St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church
4.5
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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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johnhp702
Derby, UK19,618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Stunning stained glass windows in the church and also an exhibition of local stained glass made by local craft people.
Written 27 August 2023
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bee
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 7 August 2023
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tofrek1885
Shrewsbury, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 January 2023
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Rebecca T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 January 2023
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Although no longer being used as a church, St Mary's church should be on the "not to be missed" list of anyone visiting Shrewsbury; if only to have a look at the beautiful stained-glass windows collected in the second half of the nineteenth century by the Reverend William Rowland, then the vicar of St Mary's. Apart from these impressive windows, there are other memorials which should not be missed including one to Admiral John Benbow and the Trinity Chapel, which commemorates Shropshire soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Written 2 November 2022
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It's me, again.
Ilfracombe, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 October 2022
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MaryG47
Lancaster, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Beautiful church and the volunterers were very informative. Fabulous stained glass windows. Reasonably priced cafe too
Written 14 August 2022
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK5,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 December 2021
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sloughrushhour
Burnham, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Whether or not you are a church tourist, I think you will enjoy seeing the spectacular stained glass and hugely impressive space of this medieval church.
Written 25 November 2021
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Louise S
Middlesbrough, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 October 2021
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