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The Golden Lion Hotel



Whether you choose an impressive Premier Room or an elegant Standard Room, you won’t be disappointed by your Hunstanton accommodation. In total, the Golden Lion has 29 rooms which all feature en-suite facilities. Local attractions are fantastic, and the cocktails at the bar are very refreshing, but the best bit of your stay will no doubt be the blissful moment that you lie on the bed and put your favourite show on TV.
The Golden Lion Hotel Premier Room

The Golden Lion Hotel Premier Room

Often our most luxurious room option. Most premier rooms have four-poster beds and spacious en suite bathrooms that have been beautifully re-fitted to accommodate separate bath and shower options. These Premier Rooms normally offer a 32 inch flat screen digital television, as well as a comfortable seating area. The rooms also include a hairdryer and shaving point as well as tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Luxurious four-poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen Television
  • Large rooms with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer, shaving point and telephone
  • The above image represents a typical Premier Room
The Golden Lion Hotel Standard Room

The Golden Lion Hotel Standard Room

Our standard rooms contain everything you come to expect from a modern hotel. All our rooms have en-suite facilities as well as a television, hair dryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En-suite and WC.
  • Television.
  • Hairdryer.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.

Local Attractions

Though it might be hard to tear yourself away from Hunstanton’s lovely beaches, you’ll find that there are plenty of other things to do throughout the surrounding area. This Victorian seaside resort has been continually developed since the 1860s, and is one of Norfolk’s most popular coastal towns. Nobody knows whether the town was named after local Honeystone, or after the River Hun which begins its four-mile journey at Old Hunstanton Park. Yet, it’s impossible to deny that Hunstanton owes its popularity to the Le Strange family, who resided in the park’s moated hall throughout the 1800s.

Those interested in architecture and history will find many interesting venues to occupy their time, though recent developments have diversified the range of attractions on offer.

Hunstanton Sea Life SanctuaryHunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
Visitors of all ages love this fascinating sea front attraction, standing on the Promenade. Interactive pools filled with crabs and starfish are the perfect place to get up close to creatures of the deep, and you’ll find Nemo a million times over in the vibrant Clownfish Kingdom. Seals, penguins and otters live amongst the centre’s fishy residents, and the sharks are particularly popular. It takes just ten minutes to walk to the Sea Life Sanctuary from the Golden Lion, which makes it a great attraction to visit in any weather.

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Elton HallElton Hall
Those interested in historic buildings and carefully maintained gardens often take day trips to Elton Hall. It’s just a little less than 1.5 hours away, and is situated close to Peterborough in an extensive estate covering 3,800 acres. Part romantic and part gothic, the house is surrounded by mature trees and pretty ponds as well as an arboretum and shrub garden. The Loch Fyne Restaurant is a cosy traditional eatery serving locally sourced seafood, and the grounds also include a tea room and a lovely little garden centre.  Inside the house, you’ll see opulent rooms including marble halls, banqueting spaces, a chapel and a library.

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Grimsthorpe CastleGrimsthorpe Castle

1.5 hours from Hunstanton, Grimsthorpe Castle stands on the historic edge of the Lincolnshire Forest, where there are formal parks featuring mature interspersed oak trees. The house and gardens are open to the public, and are well-maintained with plenty of interesting features. Youngsters can enjoy the adventure playground, and all ages can view three species of deer that reside within the grounds. The tea rooms serve light lunches and traditional afternoon tea, and the shops are open throughout the year. It’s possible to book hot air balloon flights that depart from the grounds of Grimsthorpe, ideal as a luxury activity or for a unique wedding proposal.

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Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall is a mere 30-minute drive from the Golden Lion Hotel. It’s elegant but impressive – a large building set in well-kept grounds including a deer park, ornamental gardens, a sculpture park and stables. The world’s largest private collection of model soldiers can be found in the on-site Soldier Museum, and the grounds include a lovely gothic church. Within the Stable Block, there is a restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating.

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Sandringham HouseSandringham

Perhaps the region’s most famous attraction, the Sandringham Royal Estate includes Sandringham House and its gardens. More than 60 acres of land have been carefully maintained, with woodland walks and beautiful flowers. Parts of the estate are open to the public, and royal collections are housed in on-site museums. The visitor centre includes shops and a restaurant, and guided tours are available.

