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Shrewsbury was a quintessential medieval market town, and these days plenty of its medieval architecture survives. It’s also retained a traditional feel and a great local produce market known by foodies far and wide. The best places to stay in Shrewsbury include some fabulous inns and restaurants with rooms, so this is a truly great destination for anyone interested in eating well.
Just nine miles from the border with Wales, Shrewsbury was strategically important, as well as commercially, and it has historic garrisons, a regimental museum and a castle, as well as market squares, the Market Hall and the Elizabethan Old Market Hall - now an art house cinema. There’s also an 11th Century castle, the scenic ruins of an abbey and a museum and art gallery. Shrewsbury’s other great claim to fame is as the birthplace of Charles Darwin.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Shrewsbury are all great bases for exploring the city whether you're here for the history or simply to sample the food!
For town centre location
- The Silverton has just seven chic, minimal rooms decorated in natural tones on the inside, and yet it’s in a period building in a lovely part of town, by the foodie markets and Michelin starred restaurants.
- The Lion & Pheasant dates back to the 16th Century, and is one of the best places to stay in Shrewsbury if you want to be in the historic part of town. Despite the age of the building there’s a mix of retro and period decor in light, airy rooms, and a great restaurant.
Just out of town
- If you don’t mind being just out of town, The Inn at Grinshill is ideal for foodies looking for a country escape. It has a popular, quintessentially British restaurant with a great locally sourced menu and just six bedrooms.
- A short hop south of Shrewsbury will bring you to Grove Farm House. Here you'll find beautifully decorated rooms and a wonderful home from home atmosphere.
Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Shrewsbury, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively you can widen the net and look at all our recommendations in Shropshire.
Best Hotels in Shrewsbury
The Silverton 7 rooms from $92Shropshire, Shrewsbury
Period on the outside, modern from within this property enjoys a prime location close to the River Severn. Chic, minimal rooms are decorated with natural colours. Michael Jordan runs a popular restaurant, serving modern, locally sourced British cuisine. A smart, inexpensive base for local exploring.Local markets - Ludlow town, with its abundence of farmer's markets as well as sprinkling of Michelin stars, is a foodies mecca.Great walks - The Shropshire hills, after which the hotel's rooms are named, provide many excellent walking routes.Sights nearby - Stokesay Castle, the Royal Air Force Museum and Blists Hill Victorian Town are all worth a visit.Sailing - Take a boat trip along the River Severn.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Lion & Pheasant 19 rooms from $127Shrewsbury
This property, dating back to 16th century is located in Shrewsbury's historic centre. It is where old meets new: exposed oak beams and flagstone floors juxtaposed with retro metal chairs. Rooms are light and airy with wrought iron beds and Louis XI print throws. Prebook a table at the restaurant!Sights nearby - St.Chads Church, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Attingham Park are all close by.Local markets - The fantastic food markets and Michelin star restuarants of Ludlow are a must visit.Sailing - Boat tours along the picturesque River Severn can be arranged.Great walks - Meandre through The Quarry's scenic 29 acres.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
The Inn at Grinshill 6 rooms from $147Shrewsbury
A traditional country Inn, this Grade II listed Georgian property offers guests six individually decorated bedrooms, classic in style. The Inn has a popular, quintessentially British restaurant specialising in food from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Great for local exploring.Great walks - Explore the beautiful open countryside and rolling hillsSights nearby - Shrewsbury, birthplace to Charles DarwinRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Grove Farm House 4 rooms from $220Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Grove is a family house and guests are treated as such. Stone built, with an array of self-catering cottages, it sits in Shropshire's rolling countryside. Rooms are decorated in duck egg blue and cherry reds, with magnolia backdrops, antique pieces and artworks. There is breakfast and afternoon tea.Great walks - There are many walks directly from the property. The South Shropshire Hills and Cardingmill Valley also have many walking paths.Local markets - Ludlow, with its many Michelin star restaurants, also has several popular farmer's markets.Sights nearby - The National Trust property, Attringham Park is just a ten minute drive away.Full of character