Visit Shrewsbury Abbey and follow in the footsteps of Cadfael, the monastic sleuth, where the books and TV series were set.
When Shropshire author Ellis Peters (whose real name was Edith Pargeter) wrote the historic murder mysteries The Cadfael Chronicles (later turned into the TV series Cadfael) she was inspired by medieval Shrewsbury and made Shrewsbury Abbey the home of her fictional hero, the Benedictine monk Brother Cadfael.
Whilst Cadfael himself may be fictional the Abbey has a long and rich history, being founded in 1083 by Roger de Montgomery, the 1st Earl of Shrewsbury. Today visitors can still see reminders of the Norman church, as well as later additions such as the 14th Century west tower, and a stained glass window depicting St Benedict, which is dedicated to Edith’s memory.
Shrewsbury Abbey is open on most days of the year and has free entry for visitors. If booked in advance you can also tour the Abbey with an experienced volunteer guide.