Shrewsbury Abbey

sights / Religious

Shrewsbury Abbey information

Shrewsbury , United Kingdom
Street Abbey Foregate
+44 1743 232723
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entry by £2 donation
Opening hours
10.30am-3pm Mon-Sat, 11.30am-2.30pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Famous as the setting for Ellis Peters' Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, the lovely red-sandstone Shrewsbury Abbey is all that remains of a vast, cruciform Benedictine monastery founded in 1083. Twice the setting for meetings of the English parliament, the Abbey church lost its spire and two wings when the monastery was dissolved in 1540. It sustained further damage in 1826 when engineer Thomas Telford ran the London–Holyhead road right through the grounds. Nevertheless, you can still see some impressive Norman, Early English and Victorian features, including an exceptional 14th-century west window.