Shropshire - Much Wenlock - Birthplace of the Modern Olympics

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Much Wenlock - Birthplace of the Modern Olympics

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(34 reviews)
Much Wenlock, Town Centre, Shropshire, United Kingdom
50 mins

About the tour

This summer is the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But did you know the modern Olympic movement has its roots right here in Shropshire? On this tour we explore the lovely historic town of Much Wenlock, where a local doctor founded his "Olympian Games" in the 19th Century. Frenchman Pierre De Coubertin was a fascinated visitor and was inspired to establish the modern-day international Olympic Games. We will visit places associated with the games and see some of the beautiful historic buildings of the town, including the 16th Century Guildhall and council chamber, the peaceful churchyard of Holy Trinity and ruins of the medieval Priory. No record breaking times, just a stroll through history in the heart of rural Shropshire!

Meet Ian


Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Ian, a professionally qualified guide. I hold the Blue Badge, which is the UK’s highest tour guiding qualification and have many years’ experience guiding in both English and German. My passion is sharing places and stories with people from around the world, and helping them discover more about this country and particularly the Midlands, where I have lived for almost all my life. I have a friendly and informal style and always aim to bring history to life with anecdotes about people and events rather than just dry facts. I love the sense of community with Heygo and enjoy seeing the same people joining multiple tours. On all of my tours you can expect information, humour and friendly conversation. I want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience as you take a walk with your new friend in England. Wherever in the world you are from, I look forward to giving you the warmest of British welcomes.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Shropshire with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Shropshire. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Deborah (Perth, WA) A.

28 July 2021

Loved seeing all the points of interest and I learned some very interesting facts. Ian is very knowledgeable and has a great way of sharing his information.

Nina (Toronto) B.

27 July 2021

Great tour!

Jonna (Oulu, Finland) J.

26 July 2021

A really interesting tour and what a beautiful town! An amazing guide as Ian always is.

🐈‍⬛ Carol 🐈‍⬛🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ..

26 July 2021

A very interesting tour with so many lovely views

Cynthia B.

26 July 2021

Another highly-recommended tour in a picturesque town in England. Ian is the best possible guide; extremely knowledgeable, humble, charming.

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