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Address: St Mary's Street, Dogpole, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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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 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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A gorgoeusly kept old Church

St Mary's was the Civic Church. It's colossal in size and scope. The spire must be 200 feet in height. The Church is made of red sandstone, which seems to glow ion the light; the... read more

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Jo M
Oldham, United Kingdom
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Mary's was the Civic Church. It's colossal in size and scope. The spire must be 200 feet in height. The Church is made of red sandstone, which seems to glow ion the light; the spire is in grey stone. The interior is fastidiously kept. Look at the panelled and gilded ceiling. The only negative is the occasional canned music... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Looked like it had a Norman transcept. It was a nice church, but a bit of a mix in styles. Still, the town has a lot of good building, so worth taking a quick look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On holiday in Shrewsbury we popped into this stunning Church. We were welcomed warmly by one of the Stewards who told us all about the Church. Popped into the Coffee Shop at the back of the Church - recommend the coffee and walnut cake too!

Thank Ruth C
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This medieval church is right in the heart of the town. Its best feature is undoubtedly the "Jesse" stained glass window from 1340 but there are other 16th century windows to admire too. The fabric of the church from the stone pillars the the soaring arches are worth absorbing. Have a good look at the spire as clearly it's fallen... More 

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Washington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

St Mary's church is one of the most beautiful in Shrewsbury. The Jesses window in particular is quite stunning. Lovely helpful people inside to chat to you and give you in depth information. A really lovely church which you must visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We always pop into the churches and cathedrals of any towns and cities we visit. Whilst in Shrewsbury I think we managed 4 / 5 including the Abbey and the Cathedral. St Marys was by far the most memorable and impressive. Added bonus was the photographic WW1 memorials on show at the time we visited (not sure how long they... More 

Thank Rita D
Llandudno, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church has interesting architecture and magnificent stained glass windows. It offers tourists plenty of information and there is always someone willing to help or answer your questions. It is well kept. They have concerts there periodically and the acoustics are good, except when it rains heavily, as it has a metal roof! I recommend a visit. I was pleasantly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the churches in Shrewsbury St Mary's is of particular merit for it's superb roof carvings and stained glass windows collected from other churches. It is also of Saxon foundation.

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Troy, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by on our way to the train station and are so glad we did. For a voluntary donation you get to see a fabulous building, chat with the friendly volunteer staff, maybe buy a cheap used book for your evening, or a small souvenir.we did not have time for lunch. The wooden roof is spectacular - and how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Group of 7 of us called today for lunch ... It was excellent all locally sourced food home made cakes and scones and bread .... The place soon filled up and service was very quick ...the staff i there are really nice and pleasant wil definitely be calling again very very soon

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