Which Are the Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Shrewsbury?

The market town of Shrewsbury is packed with historic Tudor buildings
The market town of Shrewsbury is packed with historic Tudor buildings | © Nikreates / Alamy Stock Photo
Kim Gregory

Come to the medieval market town of Shrewsbury for its history – with more than 600 listed buildings, including Shrewsbury Abbey – and stay for the restaurants, bars, local culture and famous Shropshire Hills. Want to enjoy it all without worrying about your wallet? No problem – here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Shrewsbury, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Bull Inn

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms, Inn

Seats, tables and signs advertising food, accommodation and live music at the Bull Inn
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Love a traditional pub? Check into this 17th-century inn, on the historic Butcher Row, which boasts six cosy rooms. The grub is as expected: hearty and homemade classics such as ploughman’s lunch and steak and ale pie, or full English breakfast with all the trimmings. If the weather plays ball, head out to the beer garden, stick around for live bands and comedians, and hit the open mic – if you’re brave enough.

2. The Loopy Shrew

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms, Inn

Double bed on ornate wooden frame in monochrome room with desk, cushioned chair and radiator at the Loopy Shrew
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It’s never too early to start on the prosecco or espresso martinis at the Loopy Shrew. Book the dinner, bed and breakfast package and gorge on an all-inclusive full English or vegan breakfast. Dinner offerings include locally sourced seafood, sharing boards or vegan burgers. Enjoy your evening sipping gin cocktails (such as orange and honey or strawberry India) by candlelight in a comfy armchair, before heading up to your cosy boutique room, where chandeliers hang by the bed and pictures of Shrewsbury line the walls.

3. Abbots Mead Hotel

Hotel, Independent Hotel, Budget Hotel

Several metal chairs and tables under parasols next to a grass lawn and small water feature outside Abbots Mead Hotel
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Feeling outdoorsy? Abbots Mead Hotel, a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse, is next to the River Severn, so come prepared with fishing rods, walking boots and cash for boat trips. Man-made beauty isn’t too far away either, with the old town walls and abbey a short drive away. The hotel serves up traditional smoked kippers and fresh coffee, while there are numerous restaurants nearby to visit in the evening.

4. Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

Large bed, sofa, cushioned chair, desk, desk chair and TV in blue-and-white toned room at Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
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Soak up Shropshire from this convenient base, located in Shrewsbury Business Park and close to both the town and the Shropshire Hills. It’s within driving distance of Wales and Birmingham International Airport, and each room is fitted with a desk and free wifi, making it ideal for business travellers. Coming with a four-legged friend? Designated pet areas mean you can eat with your furry companion, and dog packages include blankets and food bowls – not something you get at every cheap hotel in Shrewsbury.

5. Ye Olde Bucks Head Inn

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms, Inn

Signs advertise accommodation and food outside the black-and-white-painted Ye Olde Bucks Head Inn
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Get your culture fill from this historic 17th-century coaching inn, located between Darwin’s birthplace and the Theatre Severn, where you can watch shows like Blood Brothers. Explore the area by car, parking for free back at this pet-friendly B&B, which is distinctively Tudor and characterful, with deer antlers in the bar area, overhead beams throughout and bright rooms with big windows. As for the pub menu, expect a traditional full English for breakfast, with bangers and mash followed by cheesecake for lunch.

6. The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel

Hotel, Independent Hotel, Budget Hotel

Double bed in cream-toned ensuite room with desk, mirror and stool at the Mytton & Mermaid Hotel
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If four-poster beds, chandeliers and bay windows are on your checklist for a cheap hotel in Shrewsbury, waste no time in booking the Grade II-listed Mytton & Mermaid. There’s no dud room here: you’ll be overlooking either the gates of Attingham Park or the River Severn. The award-winning food is an undeniable delight, featuring seasonal, local produce such as slow-braised Shropshire beef and chocolate puddings.

7. The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury

Hotel, Independent Hotel, Budget Hotel

Sofa and four armchairs by fireplace in wood-beamed communal space at the Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
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Make like Charles Dickens, Darwin and King William IV and spend the night at this 16th-century inn. You’ll feel like a proper royal over afternoon tea at the hotel’s Tudor Bar, which serves Scottish smoked salmon sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam, and posh homemade cakes. Elsewhere, the rooms are decked out with quirky headboards, statement wallpapers and views over the streets of Shrewsbury town centre, so you can soak up history from your room.

8. The Burlton Inn

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms, Budget Hotel

White-painted exterior of the Burlton Inn, with various flower-filled planters beside it
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Bring your pet along to this pub hotel in the quaint Shropshire village of Burlton, and make the most of the nearby countryside and nine meres (lakes). After a day of exploring, you’ll welcome a dinner of baked sea bass or bacon-wrapped chicken at the Burlton Inn restaurant, which has been recommended in the Michelin Guide. Sitting by the restaurant’s open fire or in the tree-lined beer garden comes highly recommended too. There are only six rooms at this quaint hotel, so you’ll be well looked after.

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