Darwin's Townhouse

Emily Paterson
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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

"We stayed one night but wish we had of booked two, it was a lovely experience. Thank you"
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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-Fri, 8am-6pm

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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(32 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Darwins Townhouse Ltd over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.5 Rooms
5.0 Quality of Service
4.9 Value for the Money
4.9 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
We stayed one night but wish we had of booked two, it was a lovely experience. Thank you
Peter 14 Sep, 2019 WELLINGBOROUGH, UK
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous in every way
sue 13 Sep, 2019 Tewkesbury, UK
Enjoyed Most
The staff are very friendly and exceptionally helpful. The hotel has a lovely atmosphere, very clean, fabulous breakfast menu and well located for all the historic buildings and picturesque riverbank walks.
Other Comments
The parking arrangements were a little stressful to sort out. However thanks to the excellent receptionist (sorry I have forgotten her name) it was explained and very quickly sorted. Our room was a little cramped, not like the above photo, for a double occupancy. It had an ill fitting window which allowed draughts and passing pedestrian vocalisation to be a little too intrusive. However as I had this room on a very good Travelzoo deal, which included an excellent evening meal at Darwin’s Kitchen, I still feel it was very good value for a two night stay.
Gail 11 Sep, 2019 Isle of Anglesey, UK
Other Comments
Shrewsbury is a very nice town for a break. We enjoyed it
Jennifer 05 Sep, 2019 Bures, UK
Enjoyed Most
Darwin’s Townhouse Had a lovely couple of days in Shrewsbury last week and stayed at a little Gem, Darwin’s Townhouse. Set in a quiet area of the town, St Julians Friars, yet within a couple of hundred yards of the town and only 50 yards from ample parking. The river is close by and there are picturesque walks in either direction around “The Loop”, our favourite being towards the park and the beautiful and amazing Dingle with it’s little Lake and excellent floral display. Our deal at the Hotel was quite exceptional value. It has a very friendly atmosphere with all of the staff being very approachable and polite, whilst still being efficient and professional. Our room was quiet and very clean with loads of quirky touches all relating to Darwin’s life. The Breakfast was of a high standard and the presentation and attention to detail was excellent. It has a load of other attributes including an honesty bar and a couple of quiet lounges for those who wish to stay in for a while or during inclement weather. Part of our deal was a three course meal with wine at “Darwin’s Kitchen”. Although carrying the same name do not assume that it is attached to the hotel. This restaurant is around 100 yards away up a reasonable incline, which could prove challenging for the less mobile, however the food there is of a good standard and certainly worth the effort of the relatively short walk Now we’ve located this little Gem we would not hesitate to return again. Excellent.
Valerie 05 Sep, 2019 Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Enjoyed Most
Had a wonderful stay in a fantastic place! Staff lovely . Highly recommend .
Other Comments
Just wonderful. Beautiful place in a lovely place with amazing staff. We will be returning !!
Joanne 10 Aug, 2019 Runcorn. Cheshire, UK
Enjoyed Most
Quirky decoration, good breakfast. Enjoyed dinner in sister location more in town centre
Jennifer 31 May, 2019 Bristol, UK
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic breakfast and the 'little touches' that made it homely and welcoming.
Other Comments
Really friendly, helpful staff. Central location, clean and very comfortable, places to sit and socialise other than your room, honesty bar, amazing breakfast choice delivered with a smile. All this makes Darwin's Townhouse a real winner and we would definitely like to come back. The proximity to Darwin's kitchen was also great and their meals were lovely. I cannot fault this place.
Rebecca 30 May, 2019 Abingdon, UK
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Jane 29 May, 2019 Hereford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast excellent and staff very helpful and friendly.
Sally 17 May, 2019 Liverpool, UK

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