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“Nice food shame about the service”
Review of St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church
Ranked #8 of 83 things to do in Shrewsbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The sandwich was quite good, but the ladies who are serving need to buck up their act. No welcome, no hello, slow to deliver drinks (and food) and they ran out of brown bread. A lot of time spent whispering to each other which created a rather tense atmosphere. Granted they are working in pretty cramped circumstances, but a bit of cheeriness wouldn't go amiss. This was our second visit and it was the same on both occasions. We might try it again in a few months.

Thank 682annek
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Lovely stained glass windows and as with all the churches in Shrewsbury, you are welcome to have a look around.

Thank Collette S
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

A patchwork of different styles, stone, and glass makes a very pleasing whole. The stained glass was purchased from around the world, except the rightly famous 14th century Jesse window, which had been in Shrewsbury all along. Well worth a guided tour to get the most out of the place.

Thank myjlcr
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Amazing collection of glass and a sense of peace. Taken round by a volunteer who knew the history of this ancient church so well.

Thank Lizziefrankland
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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

A real surprise. Very interesting church, lovely glass and organ. Helpful volunteers. Would visit St Marys again.

Thank blacklion5
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