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Address: St Mary's Street, Dogpole, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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 trip through history

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
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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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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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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 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 5 November 2016

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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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.

Thank Castlelite

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