Discover the place where landscape and heritage shape each other.

From Iron Age hillforts to 18th century canals, the past is within touching distance. Explore the fourth largest Roman city in Britain, medieval castles and historic villages and market towns. In its churches are medieval roofs, saddleback and octagonal towers, Anglo-Saxon tub fonts, a rare Vesica window and much more. There are stories of the people who have lived in this land for generations, local children sent away on the Mayflower, the Leper Hospital in Brother Cadfael stories and a link with Lady Godiva.You can even see a descendant of the oak tree that sheltered Charles II from Parliamentarians during the English Civil War.

Glorious churches, chapels and meeting houses are set in wondeful locations. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a jewel in the crown of Shropshire’s lovely countryside. There are pretty villages and wild open spaces across the county.

Here are just a few amazing churches in Shropshire to visit, visit our map to find many more.


Shropshire churches on our map

Heath Chapel

Buried in the countryside high in the Clee Hills, Heath is just about the plainest, simplest church you will ever see. A favourite of both Professor Mary Beard and Dr Kate Williams.


St Chad, Shrewsbury

This rather extraordinary parish church, set on a spacious green hill above the River Severn, stands in stark contrast to Shrewsbury's medieval streets and mainly Tudor townscape.


St Laurence, Ludlow

Ludlow possesses one of the great parish churches of England, and one of the largest, St Laurence's, is known, with good reason, as the Cathedral of the Marches.


St Lucia, Upton Magna

A thousand years old, dedicated to St Lucia patron saint of light and eyesight; appositely working alongside the RNIB accessibility centre telling her fascinating story and the history of this ancient church.


St Oswald, Oswestry

St Oswald was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085 and also in a tithe document in Shrewsbury the same year.


Holy Cross Abbey, Shrewsbury

Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, owned most of Shropshire, and it was he who founded this Benedictine abbey in 1083, he is said to have been buried here when he died in 1094.


All Saints, Claverley

Visitors travel here to see the outstanding medieval wall paintings, especially the long, early 13th century frieze high on the north wall of the nave.


St Mary the Virgin, Bromfield

A pleasant hour's walk above the River Teme leads from Ludlow to St Mary's, which began life as a Norman priory church and still shares its riverside setting with the old Priory Gatehouse.


St Peter, Stanton Lacy

A beautifully proportioned cruciform church, St Peter’s has been serving the parish of Stanton Lacy since the early 11th century, it’s Saxon origins are still visible in the stonework.


St Bartholomew, Tong

A 600 year old treasure house of alabaster tombs, medieval carving, history and scandal, often described as ‘The Westminster Abbey of the Midlands’ with links to Shakespeare and Dickens.


Shrewsbury Cathedral

Designed by Edward Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin, and was completed in 1856: amongst its glories is the stained glass.


St Peter, Melverley

In a tiny hamlet right on the Welsh border, is a very special church, black and white both inside and out, and wonderfully picturesque and rustic looking.



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Getting here

Shropshire is in the English Midlands. The M54 motorway connects with the M6 in Staffordshire and forms part of the route to North Wales. The nearest airports are Manchester and Birmingham, each around 1.5 hours away. Much of Shropshire is just over one hour from Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.