Magna is latin meaning "great". Therefore the translation of Upton Magna is "Great Upton".
Upton Magna is also notable for containing the oldest still standing cottage in Europe - Cruck Cottage - which is a thatch-roofed, timber framed cottage located near the church. Tests on the timber in the cottage showed it to come from 1269.
The nearest town to Upton Magna is Shrewsbury, just 2.4 miles west. Key features of the village include a primary school, a Church of England parish church (dedicated to St Lucia), a village hall, a pub ("The Haughmond", formerly the Corbet Arms), a post office, and a small business park.
Upton Magna is situated on the National Cycle Route 81 between Wellington and Shrewsbury.
Upton Magna is identifiably the "Upton-under-Amon" where John Plimmer (1812-1905) was reportedly born, "Amon" being Haughmond Hill. He later emigrated to New Zealand where he became known as "The father of Wellington". He was registered baptised, with corresponding parental names Isaac and Mary, on 19 July 1812 at the parish church.