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Address: St Mary's Street, Dogpole, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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A magnificent building

This is a stunning building, with superb stained glass windows, shrewsbury has some amazing hidden gems. Although it is sad it is not used regularly for worship , I still felt the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a stunning building, with superb stained glass windows, shrewsbury has some amazing hidden gems. Although it is sad it is not used regularly for worship , I still felt the presence of God here. In my opinion having a cafe here is a nice way for people to enjoy the place. I also bought all my charity Christmas... More 

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's sad that this magnificent church is no longer a place of worship. I have just read the review which said "God has left the building" which really shocked me. Let me say "He's back". And as a bonus a superb lunch of soup and sandwiches for a fiver. Not quite feeding the multitude, but for sure worked for us.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some wonderful examples of stained glass windows, including the Jesse Tree window. Also worth looking at the tiles on the floor, and generally looking for the historical content of the church. And then have a coffee in the cafe...

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church demands more time to view and discriminate all the different layers and styles with this church. So much Norman details remain and we loved the Sedilia. I am not sure who is running the Church , but we have this summer visited many Sicilian churches where we were engaged and welcomed by a young knowledgeable person. I can't... More 

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The_CCT, Public Relations Manager at St Mary's Church, responded to this review

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and will hopefully visit again. It is an extraordinary building and one we at The Churches Conservation Trust are privileged to look after. I am sorry to read that you weren't greeted at the door. We have a team of very knowledgeable volunteer stewards and guides who generously give their time... More 

Scarborough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

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... More 

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Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The floor tiles are beautiful and in fantastic condition. The stain glass windows are so beautiful and finding 'Jessie' is fun. The cafe is good. Everyone is welcome.

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

St Mary's Church is one of the delights of Shrewsbury, well worth spending a good hour wandering around the church, both inside and outside. Perhaps one of its wonders is the collection of medieval glass and a quite astonishing Jesse Window above the altar. Church services are only held occasionally so most of the week you can make a visit.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We stopped at St Mary's Church on our way from the Shrewsbury train station to our B&B. What a wonderful surprise of historical beauty with cozy cafe in the old vestry. St Mary's has a Norman, Tudor & Victorian history. The volunteers were quite helpful & willing to tell its interesting story over the centuries. The beautiful stained glass pictured... More 

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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

What an incredible place to spend some time. The building itself is awesome as are the stained glass windows. Well worth a visit. Great cafe at the back and a shop selling lots of things including books.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

St Mary's is beautiful, it's steeped in history and as it is right in the centre of Shrewsbury, you simply have to visit. You won't be disappointed. They also have a varied calendar of events throughout the year, Artisan, Vintage, Antique fairs as well as drama, music and host a very popular charity Christmas card shop. My family and I... More 

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