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Much Wenlock Priory

Wenlock Priory, with it's stunning clipped topiary, has a pastoral setting on the edge of lovely Much Wenlock.

Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Opening times

Open weekends: 10am to 4pm.


Sheinton Street
Much Wenlock
TF13 6HS

The spectacular ruins of Wenlock Priory are the remains of a 12th century church that belonged to the Cluniac monastry, refounded in 1079 and 1082, on the site of an earlier 7th century foundation, by Roger de Montgomery. It is thought to be the final resting place of St Milburga, whose bones were discovered during restoration work in 1101. 

Merewalh, King of the Magonsaete founded the original Anglo-Saxon monastry here in AD680 and Merewalh's daughter quickly became its abbess. She was later canonised. 

After her death in AD727 little is historically known of the monastry until the Norman Conquest. 

The priory at Much Wenlock wasn't inhabited by monks until after the Norman conquest. Following the reformation of the monastry, in the early fourteenth century, the priory church was lavishly and completely rebuilt. 

Considerable remains are left of the 350ft long church, including the north and south trancept and the naive. Following the dissolution in 1540, several buildings, including the late 15th century Priors House were converted into a private residence and so are not accessible. It remains inhabited to this day, however the fine architecture can still be seen and incorporates Norman and 15th century work. This gives us a clue of how grand the original priory church would have been. 

Today, Wenlock Priory is the perfect place to sit on a warm, mid summers day and relax. The delightful grounds has a well groomed collection of topiary.

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • English Heritage

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