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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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Beautiful stained glass!

The church had a lovely atmosphere & very helpful (though not intrusive!) staff to expand information. The stained glass windows were exceptional - various ages & countries of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Leigh, Lancashire
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Leigh, Lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church had a lovely atmosphere & very helpful (though not intrusive!) staff to expand information. The stained glass windows were exceptional - various ages & countries of origin.

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Panjim, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St. Mary's is a stunning and exceptional building well worth taking the time to see properly. While the stain glass is wonderful in terms of its colour, variety and size, it's always been the Binns three manual organ, high up in a gallery transept, which has been the defining feature for me. Alas, St. Mary's is no longer an active... More 

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warwick
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This church was a complete surprise to us.It was almost like a museum. The stained glass was truly exceptional, and there was a splendid painted altar by Margaret Rope, who is mainly a stained glass artist. Wonderful! No postcards with it on though, pity.

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Presteigne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Decided to come here for lunch having read good reviews of the cafe (which was great!) but I was not prepared for the glories of the building itself. Superb ancient stained glass, a wonderful carved roof and many interesting monuments. The information boards around the church are very useful and interesting, getting the visitor to spot things they might otherwise... More 

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Reggio Calabria, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A good place to go and vist, interesting and a nice little caffé into the bargain. Beautiful stained glass windows and inspiring architecture, Very welcoming and well-informed stewards

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Llandrinio, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is truly a lovely old church. Some of the windows are really wonderful. Even if you are not religious it is still wonderful. It also has a small cafe which has great limited food. A nice place for a good cup of coffee and a sandwich or some soup or a jacket potato. It also has some nice stalls... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Being local I love visiting this beautiful church in the centre of Shrewsbury and taking in the cafe - this time with hubby for lunch. St. Marys dates from Saxon times & features stained glass windows spanning 6 centuries. The showman Robert Cadman slid from the spire in 1739 landing head first & his obituary is outside the West Door!... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Splendidly crowning this ancient town, and much used and loved by locals and tourists alike, St Mary's long and colourful history makes many cathedrals seem drab.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 24 November 2016 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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