Much Wenlock is a delightful little market town situated between Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury about 25 minutes drive from Sutton Court Farm Holiday Cottages. It’s main attraction is Wenlock Priory but the town itself is well worth a visit and one of the finest medieval towns in shropshire with an array of beautiful half timbered buildings along the high street culminating in the town square and the Guildhall.
Much Wenlock’s main claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brooks the founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society which was the inspiration for the Olympic Games. Dr Brookes organised the first Wenlock Olympian games in 1850, his stated aim to to ‘promote the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the Town and neighbourhood of Wenlock’. In 1890 Pierre de Coubertin stayed with Dr Brookes in his house on Wilmore Street and witnessed a staging of the Wenlock Games put on in his honour. He later went on to set up the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic Games. As a tribute to this relationship one of the mascots for the London 2012 games was called Wenlock.
Here are some of Much Wenlock’s attractions.
Wenlock Priory - Wenlock Priory is a fantastically atmospheric ruined Anglo Saxon monastery outside Much Wenlock. It was founded in 680 by King Merewalh of Mercia. It was a ‘dual house’ in that it was a community of both monks and nuns. The Priory’s second abbess was Miburga, daughter of Anglo Saxon royalty who was later made a … Edge Adventures Activities Centre - The Edge Adventures Activities Centre is situated outside Much Wenlock is the home of outdoor adventure in Shropshire. Activities include Segway, Junior Quad Biking trek, Mountain Boarding, Sniper shooting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Jacobs Ladder and Zip wire. They have a 30ft climbing wall with four different climbs for different abilities. There are a range …
Bishops Castle, Shropshire is a delightful and quirky town to the west of the Shropshire Hills. It has something of and alternative feel, with shops such as the Poetry Pharmacy and It’s individually painted townhouses giving it a left field vibe. It makes a great day out – as well as an array of great independent shops, the oldest brewery in the UK in the Three Tuns and the Crooked House Museum it is situated amidst some of the finest scenery in the area including Bury Ditches and The Kerry Ridgeway.
Simpsons Gift Shop Bishops Castle - Simpsons gift shop, Bishops Castle, has a fantastic range of eclectic and quirky items and is the perfect destination for picking up something unusual for the folks back home during your stay in South Shropshire. A good range of books on a variety of subjects but specialising in nature, local interest, regional and traditional culture … Poetry Pharmacy Bishops Castle - The Poetry Pharmacy Bishops Castle is a charming bookshop on the High Street. It’s aim is to provide ‘poetry on prescription’ to counter the stresses of modern life. The beautiful victorian shop has a range of poetry and prose tending toward the highbrow – you’ll be unlikely to find Dan Brown’s latest here. You can … Bury Ditches - Bury Ditches, located a few miles outside Bishops Castle and Clun is an impressive iron age hill fort on a beautiful site managed by the Forestry Commission. The ditches themselves are comprised of four massive earthwork ramparts and you can walk around the perimeter and really get a feel for what it would have been like … Three Tuns, Bishops Castle, Shropshire. - The Three Tuns, Bishops Castle is a legendary pub and brewery that has been in operation since 1642, and is by some reckoning the oldest working brewery in the UK. The pub and restaurant serves ‘modern eclectic cuisine’. Check out the ales brewed on site including Clerics Cure and XXX. Visit the website here.
Craven Arms, Shropshire is situated on the A49 between Ludlow and Church Stretton. While perhaps not the prettiest town in Shropshire (it is up against some stiff opposition) it is worth a visit. As the only town inside the AONB, it is a fantastic place to embark on a walk to some of the many beautiful spots accessible from here, including Wart Hill, Norton Camp, Hopesay Common and the southern end of Wenlock Edge.
There are several interesting attractions in or near the town itself, including the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Stokesay Castle.
Here is our pick of Craven Arms:
Flounders Folly - Built by Benjamin Flounders in 1841 on top of Callow Hill, this 80ft high tower has changed owners several times (at one stage the actor Julie Christie held the deeds) but is now in the safe hands of the Flounders Folly Trust, which restored it and reopened it to the public in 2004. Benjamin Flounders … Stokesay Castle Shropshire - Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, is a fortified manor house is set in a stunning location in the Only river valley between Craven Arms and Ludlow. It is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country. The orinal castle was built by local landowners the De Lacys, but the castle as it stands was the … Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre - The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is possibly the best introduction to the Shropshire Hills AONB. It is a particularly good for kids and can be combined with a visit to Stokesay Castle. Learn about the unique landscape and history of the area in the ‘Shropshire Through Time’ exhibition. They have a replica of what is most …