Scenic and sleepy Shropshire is a charming county to explore. Expect pretty, timber villages, hill topped castles and the rolling Shropshire Hills. If you've already decided Shropshire is the holiday destination for you, go direct to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Shropshire.
If you like to lose yourself in winding medieval streets and lanes amidst timbered Tudor houses, then you'll find Shrewsbury one of the best places to stay in Shropshire. A very fine example of a medieval market town, Shrewsbury also boasts:
Where to stay in Shrewsbury?
Huxley's at Drapers Hall is one of the best places to stay in Shropshire if you enjoy playing Lord and Lady of the Manor. Huxley's isn't actually a manor house though, this gorgeous Tudor building was originally the guildhall of Shrewsbury's drapers. There are only a few rooms, but even if they're booked out you can still visit the fine-dining restaurant.
Ironbridge has a history as industrial as its name. This town was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the location of the first ever, you guessed it: iron bridge. Combined with local mines, the railway and Coalbrookdale blast furnace, which is where they discovered coke, the Industrial Revolution was really just waiting to happen here. But as well as being one of the best places to stay in Shropshire if you're interested in history or industry, it's also one of the best places to stay in Shropshire for proximity to good restaurants and pubs.
Offering more than your average B&B, The Library House has the things you'd expect: it's clean and neat, friendly and inexpensive. But it 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.
Ludlow is one of the best places to stay in Shropshire for castle-buffs. Ludlow Castle has the best preserved 11th Century stone-walled court in Britain, as well as notable additions from the 12th and 14th Centuries. Spreading out from this treasure is Ludlow's other great selling point: an excellent selection of independent grocers, bakers, cheesemongers and butchers. Yep, Ludlow is definitely one of the best places to stay in Shropshire for foodies.
And when the local provisions are so good it's obvious that Ludlow is also going to be one of the best places to stay in Shropshire for exceptional restaurants.
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.
Good value, glorious views and exceptional trouble taken to ensure guests enjoy their visit
A new venture in a very old and beautiful building brings comfortable rooms to an established fine-dining restaurant