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Christmas at the Golden Lion

Christmas at the Golden Lion

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The warmest of welcomes awaits you from everyone at the Golden Lion Hotel in St IVes Cambridgeshire. Join us this December for the festivities, whether it’s one our Christmas Lunches or dinners, Party Nights, Christmas Day Lunch or to celebrate the New Year. 

Have a browse on our Christmas page to find out more – CLICK HERE

Autumn Offer

Autumn Offer


The leaves are falling and so are our prices, our Autumn Offer includes bed and breakfast and a hamper full of goodies on arrival for 2 adults sharing a Classic Double or Twin room.  You can upgrade to a Superior or Deluxe room from £20 per night (subject to availability).

Don’t delay, book now to avoid disappointment!!


We've joined The Coaching Inn Group

We've joined The Coaching Inn Group


We're delighted to announce the hotel is now under new ownership and has become part of the rapidly expanding Coaching Inn Group.

The same great service and team with nothing but the customer experience in mind. The 11th hotel in the group, we're excited to begin our future with The Coaching Inn Group who have a proven record of unlocking the potential of historic building such as ours, as well as developing the team and supporting the local community.

Speaking on the future plans, Coaching Inn Group Managing Director Kevin Charity said: "The Golden Lion is a great example of the kind of place we want. It's a great market town location and business at the heart of the local community. In time we will be looking to faithfully restore the building across all areas - accommodation, food and beverage."

If you want to know more about The Coaching Inn Group you can visit their website, as well as find out about our new Sister Hotels.

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Hotel & Travel Information

Hotel & Travel Information

The Golden Lion Hotel

Market Hill,
St Ives,
PE27 5AL (Public Car Park - PE27 5JD)
Telephone : 01480 492100

The Old Riverport of St Ives nestles on the banks of The Great Ouse river and is barely 15 miles from Cambridge. Know the world over for the Chapel on the 15th century bridge which spans the water, the town has over 150 buildings which are listed and lives under the watchful eye of Oliver Cromwell, a one-time time resident of the town. As a market town St Ives is true to the name with markets held every Monday and Friday and an award winning Farmers markets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday in each month. Between the fascinating history, the heritage of the waterfront and the many footpaths along the ancient water meadows you are spoilt for choice for reasons to visit this lovely part of Cambridgeshire.

The Golden Lion is a truly classic coaching Inn offering the weary traveller 21st century comfort in a delightful 18th century building, indeed, the Inn is referenced in the 1893 travel book “ The Official guide to the Great Eastern Railway”. The Hotel offers a spacious drinking and dining area and generates a genuinely warm and welcoming ambience as the locals and visitors alike flock in from early on for a range of freshly made hot drinks, delicious cakes and to sample some of the excellent food on offer. To the rear of the building there is a split level courtyard which is perfect for relaxing and going alfresco. All your accommodation needs are fulfilled by 28 well-appointed bedrooms set around an airy lobby. And, if you are looking for somewhere for that special celebration or regular meeting, then look no further. The Cromwell function suite is found adjacent to the Courtyard and can accommodate up to 100 people or 50 for more formal dining.


When leaving the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, take the B1096 towards St Ives. At the roundabout (VW Audi Garage), continue straight ahead. At the next roundabout, turn left. Follow the road into the town centre. At the pedestrian crossing, turn right. You will find the Golden Lion Hotel on the left.

*Please note there is no on-site parking however there are various public car parks within walking distance that are £3 per day. For Sat Nav use please use PE27 5JD to get their.

Bedrooms - 28
Free Wifi
Families Welcome
Food Served All Day in our restaurant




The Golden Lion Hotel originally dates from the 19th Century as a traditional Coaching Inn in the heart of the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives.

The hotel is referred to as one a "leading hotel" in St Ives in the 1893 travel book 'The Official Guide to the Great Eastern Railway'. 

The Inn boasts many period features throughout including:

History of the Town

The St Ives district has been inhabited since Stone Ages, where the remains of a Roman villa have been found. The first Anglo-Saxon settlers are believed to have arrived in the 5th or 6th century, where they names their settlement Slepe - meaning muddy. The original Anglo-Saxon settlement was at the west end of the modern town we know today.

The present parish church of All Saints which is just a short distance from us, was rebuilt in the 15th century, which some say is on the site of an old Anglo-Saxon church.

During the 17th & 18th centuries St Ives became an key waterway route. Lighters, or horse-drawn barges to you and I, were used to bring coal from the port of Kings Lynn before returning back with corn. Herbert Norris, a local historian, wrote in 1888: "St Ives was formerly the centre of a great river traffic. I have seen the river so covered with barges, that boys could walk across the river near the Quay on their tops".

Awards & Reviews

Awards & Reviews


2016 - Highly commended' at The Publican Awards for Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Ranked #9 in Grant Thornton Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in the East Midlands

2015 - Eat Out Awards 2015 - Pub Company of the Year - Coaching Inn Group
2015 - Awarded the London Stock Exchange top 1000 Companies to inspire Britain.