Described as "The Church in a Tranquil Setting", Shrewsbury Abbey offers both a place of worship and an attraction for tourists. Brought into the limelight by the fictional TV series about "Brother Cadfael".
After humble beginnings as a wooden church in Saxon times, Shrewsbury Abbey grew into one of the country's greatest monastic buildings, second only to Canterbury as a destination with even Henry V making a pilgrimage here.
The Abbey has even been the seat of the House of Commons with Parliament being held there in 1283 and 1398.
During the Civil War, breaches were made in the walls by Cromwell's army to ensure that Royalists could not use the church as a garrison. The doors on the north side of the Abbey show holes made by musket balls during the Civil War fighting.