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St Mary's Church

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Address: St Mary's Street, Dogpole, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500...

The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. In 1739, showman Robert Cadman attempted to slide from it, head first, using a rope and a grooved breastplate. His engraved obituary stands outside the west door. The church is now the only complete Medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the world-famous 14th-century 'Jesse window' filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. The Café at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, run by the Battlefield 1403 farm shop and deli, is now open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.

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Town centre cafe

Great little cafe right next to shops, bus stop on the tourist trail.Good selection of cake (home made) light lunches .Good Quality ingredients .Inside St Mary's Church(not used... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great little cafe right next to shops, bus stop on the tourist trail.Good selection of cake (home made) light lunches .Good Quality ingredients .Inside St Mary's Church(not used as a church these days)

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always start our visit to Shrewsbury by walking from the station to this excellent attraction for a coffee and cake. The cafe is small but perfectly formed with good coffee and food. This is the fourth, or fifth, time we have visited. The church interior is fascinating.

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Thank Terry P
Shrews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this little coffee shop, so quaint, the ladies behind the counter were so friendly, the coffee and scones were delightful. An added bonus is you are able to look around the old church.

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Thank Jenny W
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A restful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle to replenish your energy by enjoying good food at a sensible price delivered by friendly staff.

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Thank DBandMB
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

The Church was a real surprise . We went in because we saw a coffee sign. The cafe is great,serving a variety of fresh food and lovely coffee. The stain glass is beautiful There's information throughout the church to read or you can do a tour Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank cheryl m
Pontesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Stunning interior, helpful volunteer guides, last visit was to purchase charity Christmas cards, visited the caf'e on previous occasions, unfortunately last visit to caf'e there was a hair between two slices of ham which rather spoilt my lunch , the food was good minus the hair!did bring this to the attention of the staff when we paid the bill was... More 

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Thank Beryl H
Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We were lucky enough to visit this church whilst rehearsals were taking place with an orchestra and choir. The sound created was beautiful. We loved the magnificent Jesse window. The cafe is warm and inviting. So glad we had the opportunity to discover this wonderful church.

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Thank jclovestoholiday
North Wales, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Beautiful place of worship with a very busy cafe which tended to ruin the atmosphere. Volunteers were a little surly which was off putting. There was an enormous sale of Christmas cards for all kinds of charities at the back of the church. Pretty features and an interesting history, worth popping in for a look. Amazing Jesse window. Have a... More 

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Newbridge on Wye
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

what was such a joy was my 3 children absolutely loved it and the staff were lovely and let them walk and discover and told them stories and light candles, we will always go back when we visit the town

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Thank BlueEmmaMac
United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

It's not functioning as a church right now, but it's working hard to show off some truly magnificent stained glass windows from across the ages, as well as inviting visitors to enjoy a lovely old church. There's an excellent little cafe inside too, and a spot where you can see & admire (and even buy) work from the Shropshire Art... More 

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