Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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

96% (182 Member Ratings)

"Excellent food and lovely staff."
Nov 30, 2016
Wrexham, 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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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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182 Member Reviews
(96% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Excellent food and lovely staff.
Peter Nov 30, 2016 Wrexham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: We had a lovely stay at the lion it's a very warming and friendly hotel and the staff are all so nice and helpful will definitely return
Terry Nov 30, 2016 WychboldWorcestershire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Hotel atmosphere, staff friendly and helpful, good room, good food. Total relaxation.
Other Comments: Would recommend the hotel for above reasons plus perfect location. Will definitely return.
Samantha Nov 26, 2016 Solihull, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The lounges and open fires
Cath Nov 26, 2016 BirchoverMatlock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The setting in town and the ambiance.
Other Comments: Pleasant helpful staff
Helen Nov 26, 2016 Southam, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The. Evening meals
Other Comments: The room was warm and ok but very dated. Breakfast,the first morning was fine, but the second was disappointing as the food was only Luke warm. There were a lot of guests.
Sharon Nov 26, 2016 Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Service was excellent
Other Comments: I had to have a medical procedure so I was on a restricted diet and they were very kind.
Amanda Nov 26, 2016 mOLD, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The ambience, the old fashioned,lovely atmosphere and the friendly and helpful staff.
Other Comments: Christmas trees and decoration were being put up as we arrived and it was lovely to see. This is a place with history and the floorboards creek - as if to tell a story about who has walked these floors.
Eva Nov 25, 2016 Long Itchington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Staff were very pleasant and helpful. The food was absolutely fabulous. There was a car park on site.
Other Comments: If we go back we will ask for action at the back as there was quite a lot of traffic noise although this would not prevent us from going again.
LYNN Nov 22, 2016 Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: As the hotel is situated in the middle of the town it was near to the shops and places of interest. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The meals were excellent and the bedroom was more than adequate.
Other Comments: I have already recommended the hotel to friends.
Gordon A Nov 22, 2016 Mold, United Kingdom

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