.
Much Wenlock has been a market town for over 700 years and has a history that stretches back much further. Our architecture is a varied as our history: On the streets you will see examples of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian. A short stroll from the town centre are the dramatic ruins of Wenlock Priory (English Heritage), laid upon the site of St. Milburga’s Abbey at around 680 AD.
Our beautiful ancient Guildhall is open to the public in the summer months.
And there is an amazing selection of Visitor Attractions to enjoy throughout Shropshire and within easy reach of the town.
There are lots of walks both in the town and in the surrounding beautiful Shropshire countryside, including the magnificent Wenlock Edge escarpment.
Please explore and enjoy this website… then travel here for a real visit, we know you’ll want to come back!
Much Wenlock Museum and Visitor Information Centre
Tel: 01952 727679
Website: Much Wenlock Museum & VIC.
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