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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

  • 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 Library House

    nr Telford, Shropshire

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

    4 rooms from $119
    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 $134
    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 $140
    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
  • Pen-y-Dyffryn

    Oswestry, Shropshire

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

    12 rooms from $193
    Exclusive offer  -  Spring Offer
    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 $208
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Shrewsbury
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