Darwin's Townhouse

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This Grade II-listed "beautifully restored Georgian property" (The AA) was renovated in 2016
  • It is steps away from the River Severn & Shrewsbury town centre
  • Breakfast is served in the conservatory, which has views of the gardens
  • Battlefield Falconry Centre & Attingham Park, an English country house owned by the National Trust, are 15 minutes' drive away

"Great location room small."
Oct 16, 2019 - Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Darwin's Townhouse is a late-18th-century Georgian property that underwent a complete refurbishment in 2016 to turn it into a 20-bedroom boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre.

Located on a quiet street, the hotel overlooks many of the town's Tudor buildings and it's a short stroll from the shops, restaurants and bars of the town centre. The hotel is 100 metres from the River Severn path -- great for a waterside stroll.

Battlefield Falconry Centre and Attingham Park, an English country house owned by the National Trust, are 15 minutes' drive away. The Dana Prison, which offers jailhouse tours, is 10 minutes' walk away. The ruins of Haughmond Abbey are less than 20 minutes' drive away.

Awarded 5-Star B&B status by The AA, the hotel has an octagonal lounge with a fire, books, and games. Retreat to the snug (with a fully stocked honesty bar) or head to the large, bright conservatory with views of the gardens. The modern décor is complemented by features such as a stone staircase and original fireplaces.

Breakfast is served in the conservatory, and features local seasonal produce. While the hotel does not serve lunch or dinner, it has two sister restaurants within a short stroll: The Loopy Shrew, serving traditional English cuisine, and Porterhouse SY1, which offers American-inspired dishes.



  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Pet-friendly

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib not available.
Extra bed on request in Superior Rooms only: £20 per person, per night, for children aged 15 and under; £25 per person, per night, for older children and adults. This includes breakfast. 
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(49 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Darwins Townhouse Ltd over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.4 Rooms
5.0 Quality of Service
4.9 Value for the Money
5.0 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
Great location room small.
Other Comments
Good breakfast, nice communal spaces.
Carl Oct 16, 2019 Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Such an unusual hotel. Really good. Lovely ,friendly polite staff. Great food and lovely Sunday roast in Darwin’s kitchen.
Margaret Oct 15, 2019 Bury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous, 3 coarse meal at the Darwin’s kitchen was delish,the breakfast at Darwin’s townhouse was” to die for “ so much choice and all fresh and local .
Other Comments
Nothing was to much trouble for anything, not that we asked because everything was provided.out favourite place to stay in Shrewsbury .👏👏many thanks
Rita Oct 13, 2019 Flintshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel, staff all extremely friendly and welcoming, great food fab location, really enjoyed our stay!
Cath Oct 12, 2019 Matlock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
small room but otherwise everything good especially breakfast
peter Oct 11, 2019 cardiff, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel with quirky features and close to all shops and walks along the river. excellent and helpful staff. breakfast was fresh and delicious.would not hesitate to stay there again and will recommend to family and friends.
mary Oct 11, 2019 Pwllheli, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This was our second visit and will will be returning in a few months time. The hotel is spotlessly clean. The king bedroom has a view over the garden, with high class furniture and a very comfy bed with lovely bed linen. The decor is fabulous. Reference to Charles Darwin through the property and we loved the quirky Darwin wallpaper. The breakfast menu is vast and the quality of the breakfast is excellent. The dining room looks over a pretty garden. Staff are so obliging and can't do enough for you. Best place to stay in Shrewsbury!
Roderick Oct 10, 2019 Neath, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All the staff were very efficient and friendly. All rooms nicely furnished and bed and pillows very comfortable. Did not use lounges but they seemed very nice.
Other Comments
All The staff leant over backwards to help you. They were excellent. Good recommendations for evening meals, all of which were great. Breakfast at hotel very substantial, with lots of choice. Breakfasts were lovely.
Michael Oct 03, 2019 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous building and great staff
Other Comments
Cannot fault the service or staff
John Oct 02, 2019 Cardiff, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Most enjoyable- very quirky & atmospheric. Extremely clean & nicely decorated & appointed with an interesting Darwin theme making it very different from other hotels which can be bland & somewhat boring.Staff pleasant, helpful & informative- wonderful breakfast *& interesting & tasty meal at nearby Darwin's KItchen.
Other Comments
Steps/stairs could be a slight disadvantage for less nimble guests, but there may well be rooms easier to access if one asks.Parking was slightly fiddly, but not too bad once we had located the correct car-park.
Janette Sep 29, 2019 Kings Langley, United Kingdom

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