The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury

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Amy Lindsay
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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

Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
"Tea and cakes and great breakfast"
19. Oct 2017
Mayals, UK


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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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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Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Knight Properties (Shrewsbury) Ltd. trading as the Lion Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.0 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.2 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Tea and cakes and great breakfast
Other Comments
some confusion around travelzoo voucher system and whether we've paid or not at time of booking - needs more clarity to save confusion on arrival
gareth 19. Oct 2017 Mayals, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely old fashioned hotel in central position so ideal for exploring the city. Met all our needs.
Other Comments
Staff were very pleasant and helpful. We were upgraded to a suite - wished we were staying longer than one night. Parking wasn't free so we had to pay £5 for our visit.
Sandra 07. Oct 2017 Hereford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely staff. Old fashioned hotel and excellent location
Karen 22. May 2017 Stafford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great value Friendly and welcoming staff
Cecilia 12. Apr 2017 Llandrindod Wells, UK
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 18. Feb 2017 Torquay, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great position
mrs k r 02. Jan 2017 chorley, UK
Enjoyed Most
location and food
Janice 25. Dec 2016 Ruthin, UK
Enjoyed Most
The building was great and very quirky but comfortable
Other Comments
Communication was poor with hotel from booking to staff. Staff didn't seem to know about any of the special offers we had through TravelZoo!! Tried to book earl check in by email (hotel didn't respond). Got late check out only after discussion and tried to charge. Not offered an upgrade!
Robin 07. Dec 2016 Tywyn, UK

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