Based in Leeds, but exploring Berlin for the next two months.
Published December 26th 2012
Wrap up warm and be astounded by this historical beauty
It's hard not to be overwhelmed by the sheer, imposing beauty of Wenlock Priory, by far one of the most beautiful historical sites in the Midlands. Founded in the 1100's, on the site of an Anglo-Saxon abbey, Wenlock Priory still retains much of the fine, Norman architecture today. A visit here is an ideal activity for weekends and school holidays.
Following the dissolution in the 1540's by Henry VIII, much of the Abbey was left abandoned. Nowadays, despite being a shell of its original self, the majesty and beauty of the building is still incredible, and imagining how it must have looked in its glory days always fills me with awe. The site itself has a spooky and solemn aura, one that only a ruin once so full of life and activity could possess.
For those fascinated by history, the priory is a great legacy of England's cultural, political and religious upheaval throughout the years. For photographers, the ruin offers and incredible opportunity to catch some beautiful shots.
The grounds are also full of topiary, which gives more life to the ruins, and if you look closely, little quirks like a door leading to nowhere, or some centuries-old graffiti, become visible. The endless possibilities for exploration and play mean that children will be far from bored, and the element of history and architecture will appeal to students and adults.