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St Mary's Church

St Mary's Street,, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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Beautiful Stained Glass

The church has some wonderful stained glass windows. It's very calming in the church if you need a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jackie C
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Gem of Shrewsbury

For a parish church this is stunning. The exterior of the building has been wonderfully well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
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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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St Mary's Street,, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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Reviewed yesterday

The church has some wonderful stained glass windows. It's very calming in the church if you need a quiet place to contemplate, and if you get hungry there is a delightful coffee shop with fresh sandwiches, soups, quiche and cream teas.

Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a parish church this is stunning. The exterior of the building has been wonderfully well preserved and the interior likewise. It can justifiable be described as a gem of Shrewsbury.

Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the centre of Shrewsbury stands this lovely old church with wonderful stained glass windows and I am told the countries second highest spire. It also boasts a great cafe . History and interest free entry offten there is an art display or some...More

Thank stevev0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

St Mary's is a great place to sit and be calm in the middle of the day. If the sun is the right direction the colours from the stained glass windows look stunning across the interior. It creates a wonderfully peaceful ambience. There is a...More

Thank Andy and Kath M
Reviewed 18 August 2017

A large, very well-preserved medieval parish church with good information provided. Highlight would be the stained glass, especially the fantastic Jesse Window.

Thank Donal M
Reviewed 6 August 2017

a must for anyone with an interest in stained glass windows. also a fine old church to explore.easy to find as it has a central location

Thank Rusty N
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Wonderful stained glass windows, and amazing floors as well, the church is steeped in history, it is well worth putting St. Mary's on your itinerary when visiting our wonderful town.

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This very old and delightful church enjoys a central position in the heart of Shrewsbury. Some beautiful stain glass windows and also enjoys many art exhibitions and displays. The doors are always open.

Thank Ronald D
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This building no longer serves as a church but has some stunning stained glass windows. These are worth the time to view. Apparently, most had been hidden during the Disdolution of the Monasteries and have since been reacquired and reassembled.

Thank margandwally
Reviewed 24 June 2017

A church worth a visit while in Shrewsbury. There was a fund raising event on while we were there. Very friendly people , and good facilities to accommodate everyone.

Thank Michael T
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Response from Gerard M | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge but in most churches in u.k. Donations are always welcome. The peace bestowed by visit to this church cannot be priced. Give what you can and if you can't don't worry. Say a prayer and be thankful for... More