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Shropshire perfectly captures the rural English idyll of open moors, gentle, heather-clad hills, postcard perfect farming villages, good food and peace and quiet. This is wonderful countryside to explore at your own pace, but some of the best places to stay in Shropshire are in the county's capital Shrewsbury, one of England's best preserved Tudor towns, Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and Ludlow, near some of the county's most beautiful castles, and with some of the county's best food.

Shrewsbury's castle and abbey (home of fictitious monk, Brother Cadfael), are famous enough to attract the coach trips, but this charming, medieval market town deserves more than a day trip. Amidst the timbered Tudor houses and winding lanes leading down to the River Severn you can see the birthplace of Charles Darwin, the Old Market Hall, and Henry Tudor House, where Henry VII stayed before the Battle of Bosworth.

Ironbridge is almost a polar opposite to Shrewsbury's Tudor timber; a very industrial looking town, home of the first ever, you guessed it: iron bridge. Convenient for the mines and the railways, this was the sight of the Coalbrookdale blast furnace, where they discovered coke.

Ludlow is a totally different looking town again. Topped by Ludlow Castle, the best preserved 11th Century stone-walled court in Britain, below you'll find an excellent selection of independent grocers, bakers, cheesemongers and butchers. With local produce of such high quality, Ludlow also has some of the best restaurants in the region, and is definitely one of the best places to stay in Shropshire for foodies.

Best Places to Stay in Shropshire

For exploring the region

  • The Castle Hotel is perfect for enjoying the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Shropshire hills. A haven for walkers and cyclists and very dog friendly it offers twelve bedrooms, great food and stunning views.
  • Offering more than your average B&B, The Library House also offers: stylish decor, free parking in local car parks and a complimentary drink. And its sitting room was the old village library, making it one of the best places to stay in Shropshire if you want to catch up on local history.
  • Pen-y-Dyffryn is a charming old stone, 12 bedroom hotel with spectacular views over the surrounding hills and dales. There's a lovely garden, you're within 25 minutes of four major National Trust properties and the room price includes a four course dinner and breakfast. Starting from £130 per night.

The best Shropshire escapes

  • Timberstone is a small but pretty cottage B&B, run by attentive owners with an interest in being green. As well as guests, the cottage is home to ducks and hens, so this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Shropshire for families.
  • Soulton Hall is a splendid Elizabethan manor steeped in romance and history - their beautiful oak panelling dates from the 15th Century. As well as rooms in the 'big house' there are also self catering cottages.

For foodies

  • Huxley's at Drapers Hall is perfect for playing Lord and Lady of the Manor, though it's not a manor, this gorgeous building was actually the Tudor Draper's Hall. Converted with style into a fine dining restaurant with a few beautiful rooms.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Shropshire, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the search and check out our recommendations in Cheshire and Herefordshire.

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  • The Silverton

    Shropshire, 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.

    7 rooms from $118
    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 Library House

    nr Telford, Shropshire

    Immaculate small guest house, conveniently sited and decorated with skill and taste

    4 rooms from $126
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Timberstone

    Ludlow, Shropshire

    A pretty cottage B&B that reflects its carefree yet skilled and professional owners

    4 rooms from $142
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Soulton Hall

    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    A splendid Elizabethan manor located in rural Shropshire. Steeped in history (it features oak panelling from the 1400s), romantic, atmospheric, yet comfortable and hospitable. Highly recommended for a country getaway with self catering cottages for those who prefer more flexibility.

    8 rooms from $148
    Birdwatching  -  At least 83 varieties of field birds can be found in the surrounding countryside
    Great walks  -  Great walks from the front door
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Signpost
  • The Castle Hotel

    Bishops Castle, Shropshire

    Comfortable country hotel in a charming Shropshire town, with stunning views - reminiscent of a French hilltop village. The twelve bedrooms are contemporary in style and some benenfit from those vistas. Downstairs you'll find bars, dining room and a glorious garden & terrace for balmy summer days.

    12 rooms from $150
    Exclusive offer  -  20% OFF midweek until March 24th 2016
    Sights nearby  -  You are spoilt for choice for things to do including characterful towns, ancient castles and bountiful gardens.
    Great walks  -  Great walks straight from the door plus the South Shropshire Way and Offa's Dyke
    Spa  -  Comprehensive range of in-house treatments which are available on request.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the surrounding countryside
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Lion & Pheasant


    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!

    19 rooms from $164
    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


    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.

    6 rooms from $189
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful open countryside and rolling hills
    Sights nearby  -  Shrewsbury, birthplace to Charles Darwin
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Pen-y-Dyffryn

    Oswestry, Shropshire

    Good value, glorious views and exceptional trouble taken to ensure guests enjoy their visit

    12 rooms from $205
    Sights nearby  -  Within 25 minutes there are four major National Trust Houses (Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Attingham Hall and Erdigg House)
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
  • Huxley's at Drapers Hall

    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    A new venture in a very old and beautiful building brings comfortable rooms to an established fine-dining restaurant

    4 rooms from $220
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Shrewsbury
  • Grove Farm House

    Shrewsbury, 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.

    4 rooms from $283
    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
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