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Peckover HousePeckover House and Garden

A National Trust property, this fascinating building was home to the Peckover family of Quakers. It’s a Georgian residence that houses artifacts and exhibits, giving an insight into life in the Peckover household. Two-acre grounds include a rose garden and croquet lawn, as well as a barn and stable. The house was built in the early 1700s, and now includes a gift shop and a tea room as well as a second-hand book shop.  Garden tours are free, and many National Trust events are held throughout the year.

Oxburgh HallOxburgh Hall

This moated manor house is a popular National Trust attraction, originally built in the 15th century. The gardens include woodcarving trails, and the National Trust holds various events throughout the year. Visitors are sure to love the colourful floral gardens, and the on-site Catholic chapel, as well as the woodland walks.

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Houghton MillHoughton Mill
This attraction is an 18th century working watermill, which offers an interesting and educational day out. It’s about 1.5 hours from Hunstanton, and is a five-storey building situated on the Great Ouse River. You can buy flour that’s been through the traditional mill grinding system, and can walk through the surrounding meadows. This National Trust property includes on-site tea rooms, and plays host to a varied calendar of events.



The Green,
Hunstanton, Norfolk,
PE36 6BQ
Telephone: 01485 532 688

By Car

Located on the East Coast of England, the Golden Lion is in Hunstanton near The Wash. The following directions are from the A1(M):

Travelling north on the A1(M), exit at J17. Follow signs to the A1139, keeping right at the fork in the road. Merge on to the A1139, and take the second exit at the next roundabout travelling on to Peterborough Road. Continue on to Eye Road, and take the first exit at the next roundabout. Soon, you’ll come to another roundabout, where you should take the third exit on to the A47. Follow the A47, going straight over four roundabouts. At the fifth, take the first exit on to the A47/S Brunk, heading to Wisbech over four more roundabouts. Take the third exit at the next roundabout, and stay on the A47. Exit towards the Docks, and take the second exit at the roundabout marked A149/Queen Elizabeth Way. Go over two more roundabouts, before taking the first exit at the third to remain on the A149. Take the second exit at the next roundabout, go straight over the following roundabout and turn left at Greevegate. You’ll see the Golden Lion Hotel on your right.

Car Parking

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority car parking spaces. These can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is some on street parking usually available.

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By Train

The nearest railway station to Hunstanton is Kings Lynn approximately 16 miles away and about a 30 minute drive.


Food Hygiene 4 Star Whether you choose an impressive Premier Room or an elegant Standard Room, you won’t be disappointed by your Hunstanton accommodation. In total, the Golden Lion has 27 rooms which all feature en-suite facilities. Local attractions are fantastic, and the cocktails at the bar are very refreshing, but the best bit of your stay will no doubt be the blissful moment that you lie on the bed and put your favourite show on TV.

Sample Table D'hôte Menu


Garlic Mushrooms (v)
Sauteed mushrooms in a creme fraiche garlic and chive sauce served with a crisp toasted brioche

Homemade Cream of Carrot and Coriander Soup (v)
A temptingly tasty combination with homemade crispy croutons

Salmon and Pasta Salad
Flakes of poached salmon with fusilli pasta bound with creme fraiche lemon and chopped chives

Main Course

Grilled Pork Chop
Grilled and topped with sautéed apples, local cider sauce and roasted new potatoes

Sea Bass and Lime Fishcake
Flakes of sea bass and pollack combined with mashed potato, lime and ginger dressed with seasonal leaves and lemon mayonnaise

Tomato and Mozzarella Ravioli (v)
Classic vegetarian dish with a tangy tomato and herb sauce accompanied with garlic ciabatta bread


Apple and Sultana Pie
Slices of succulent apple in a sweet short crust, dusted with sugar and served hot with custard or cream

Belgian Chocolate and Raspberry Bombe
A sweet and rich chocolate mousse with a crusted raspberry soft centre

A selection of Ice Cream
Served with a crispy wafer

Freshly brewed Douwe Egberts Coffee and Mints

Why not upgrade?
To improve your dining experience and give you more choice we have introduced an à la carte menu to supplement our Table D'hôte offering. Guests staying on any of our half board package breaks are now able to upgrade to our à la carte menu for a reduced rate. Bon appetit.
Meal Times

Monday to Sunday 8am to 10 am

Monday to Sunday 6pm to 8.15pm


The Golden Lion Hotel

Set in a perfect position overlooking golden sands, green spaces and the beautiful blue sea, The Golden Lion is Hunstanton’s largest building and is amongst the most impressive. It was built in 1846, and is a town icon with panoramic views.

