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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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We called around on the sunday but it was closed, we tried again on the Monday and were greeted by a friendly and helpful guide who gave us some background information on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We called around on the sunday but it was closed, we tried again on the Monday and were greeted by a friendly and helpful guide who gave us some background information on the church and its historic Windows. In fact she was more helpful than the local tourist information office! I can also add that the small cafe did a... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This church boasts a fine collection of mediaeval English and European stained glass assembled by a nineteenth century vicar.

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Pickering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a deconsecrated church that is a must see . The stained glass windows,the ornate ceiling and the tiled floor all make for a memorable visit

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St Marys as fantastic stained glass windows which makes a vist well worth while and a very good coffee shop

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely ancient church is beautiful with gorgeous glass. However it has some interesting curiosities. I was intrigued by the plaques just inside the entrance detailing benefactions from the 17 and 18th centuries

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I had been shopping next door at Setonaiki (lovely shop in The Parade) and decided to have a drink at The Cafe At St Mary's within the very back of the church and was impressed of the stained glass windows.The building is looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust.

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Leigh, Lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

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 31 January 2017

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 19 January 2017

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 15 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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