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5 Original places to stay in Shrewsbury

Whether you're coming for business, holiday or a weekend getaway, Shrewsbury has a wealth of hostelries to suit all tastes and budgets to guarantee a good night's sleep.

We have collated some of the town's most unique venues to provide you with the ultimate Shrewsbury experience.

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Drapers Hall, St Mary's Place

Drapers Hall, St Mary's Place

Drapers Hall, St Mary's Place

Located in the heart of Shrewsbury, Drapers Hall is a building steeped in history.

For over 500 years, it acted as a meeting place for local merchants and traders. These days, this magnificent Elizabethan building has earned a reputation as one of Shropshire's finest classical restaurants.

Drapers Hall offers six unique en suite double rooms, including the Lime Suite, which encompasses an expansive living space and kitchen making it perfectly suited for families and longer stays.

The Golden Cross, Princess Street

The Golden Cross, Princess Street

The Golden Cross, Princess Street

Reputed to be the oldest licensed public house in Shrewsbury, The Golden Cross has an unbroken history of hospitality stretching back to 1428. Less well known, perhaps, is the existence of The Golden Cross Tunnel, a secret passageway that allowed the monks of nearby St Chad's to escape to the Inn for a dram without being spotted by the general public.

Situated by Old St Chad's Church, the restaurant and hotel is the perfect base to explore historic Shrewsbury.

Offering five fully modernised bedrooms, each is beautifully finished incorporating the medieval timber framework to retain their unique character.

The Lion and Pheasant, Wyle Cop

The Lion and Pheasant, Wyle Cop

The Lion & Pheasant, Wyle Cop

The Lion and Pheasant is one of Shropshire's most stylish and prestigious townhouse hotels and restaurants. Renowned for its delicious seasonal menu, the restaurant is a hit with locals and visitors alike.

The hotel also offers 22 individually styled, contemporary en-suite rooms. The interiors are fresh and calm – the perfect place to rest your head after a long day exploring Shrewsbury.

The Lion and Pheasant also offers three riverside self-catering cottages, sleeping 2-4 people apiece.

Darwin's Townhouse, St Julian's Friars

Darwin's Townhouse, St Julian's Friars

Darwin's Townhouse, St Julian's Friars

Recently profiled in British Airways' High Life Magazine as one of the best international summer stays, Darwin's Townhouse is a unique and intimate bed and breakfast.

The building was designed in 1760 by the then Mayor of Shrewsbury Joseph Bromfield, a notable late Georgian plasterer and architect. The house hosts several of Bromfield's unique plaster works, including in the Lounge where the decorative plasterwork is embellished with the Zodiac signs.

Darwin's Townhouse offers 12 en suite bedrooms within the original three-storey townhouse, with an additional 9 pet-friendly, en suite rooms within the Garden Suite.

St Nicholas, Castle Street

St Nicholas, Castle Street

St Nicholas, Castle Street

Located within a renovated 18thcentury Presbyterian Chapel, St Nicholas is home to a bar and grill, and five luxury boutique en suite rooms.

Each room is truly unique, incorporating many of the original architectural features of the building. The impressive 18thcentury stained glass windows are particularly eye-catching, with views overlooking both Shrewsbury library and castle.

A two-minute walk from both the train station and main shopping area, St Nicholas is in a prime location for visitors coming to the town via the historic Shrewsbury train station.