Hotel Highlights

Origin of Charles Darwin’s epic adventure

Beginning at The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury

“For most travellers, The Lion Hotel is the end of their journey as they arrive in Shrewsbury for a short break to explore this historic town. However, for one intrepid traveller, The Lion Hotel was the start of an epic adventure. Twenty-two-year-old Charles Darwin departed the hotel in haste on Monday, September 5, 1831, by stagecoach to London on his way to join HMS Beagle for a five-year trip, which would end with him writing his controversial book on evolution, The Origin of Species”. – John Butterworth, ‘Four Centuries at The Lion Hotel, Shewsbury’.


About The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury

Welcome to The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury, a Grade I listed, 16th century former coaching inn. We are located in the heart of the historic town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire.The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury combines 16th Century architecture with classic comfort. Famous for its warm and friendly hospitality and traditional character, the hotel is perfectly situated to enable guests to enjoy all that this unique area has to offer.

Our 59 bedrooms, which include standard doubles, twins and singles as well as suites, each have their own unique character and include all the comfort and facilities you would expect. The Hayward Restaurant is open all day from 12 noon and offers a variety of different cuisines including classic British dishes.

The Tudor Bar offers a more informal dining option and is open all day for teas and coffees, cakes, healthy light bites, delicious lunches and exceptional value dining. The hotel has a number of outstanding function rooms including the magnificent Adam Ballroom; creating a very special atmosphere for events including weddings, Christmas parties, private dining and conferences. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bar, lounge areas and conferences rooms of the hotel.


Our Charity Partner

The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury supports Rays of SunshineRays of Sunshine charity logo

The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury are delighted to announce their new charity partner this year is Rays of Sunshine, www.raysofsunshine.org.uk, a UK registered children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children aged 3 to 18 by granting their wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising large scale events.

Our aim is to raise £2000 in the first year of the partnership to fund magical wishes for brave and deserving children and to do that WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Every day of the year Rays of Sunshine gives brave and deserving young people the chance to put their illness on hold and enjoy a moment of escape. Over 6,000 individual wishes have been granted since the charity was set up in 2003. Wishes can be as unique as the children themselves and whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for the day, go to Disneyland in Paris, visit Santa in Lapland, own an iPad, meet a favourite celebrity or even a ‘real life’ mermaid, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.

Rays of Sunshine also grants ward wishes, which offer a distraction to hundreds of children during their time in hospital or a hospice. Events and outings are held throughout the year for large groups of seriously ill children including trips to theme parks, hospital activity/pamper days and parties.

We hope you will all GET INVOLVED and support our partnership so we can reach our £2000 target and grant magical wishes for brave and deserving children.  Please ask at reception about how you can support our partnership.