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St Mary's Church

St Mary's Street,, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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An amazing church with a great reasonably priced cafe inside!

This was possibly our favourite Shrewsbury church that we visited during our short break in the... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Veronica B
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
Amazing Parish Church

Take time to drop into this amazing Parish Church and wonder at the wonderful and numerous stain... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
Ronald D
Shrewsbury, 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 28 October 2017

This was possibly our favourite Shrewsbury church that we visited during our short break in the town. The stained glass windows in particular and the information about them was really interesting. We all had a great cup of tea here in their restaurant and we...More

Thank Veronica B
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Take time to drop into this amazing Parish Church and wonder at the wonderful and numerous stain glass windows whilst contemplating the beauty of your surroundings. There is also a little gem of a cafe to rest your feet and indulge yourself in some lovely...More

Thank Ronald D
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

What lovely church to visit and no admission fee to which we object to and would have missed out on seeing all those stained glass windows, each with a history to tell so you need to visit to find out. Volunteer staff extremely helpful and...More

Thank charles c
Reviewed 2 October 2017

St Mary's is a beautiful little church, lovely stained glass. /Free to enter, though a donation can be given. The very welcoming volunteers have hand held mirrors which are supplied so that you can view the ceiling without cricking your neck. It's easy to spend...More

Thank PoundScrounger
Reviewed 22 September 2017

If passing you ought to pop in and just take a few minutes of contemplation in a place of worship which from a tourist point of view has a fine stained glass window beyond the altar.You need to remind yourself that this is not a...More

Thank Welshwasp
Reviewed 21 September 2017

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 8 September 2017

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 5 September 2017

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 28 August 2017 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 17 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
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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