The Golden Lion Hotel & Restaurant

Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire


Classic Double room

A characterful 18th century coaching inn nestled in the heart of charming St Ives, with breakfast included

The river port of St Ives (Cambridgeshire, not Cornwall) is brimming with history; once the home to Oliver Cromwell and known worldwide for its 15th century bridge, complete with ancient chapel, spanning the River Ouse. This charming market town is home to a staggering 150 listed buildings, as well as The Golden Lion Hotel & Restaurant, a classic coaching inn dating back to the 18th century. Behind its historic façade, you’ll find a series of immaculately restored interiors where no oak floorboard has been left unturned when it comes to offering today’s visitor every modern day comfort.

Living up to its name as a market town, St Ives holds regular produce and farmers markets – a real draw for locals and visitors alike. Being slap bang in the middle of town, The Golden Lion's coffee house, bar and restaurant get busy early on, meaning a lively convivial atmosphere, boosted by the warm, friendly and enthusiastic staff. After an evening packed full of craft ales and fine wines, it’s just a short amble up to your cosy guest room. The Golden Lion was highly commended at The Publican Awards and is ranked as St Ives’ number one hotel on TripAdvisor.

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Public parking is available for a reasonable daily charge close by.

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  • Making the most of the central location near St Ives' markets and the River Ouse
  • The recently refurbished public areas are full of elegant touches with a modern twist
  • Tucking into locally sourced dishes in the renowned restaurant

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