In the summer, hotel guests can sit in the gardens and watch the people that pass by as they sip a glass of wine. In winter, the cosy bar is the perfect place to enjoy anything from a pint of beer to a freshly-brewed coffee. If you’re looking for convenience then you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel has a 24-hour reception and an internet connection, as well as on-site parking so that you can leave your car behind to take a stroll along the beach.

The Golden Lion has a lovely restaurant and a modern function room, perfect for special occasions. Though the Standard bedrooms are tasteful and spacious, complete with en-suites and tea and coffee-making facilities, the Premier rooms really stand out with sumptuous four-poster beds, large flat-screen TVs and full en-suite bathrooms. Whichever room you choose, you’re assured a relaxing stay on the Norfolk Coast, just ten minutes from the Sandringham Royal Estate and within easy reach of some of the county’s most interesting walking trails.


  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • 24 hour reception with night porter
  • Patio Area
  • Public Bar
  • Check in time 3pm
  • Check out time 10:30am
  • Car Parking
  • Dog friendly

Get in touch

Photograph of Zoe, Hotel Manager of The Golden Lion Hotel Hotel

Zoe, Hotel Manager

A Warm Welcome To The Golden Lion Hotel…

North Norfolk is something of a hidden gem, but there is so much to discover in this picturesque corner of Britain.

Our location is the best in the town only a short walk across the road to the Sea front or just around the corner is a number of unique shops. The views across the Wash are stunning and our Sunsets are breath taking. These views can be experienced from our Restaurant, the garden or a number of the bedrooms.

The building itself was built in 1846 making it the oldest building in the Town. Our public bar, The Lion Inn has been recently refurbished giving it a vibrant feeling attracting not only our guests but locals also. Why not try one of our cocktails; my favourite is The Lioness Special.

We have a number of great places to visit whilst staying at the Hotel. I would recommend The Royal Household at Sandringham which is a 10 minute drive, Holkham Hall which is very popular and a favourite of mine is Hunstanton Sealife Centre the seal pups are adorable.


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What some of our guests have to say…

Customer Rating:

My Mum and I have just returned from a short break At the Golden Lion. A lovely hotel in a stunning location. Rooms and food both very good. Staff friendly and helpful.

Helen Porter Nottingham
Customer Rating:

On arrival we were welcomed warmly and given all information we needed, we always felt that if we needed anything we only had to ask, all staff were always friendly and helpful at all times. Our hotel room was really nice as was the food. Hunstanton is a lovely place for walks and by using the coast hopper bus you can explore further. Thanks for such a lovely break.

Noreen and Rob Hubbard Norfolk
Customer Rating:

We have just returned home from a 3 day break. Loved the food, the staff were very helpful and friendly... would certainly visit again and hopefully very soon.

B Burdon Corby

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The Golden Lion Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding reception as, not only is it a beautiful property, but it is set in an idyllic location. We offer a professional and dedicated team, so whatever your ideas, we will do our best to accommodate them.

Perfect Day...

We know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. At The Golden Lion Hotel, we pride ourselves on making your reception one to remember forever. Naturally you want it to be a truly perfect day for you and your partner as well as your family and friends, so let us assist you with the planning and preparation. We are here to help you every step of the way and we will do our best to see that everything runs smoothly as it possibly can.

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Wedding Breakfast...

We can offer menu ideas for your reception from our extensive Banqueting Menus, which have been carefully selected to offer maximum diversity whilst understanding the demands of taste and budgets, or we can work with the chef to create your own favourite dishes, adding your own flair and style to the occasion. Wedding breakfasts can be catered for parties between 10 and 60 people and evening receptions from 30 up to 80 people.


At The Golden Lion Hotel we combine the individual charm of the building with all the modern facilities and creature comforts. We offer special accommodation rates for your family and friends attending your wedding.

We have a variety of rooms to suit your guests' requirements. We do advise that you confirm your requirements as soon as possible and we will be happy to offer a special overnight accommodation rate to any guests wishing to stay with us. Above all, we are flexible and can discuss any requirements you may have in greater detail to ensure we take the stress out of organising your special day.

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