Home » Features » Shrewsbury's Four Churches

Shrewsbury's Four Churches

Four churches give Shrewsbury its famous skyline: St Mary'sSt Alkmund'sSt Chad's and Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Shrewsbury's churches are packed with significant stories and awesome architecture. The tour takes you from medieval times to the Georgian period to find a Welsh Saint, the first House of Commons, a tree of glass and the church where Charles Darwin was baptised.

If you're in town for some time then add Shrewsbury Cathedral to your list of places to visit. It was designed by Edward Pugin, the son of Augustus Pugin and the stained glass windows that decorate the 19th century building are a must-see.


St. Mary's has one of the tallest spires in the country and St Chad's has the largest circular nave and an amazing collection of continental stained glass imported during the Napoleonic period. St Alkmund's was built in Gothic Revival style and its impressive painted east window by Francis Eginton (1795) certainly makes a visit worthwhile. Shrewsbury Abbey, along with Shrewsbury Castle are the town's two oldest landmarks, they were both built by Roger de Montgomery, William the Conqueror's right-hand man.

St Mary's Church

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. The church is now the only complete medieval...

St Alkmund's Church

At the heart of the historic and beautiful town of Shrewsbury, founded about the year 902, stands the church of St Alkmund which celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 2012. There's...

St Chad's Church

St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury occupies a prominent position in the county town of Shropshire. The current church building was built in 1792, and with its distinctive round shape...

Shrewsbury Cathedral

The Cathedral was designed by Edward Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin, and was completed in 1856. The building was paid for by Bertram, Earl of Shrewsbury, who died three months...