Wenlock Priory

Things To See and Do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    All the interior spaces of Wenlock Priory will be closed until 2 December, this includes:

    • Shop

     We hope to resume our normal winter opening from 2 December, with social distancing measures in place. 

     

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Chapter House

Discover the Norman chapter house, built around 1140 as the "business" centre of the monastery, where the monks and the prior met each morning to discuss affairs, and administer punishments for disobedience.

Today, you can still see much of its elaborate stone carving, with interlocking round arches on multiple carved columns, and don't miss the grotesque head, humorously carved in the lintel of the doorway.

Cloister Garden

Take time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the topiary-filled cloister garden, which is set against the backdrop of the complete infirmary wing, converted into a mansion after the priory's dissolution and still a private residence today.

Make sure you see the most unusual octagonal lavabo, the huge water vessel built around 1220 and used by monks to wash their hands before eating in the nearby refectory. Embellished with 12th-century carvings, depicting Christ and the apostles, free-standing lavabos of this kind are rarely seen in the United Kingdom.

Medieval Tiles

Visit the priory's library and discover the locally-made medieval floor tiles, which have been re-laid to give an impression of what they would have originally looked like.

Notice the difference in the three doorways of the library, the central archway was the original entrance; the other two were added after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the priory was used as a farm.

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