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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

The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over...

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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This place is just beautiful!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Newbridge on Wye
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North Wales, UK
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66 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank BlueEmmaMac
United Kingdom
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31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank pinkhousepeter
Oswestry, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the heart of the town and now in the hands of The Churches' Conservation Trust, this is a major historic building with many fine furnishings and superb early glass, imported, amazingly, into the building late in its history. A must on any visit to the town.

1 Thank Alan F
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite buildings in Shrewsbury. It boasts some amazing stained glass - some hundreds of years old from around the world. Its full of history and has been a place of worship (not in its current form) for close on 1000 years. Its a fantastic place to see the changes in architecture over the centuries. Absolutely... More 

1 Thank Antony B
London, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a really beautiful and vibrant space. There is so much to see-a museum full of stained glass, interesting tombs, decorative floor tiles and at the moment a very moving art instalation commemorating those who fell in WW1. The cafe with food supplied by Battlefield 1403 was very busy, but the service was quick and the food was excellent,... More 

Thank KAW687
Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The inside of the church is very attractive, plenty to see, I took lots of photos inside the church because I am researching my family. There is a small coffee shop where you get can get a decent coffee.

Thank minack_7
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A beautiful church with the highest spire in Shrewsbury. Although it is no longer regularly used for services, it continues to offer a sacred space for visitors to enjoy. The glorious East window dominates the interior, especially fine when the sun shines through it. There are often interesting exhibitions and displays inside, sometimes to do with its relationship with the... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Shrewsbury is a town of old churches, and this is the pick of them in my opinion. Dominated by the spectacular East Window, the church is full of interesting artefacts and furnishing.

Thank PeterLanky
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This is a stunning church, with much history. It is centrally located. It is worth a visit to the inside is required.

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