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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!!


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

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 Golden Lion Hotel is a classic Coaching Inn, situated in the heart of the picturesque market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

We are proud to say that the Inn offers 21st Century comfort within a delightful 18th Century building. Whether for business or pleasure, you are sure of a warm welcome at the Inn and an enjoyable stay in this thriving small riverside town.

We pride ourselves on serving a varied menu of freshly prepared food. Our team of chefs' enjoy using local seasonal produce on our specials menu each week to add interest and variety.

There is a large choice of wines, spirits, draught beers and local real ales, so you can enjoy what ever takes your fancy. Our hotel, bar & restaurant appeals to all ages, and we welcome families to come and dine with us.


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 - 25
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.