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The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury

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Why We Love It

  • Pretty 16th-century former coaching inn
  • Previous guests include Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin & Benjamin Disraeli
  • The Shropshire Star describes the food as ''exquisite''
  • You can relax with your favourite tipple by the roaring Tudor fireplace

92% (13 Member Ratings)

"Good room, good food. Excellent location."
Jun 12, 2017
Plymouth, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The historic streets and shops are less than five minutes away and Shrewsbury rail station is a 10-minute walk away from the hotel. On-site parking is available for an extra £5 per car, per night (payable direct).

Rooms & Rates

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The Lion Hotel is a Grade I-listed former coaching inn in Shrewsbury. It is rich in history and has previously welcomed Charles Dickens, who wrote The Pickwick Papers while staying at the hotel. Charles Darwin also stayed here before beginning his journey to South America, the Galapagos Islands and Australia. 

Located in the historic market town of Shrewsbury, the hotel is an ideal spot from which to explore the medieval cobbled streets. Walk along the waterfront, or do a bit of shopping at the Pride Hill and Darwin shopping centres -- both are less than 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

This 16th-century hotel has retained a wealth of period features including a Tudor fireplace and portraits of noble lords and ladies in powdered wigs. Relax in the tapestry lounge or have a cuppa and a piece of homemade cake in the fully panelled Oak Bar.

Rooms are individually designed in keeping with the Tudor and Elizabethan heritage. Tea- and coffee-making facilities are included, and all rooms are en-suite with either a bath, a shower or both.

The Hayward restaurant serves modern British dishes. We like the sound of the shell-on scallops with a herb crust, the pan-fried lamb with pea and mint purée and creamy herby mash, and the warm treacle tart with clotted-cream ice cream.

The last time we ran a Getaway for this property, 90% of Travelzoo subscribers who rated their experience said they loved it. 

From the press:

  • ''The best Shropshire restaurant outside Ludlow'' -- The Shropshire Star



  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 or under.
Extra bed available on request for older children/adults. Charges apply. Please contact 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 24 hours

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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92% Positive
(13 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Knight Properties (Shrewsbury) Ltd. trading as the Lion Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.9 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.8 Rooms
3.9 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Good room, good food. Excellent location.
Other Comments
Pervading music in restaurant quite annoying. Unexpected £5 parking charge, narrow parking space.
Marcos Jun 12, 2017 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely staff. Old fashioned hotel and excellent location
Karen May 22, 2017 Stafford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great value Friendly and welcoming staff
Cecilia Apr 12, 2017 Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
adrian Feb 28, 2017 Worcs, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous food, central location and very helpful staff.
Other Comments
The rooms are dated but very clean.
Mrs L J Feb 28, 2017 Swindon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful buildings, good food and friendly staff.
John Feb 25, 2017 Stamford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The quirkiness of the hotel, the lovely staff, the general comfy feeling of the hotel.
Teresa Feb 24, 2017 Kidwelly, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The standard of the accommodation and the meals
Other Comments
Excellent location, very central
Daniel Feb 23, 2017 West Midlands, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location, could not be more central for the town
Other Comments
Stayed in the Dickens suite. Although the Lion is a Grade One listed, the suite could badly requires a makeover, new mattress (did not fit base) TV old and restricted channels, very noisy as old ill fitting windows single pane, and almost no ventilation, bathroom OK but tap shower poor variable flow, all other "bits" felt shabby not particularly clean. Breakfast was excellent and staff friendly history of the hotel and ambience in public rooms very impressive. One last comment watch out for the uneven floors in rooms, can be tricky!
Roger Feb 18, 2017 Torquay, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff are all very friendly and the food is excellent,
Other Comments
The room we were allocated was very tired and unfortunately the shower did not work, but it did not affect our enjoyment of the break.
Christine Feb 14, 2017 KIDDERMINSTER, United Kingdom

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