Shrewsbury Cathedral

Shrewsbury Cathedral

Shrewsbury Cathedral
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help Of Christians & Saint Peter of Alcantara. Diocese Of Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Cathedral is set in the heart of Shrewsbury, along the historic Town Walls. Opening in 1856, it was built by A. Pugin and Son. The Cathedral boasts wonderful stained-glass windows by renowned artist Margret Rope; as well as stunning gothic architecture. Mass is held at the Cathedral daily: Sunday - 8.30am, 11am & 6pm Mon - Sat - 12.15pm Confessions take place an hour before Mass. The Orchard Café sits within the Cathedral grounds and is open Wednesday - Sunday 10-3pm; offering a delectable range of home-made food by our resident chef. Fair-trade drinks, Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-free choices are available. Please visit: www.shrewsburycathedral.co.uk for more information.
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huw j
Pontypridd, UK658 contributions
Jun 2021
Hundreds of years old, well worn i guess you'd say it was. Huge stained glass window withe history of kings & saints therein, beautifully colourful. Lots of old tombs dating back a few hundred years too. Cool & perhaps a little creepy b ut in a nice calm way.
Written June 14, 2021
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Meg B
Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom31 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
This is the smallest Cathedral in England, Roman Catholic with the most beautiful stained glass windows. The atmosphere is welcoming and contemplative. Well worth a visit.
Written December 16, 2015
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PattyGRMac
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK551 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
The Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Peter of Alcantara, is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Shrewsbury and seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury. Located by the town walls, it was begun in 1853, only 24 years after the Catholic Emancipation Act which finally ended the state persecution of Catholics. John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, chose Augustus Pugin as its architect. Pugin, a convert to Catholicism was responsible for designing the lavish interiors of the Houses of Parliament and was a great exponent of the Gothic style. However, the demise of both the the Earl of Shrewsbury and Augustus Pugin in 1852, before the project could be realized, saw Pugin's eldest son, Edward, step up to the mark and complete the task by 1856. The Cathedral contains seven Arts and Crafts stained glass windows by Margaret Rope, a Shrewsbury artist born in 1882 who later became a Carmelite nun. One of the two side chapels is dedicated to St. Winefride, one of the patron saints of Shrewsbury,, and was designed by a pupil of Edward Pugin, Edmund Kirby. The Cathedral is full of light and colour and we were made to feel most welcome by the two helpful volunteer guides. Entry is free and photography actively encouraged! Definitely a tranquil and worthwhile place to visit.
Written September 15, 2014
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK3,020 contributions
Dec 2021
This is the Roman Catholic Cathedral and dates from the C19th. It was originally commissioned by John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, the intended architect being Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. However, both men died before the work began The succeeding nephew, the 17th Earl, Bertram Talbot, offered to fund the building of the cathedral and the design work was taken over by Edward Pugin, the son of Augustus.

The building was originally interded to have a spire,but a layer of sand was discovered very close to the building's foundations, resulting in weaker foundations. The spire had to be abandoned.

The building does look a bit insignificant from the road - possibly more like a non conformist chapel than a cathedral.

It is reached up a double flight of stairs with blue painted railing.

Unfortunately there was a wedding in progress, so I could only watch from the back. In many ways, the building is the usual neogothic building, typical of the many churches that were rebuilt in the C19th.

Although the website indicated the church is open 10-4 on Saturdays, the railing gates were foirmly locked when I went past at 3pm.

This is worth going in if open whern passing, but not worth making a special visit.
Written December 13, 2021
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John S
Colchester, UK210 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We walked across the town mid morning on a Friday to be faced with all entrances well and truly locked. Not inviting.
Written April 22, 2015
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David W
Leicester, UK10 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
I'd like to say what a beautiful cathedral it was but sadly I only saw it from the outside. Although I visited within the stated opening times it was locked up with grills across the doors. Never mind, plenty more to see in the area :)
Written April 10, 2015
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Warby
Bicester, UK3,266 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Visited this small cathedral during a public holiday service and was a nice atmosphere. The church windows and exterior are excellent. Spoilt by a large metal plate at the front that disguises some form of elevator
Written May 9, 2018
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Jenny186368
Shrewsbury, UK13 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
The cathedral is definitely worth a visit if you come to Shrewsbury. It is a lovely historic building, with stunning features and a very interesting history, particularly if you like Brother Cadefael stories!
Written April 23, 2018
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Graham John W
Aberystwyth, UK95 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Attractive building but not much to see, in and out in 10 minutes.However entry is free and you are given a guide pamphlet on entry.
Written April 12, 2018
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Veronica B
Weston super Mare, UK209 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
We enjoyed visiting this cathedral and talking to the two staff/volunteers on duty. Our husbands got stuck in the lift enroute, but did manage to extricate themselves in the end! The stained glass windows alone were well worth our visit.
Written October 28, 2017
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Shrewsbury Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM


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