St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,207 contributions
    A guided live-streamed tour
    I did a guided live-streamed tour of the Old Town with Ian from Heygo. Our walk started at The Parade Shopping Centre which used to house the Royal Salop Infirmary. Ian explained that Shrewsbury is a large market town and the county town of Shropshire, England. The town is situated on the River Severn, 240 km north-west of London. Shrewsbury is only 14 km east of the Welsh border. The town centre has a largely unspoilt medieval street plan which includes many black and white timbered buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries. The town is the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Darwin spent his childhood exploring the area around the River Severn and studying creatures in the Quarry Park. We soon reached St Mary's Church. 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. The church is now the only complete medieval church in Shrewsbury. Ian managed to show us the grand stained glass window inside the church and he explained quite a lot about the architecture of the church. Then we saw a lovely black and white timbered house along St Mary's Place. We turned into Church St and saw the popular pub, The Loggerheads. The Loggerheads is a wonderfully unspoiled, historic pub with an 18th century brick shell which is believed to encase an earlier stone structure from the 1600s. The Loggerheads refers to the three leopard heads found upon Shrewsbury's coat of arms. At St Alkmund's Church, he showed us the iron windows and explained its significance. We also saw the historic Prince Rupert Hotel and The Abbot's House on Butcher Row. Grope Lane is a charming narrow alley. At the picturesque High Street, there are more black and white timbered buildings to admire. At the eastern end of the High Street stood Ireland's Mansion which was built in 1596 for wealthy wool trader Robert Ireland. The Halifax Bank's building is also outstanding. Our tour ended at Old Market Hall.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 27, 2021
  • SevenoaksSinjun
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom1,523 contributions
    Wonderful stained glass windows
    This is a redundant church in the centre of Shrewsbury town which now hosts a café, charity shop and art gallery. The building itself is still very much a church, with an incredibly ornate nave, pulpit etc. but most impressive are the stained glass windows - some have sections dating back to the 14th century, others such as those in the South aisle were recovered from European churches as far away as Cologne. Very interesting and worth a look.
    Visited October 2019
    Written January 9, 2020
  • bee
    London, United Kingdom2 contributions
    The Historic Stained Glass of St Marys Church and the exhibition of Stained Glass August 2023
    There is a Stained Glass Exhibition at present (August 2023) in the church and worth popping into it is on until the end of the month, to celebrate; The Historic Stained Glass, a collection from Medieval Europe. British Glass from the 14th century. An Exhibition of artwork based on Jungian symbols.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom2,275 contributions
    Historical Monument worth preserving
    As the only surviving medieval church building in Shrewsbury, St Mary's delivers a lot of history and architecture. It is apparently famous for its stained glass, but look out for the memorials too. The Norman arches show its age, which goes back to Saxon times. John Benbow, a famous officer in the Royal Navy, was born in the town but, though he died in Jamaica, has a lovely wall memorial with bust and fighting ship carved in marble. Well worth a quick visit when walking around the historic town.
    Visited July 2021
    Written October 9, 2021
  • Rebecca T
    5 contributions
    Wonderful visit
    I visited with my 2 year-old who is a big fan of historical buildings. He was impressed with the height of the building, the windows and spotting the sleeping knight. It was a fairly quick visit for us as we were waiting for someone nearby but I'm aware they had a laminated tour piece that was being handed out to others. The volunteers/staff were very informative and very lovely with my son whilst he gasped and pointed at everything. I thought it was a great idea when the one chap got out the mirror so my son could see the ceiling without having to bend his head back. I will come again when I have more time on my hands. I'm sure my son will be eager to return in the future too. The stained glass windows are some of the best I've seen ( and I've been to the familia sagrada in Barcelona!)
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 17, 2023
  • tofrek1885
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom156 contributions
    A stunning mediaeval church with amazing glass
    A very large, light, bright mediaeval church (over Saxon foundations of 965AD) justly famous for its magnificent (and still under-regarded??) stained glass. Especially of note is the magnificent Jesse Window of c. 1350 and the late mediaeval glass "bought in" in the early C19th from northern Europe. There is also a fine carved ceiling over the nave, dating to c. 1450 and other monuments of note. Absolutely worth a visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 22, 2023
  • lillibet12309
    Preston, United Kingdom786 contributions
    STUNNING WINDOWS
    A local resident happened to mention this church to us and we popped in just before having to catch our train back home. The stained glass windows were utterly breathtaking. Well worth a visit, however short.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 18, 2020
  • It's me, again.
    Ilfracombe, United Kingdom48 contributions
    Family connection....
    I found, through Ancesty.com, that i have a relative who was the Public Preacher at St Mary's from 1582 to 1592. His name was John Tomkys and he can be found on the list of clergymen in the church, although his name is misspelt....Tomkiss. So, I visited the church and it was well worth the visit.
    Visited October 2022
    Written October 13, 2022
  • Louise S
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Visit this wonderful place!
    What a wonderful place. The windows are very interesting and so beautiful. The cafe is lovely. We had tea, coffee, cakes, scones and teacakes; all of which were delicious. The atmosphere of the church is wonderful and the team of volunteers are so friendly and knowledgeable. Special thanks to the gentleman who showed us round and introduced us to the work of Margaret Rope. Will definitely visit again.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2021
  • Matthew P
    London, United Kingdom4,274 contributions
    Old church
    Old churches are living history, this one especially. Lots of history to see as you walk around, you can even get a hot or cold drink as you walk around. The oldest church in Shrewsbury.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 11, 2021
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,275 contributions
Jul 2021
As the only surviving medieval church building in Shrewsbury, St Mary's delivers a lot of history and architecture. It is apparently famous for its stained glass, but look out for the memorials too. The Norman arches show its age, which goes back to Saxon times. John Benbow, a famous officer in the Royal Navy, was born in the town but, though he died in Jamaica, has a lovely wall memorial with bust and fighting ship carved in marble.

Well worth a quick visit when walking around the historic town.
Written October 9, 2021
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Rebecca T
5 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
I visited with my 2 year-old who is a big fan of historical buildings. He was impressed with the height of the building, the windows and spotting the sleeping knight. It was a fairly quick visit for us as we were waiting for someone nearby but I'm aware they had a laminated tour piece that was being handed out to others. The volunteers/staff were very informative and very lovely with my son whilst he gasped and pointed at everything.
I thought it was a great idea when the one chap got out the mirror so my son could see the ceiling without having to bend his head back.
I will come again when I have more time on my hands. I'm sure my son will be eager to return in the future too. The stained glass windows are some of the best I've seen ( and I've been to the familia sagrada in Barcelona!)
Written January 17, 2023
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tofrek1885
Shrewsbury, UK156 contributions
Jan 2023
A very large, light, bright mediaeval church (over Saxon foundations of 965AD) justly famous for its magnificent (and still under-regarded??) stained glass. Especially of note is the magnificent Jesse Window of c. 1350 and the late mediaeval glass "bought in" in the early C19th from northern Europe. There is also a fine carved ceiling over the nave, dating to c. 1450 and other monuments of note.
Absolutely worth a visit.
Written January 22, 2023
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lillibet12309
Preston, UK786 contributions
Jan 2020
A local resident happened to mention this church to us and we popped in just before having to catch our train back home. The stained glass windows were utterly breathtaking. Well worth a visit, however short.
Written January 18, 2020
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It's me, again.
Ilfracombe, UK48 contributions
Oct 2022
I found, through Ancesty.com, that i have a relative who was the Public Preacher at St Mary's from 1582 to 1592. His name was John Tomkys and he can be found on the list of clergymen in the church, although his name is misspelt....Tomkiss. So, I visited the church and it was well worth the visit.
Written October 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Louise S
Middlesbrough, UK35 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
What a wonderful place. The windows are very interesting and so beautiful. The cafe is lovely. We had tea, coffee, cakes, scones and teacakes; all of which were delicious. The atmosphere of the church is wonderful and the team of volunteers are so friendly and knowledgeable. Special thanks to the gentleman who showed us round and introduced us to the work of Margaret Rope. Will definitely visit again.
Written October 30, 2021
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Matthew P
London, UK4,274 contributions
Sep 2021
Old churches are living history, this one especially. Lots of history to see as you walk around, you can even get a hot or cold drink as you walk around. The oldest church in Shrewsbury.
Written September 11, 2021
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david221b
Driffield, UK275 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
In John (the Bible) we have the story of Jesus throwing money changers out of the Temple (the church in His earthly lifetime). Coffee-quite expensive here, also on our visit many charities selling Christmas gifts (cards/calendars etc) at quite a bit above normal prices! There was nothing of the Presence of God in this place and if, like me, you are a Christian, this isn't a place where you need to spend any quality time - again, I cannot believe that this has been used to Worship a wonderful Saviour in recent years!
Written October 29, 2016
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Devon-Elizabeth S
Herndon, VA180 contributions
Jan 2014 • Solo
No longer a working church this impressive building is a must see. It dates back to the Norman conquest and sits over a former Pagan ritual site. It's the church that Darwin attended for school too. I honestly can't say enough about this church. It's in impeccable condition and the stewards on site are friendly and knowledgeable. I spent a good 30 minutes talking with the one gentleman about the history and different experiences he;s had in the church. Really go, you won't regret it.
Written January 24, 2014
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK4,454 contributions
Dec 2021
This is a big church and the inside is stunning.There is so much to see. Don't forget to look up at the carved wood ceiling in the nave. It is amazing. The east window is glorious too.

The cafe had what looked like a very good selection of homemade cakes too!

This ought to be on everyone's tick list! It is definitely worth visiting.
Written December 13, 2021
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