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About Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury was a quintessential medieval market town and today much of its medieval architecture survives. It has 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 and 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.

What not to miss:

  • Visit the remains of Shrewsbury Abbey, founded in 1083 and made from lovely red-sandstone.
  • Make a trip to Shrewsbury Castle and the Shropshire Regimental Museum that sits within.
  • Stop by the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery containing everything from Roman treasures to Shropshire gold.
  • Sample local ales in an atmospheric pub.

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 close 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 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.

    For an apartment or cottage

    • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

    Travel information

    • The nearest airports to Shrewsbury are Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. Birmingham and Manchester airports also connect to a mainline rail network.
    • Virgin Trains operate a direct rail service between Shrewsbury and London. Shrewsbury is also linked by a regular main line rail service. The station is some 40 odd miles north west of Birmingham New Street and serves as the rail 'Gateway to Wales' with many services starting at or passing through Shrewsbury.
    • Best time to visit - Shrewsbury is a year round destination with each season offering its own charm however for the best chance at warm bright days visit in the summer months (May - August).
    • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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      Best Hotels in Shrewsbury

      • The Silverton 7 rooms from £75

        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.

        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
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      • The Haughmond 5 rooms from £90

        Shropshire, Shrewsbury

        A charming owner-run Inn set in the quaint village of Upton Magna. The five rooms are individually styled and boast oak wood furnishings, modern bathrooms and deep-pile carpeting. The restaurant, Basil's, is the real show stopper offering award winning contemporary British cuisine.

        Foodies  -  The award winning fine dining restaurant is headed by the owner and is worthy of a visit alone.
        Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the nearby Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
        Great walks  -  Take long walks in the National Trust’s Attingham Park.
        Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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      • The Lion & Pheasant 19 rooms from £104


        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
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      • The Inn at Grinshill 6 rooms from £120


        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 hills
        Sights nearby  -  Shrewsbury, birthplace to Charles Darwin
        Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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      • Rowton Castle 19 rooms from £124


        A stunning 17th century castle set in 17 acres of picturesque parkland. Atmospheric bedrooms are filled with heavy antique furniture, traditional paintings and chandeliers. Elegant reception rooms, a fantastic restaurant and rural setting make this an ideal wedding venue or country escape.

        Weddings  -  The elegant reception rooms, stunning setting and experienced staff make this an ideal wedding venue.
        Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Wattlesborough Castle dating back to the 13th century.
        Great walks  -  take relaxing strolls through the parkland and surrounding woods.
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      • Grove Farm House 4 rooms from £180

        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.

        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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