More than just a bookshop
Welcome to Wenlock Books – at the heart of the creative and literary community of Much Wenlock, Shropshire and the creator of the nationally acclaimed Wenlock Poetry Festival.
Celebrating over thirty years in Much Wenlock, we are passionate about books and will give you all the help you need to find the right ones for you, whether they are new editions or pre-loved gems. We also stock a wide range of children’s books as well as various bits and bobs to feed your literary and creative souls.
I could say more about Wenlock Books, but I think the video below, and the articles, sum up perfectly what a magical place it is for me, for our customers and for our community.
I hope you enjoy browsing our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Introducing Wenlock Books
with owner Anna Dreda
What people have said
I love this photo of the bookshop, taken by Tish Farrell. The scooter leaning up against the front window tells me that either Evie or Scarlett is inside, eagerly browsing the children’s section, or perhaps calling in for StoryTime.
Here is Tish’s essay about Wenlock Books. Many years ago, we had a lovely visit from Sarah Crown who was writing for the Guardian Books section at that time. Some things might have changed (I don’t quite manage the daily afternoon tea any more) but Sarah’s article still captures the magic of the bookshop.
And lastly, for now, we loved hosting those super folk from Slightly Foxed a few years ago and were thrilled when they chose us as their Bookshop of the Month. Stephanie’s interview was a joy to do!
The latest books, carefully curated
Books to last a lifetimeOne of the benefits of being a small, independent bookshop is that our stock is carefully curated. Every book is here for a reason and has been chosen by us based not on hype, but on word-of-mouth, critical reviews, the tests of time and our own reading.
Secondhand BooksUpstairs in our extensive second hand books department, you can browse for hours in tranquility, surrounded by ancient oak beams and with lots of snug corners to lose yourself in.
Children's BooksOur children’s corner is lively, welcoming and full of the best children’s books to encourage a lifelong love of reading. For our youngest visitors, we have a box of toys and books to play with while their grown ups browse the shelves.
10.30am – 11.30am
Slow Reading Group
9am – 10am
2.30pm – 4pm
Knitting and Poetry
11am – 12pm
Much Wenlock – well worth a visit
If you are too far away just to pop in, why not make a day, a weekend or even a week of it?
Much Wenlock may be small, but it punches above its weight with the number of things on offer to visitors. Not only are we in great walking country, but the area is steeped in history, from our own Wenlock Priory to the World Heritage Site at Ironbridge just down the road.
And, of course, there are lots of independent shops and eateries in the town, including our friends at Much More Books who specialise in secondhand books and vinyl, the Twenty Twenty contemporary art gallery, Mrs P’s traditional sweet shop, Ippikin’s fabulous yarn shop, Paddy Ryan’s award-winning butchers and the Wenlock Deli to name but a few. We even have an ecclesiastical outfitters, should you require a new cassock.
For more information to help you plan your trip, we recommend you visit the Much Wenlock Visitors Guide website.
Helping you find the perfect book
12 High Street
Shropshire TF13 6AA
Open 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday