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The Golden Lion Hotel



The Golden Lion is an intimate hotel featuring 29 bedrooms. Our Standard Rooms offer you a comfortable stay with en suite bathroom, TV and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. Thanks to our location on the seafront in Hunstanton, a number of bedrooms offer fantastic sea views. If you are looking to make your stay really special our Premier Rooms with 4 poster bed, a seating area to relax in and separate bath and shower offer the ultimate upgrade. If you have stayed at The Golden Lion before, you can also reserve your room by number for just £10 per room.
The Golden Lion Premier Room

The Golden Lion Premier Room

Our 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.


  • Luxurious four-poster bed 
  • En suite bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • 32 inch digital flat screen Television
  • Large rooms with comfortable seating
  • Hairdryer, shaving point and telephone
The Golden Lion Standard Room

The Golden Lion Standard Room

Our standard rooms are the perfect choice if you a looking for simple, crisp comfort. All our rooms have en suite facilities as well as a television, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En suite bathroom or shower room
  • Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Out & About

Nestling in a pretty corner of North Norfolk you'll find the delightful village of Hunstanton. Though it might be hard to tear yourself away from Hunstanton's lovely beaches, you'll find that there is much to see and do in this undiscovered corner of England. Here you can relax on the sandy beach, potter in the rock pools or just take in the views across The Wash. For the romantic in you, the sunsets must be seen to be believed. Hunstanton is well-placed to uncover the tranquil countryside and coastal treasures of "Hidden Norfolk". Visit the fascinating Sea Life Sanctuary or if you're a fan of the Royal family or just appreciate England's rich history, Sandringham Royal Estate is just five minutes from the hotel. Its opulent house and beautiful gardens are well worth a visit.

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.

Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events

Planning your trip around a specific event? Maybe you'd just like a bit more inspiration for things to see and do during your stay.

Click here for a guide to what's on when in and around Hunstanton.

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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website

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

Driving Directions

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By Car

Located on the East Coast of England, the Golden Lion is in Hunstanton near The Wash.

Use the directions above or put our postcode into your Sat Nav.

Alternatively, if you are coming by car 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 roundabout 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 £8.00 per day. There is some on street parking usually available.

By Train

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


Our restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a meal as it makes the most of our location with great sea views. Breakfasts are a hearty affair to start the day with a great choice of cooked options alongside cereals, toast and tea and coffee. With a daily changing dinner menu, our table d'hôte option offers traditional favourites served alongside modern classics. The varied menu will usually offer something from the sea, as well as meat and vegetarian options. There is always a selection of traditional desserts or cheese to finish your meal, followed by a coffee. During the day you can also enjoy a snack from the bar and when the weather is fine you can also enjoy the sunny garden seating - a great place to relax with some refreshments as you watch the world go by.

Enjoy a la carte dining

A three course table d'hôte dinner menu is offered as standard with all of our half board breaks. If you would like a wider choice at dinner you are welcome to choose from our a la carte menu for a small supplement. Each dish has a different supplement which is displayed on the menu.

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

Food Hygiene 4 Star
Meal Times

Monday to Sunday 8am to 10 am

Monday to Sunday 6pm to 8.15pm


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This hotel is ideal for:

  • Walking
  • Food
  • Seaside
  • Dog Friendly

The Golden Lion Hotel

Hunstanton is a traditional family resort on the Norfolk coastline. If you are looking for a rewarding break in this charming part of England, The Golden Lion is the perfect choice. The Golden Lion is a small hotel but a true icon of the town.  It is the oldest building in what was originally called “New Hunstanton,” as settlements in Hunstanton actually date back to prehistoric times. Built in 1846, it occupies an unrivalled position and from the hotel you can enjoy panoramic views over the pleasant green and sandy beach to the sea beyond. Read More

The Golden Lion features a popular public bar or if you’re looking for peace and quiet as you relax with a drink, the residents’ bar offers a cosy and welcoming option. In summer you can sit out in our pleasant gardens for a spot of people watching along the seafront as you sip a glass of wine or a pint of local ale.
The Golden Lion has a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy the sea views as you dine and a modern function room, perfect for special occasions. The Standard bedrooms offer simple, crisp comfort. There is also the option to upgrade to a Premier Room with sumptuous four-poster bed, large flat-screen TV and spacious en suite bathroom. 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 and famous cliffs. For a small fee we also accept dogs at the hotel by prior arrangement.

At a Glance

  • 29 Bedrooms 
  • Seafront location 
  • Wonderful views 
  • Small, intimate hotel 
  • Public bar and outside seating area 
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas 
  • 24 hour reception 
  • Check in time 3 pm
  • Check out time 10 am 
  • 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…

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.

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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An idyllic choice for an intimate wedding day


Seafront Location...

An intimate hotel with its own welcoming pub and bar, The Golden Lion is set in an idyllic location on the North Norfolk coast and is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. A historic building dating back to 1846, the hotel’s unrivalled position provides panoramic views over the pleasant green and sandy beach to the sea beyond, creating a beautiful spot to celebrate with friends and family and an incredible backdrop for your precious wedding photos.

Your Special Day...

We will ensure your day is a seamless and relaxing celebration with our friendly and attentive team here to help you every step of the way. There's nothing quite like having all your favourite people together for your wedding and we've seen some wonderful parties at The Golden Lion as the happy couple take over the whole hotel for their own use during their wedding.

To help plan your day in more detail we’d love to invite you to one of our Wedding Fairs and Open Evenings which are taking place throughout the year. Please see all dates at the bottom of the page.


Catering for you...

At The Golden Lion we happily cater for everything from formal sit-down meals to informal buffets. Wedding breakfasts can be catered for parties between 10 and 60 people and evening receptions from 30 up to 80 people.

We can help you with ideas for your reception from our extensive Banqueting Menus which have been carefully selected to offer great choice and variety and to suit different tastes and budgets. Alternatively, if you want to personalise your reception our chef will help you recreate your own favourite dishes, letting you add some of your own flair and style to the occasion.


The Golden Lion’s 29 bedrooms offer a variety of lovely options to suit your wedding party. Thanks to our wonderful seafront location a number of our bedrooms offer fantastic sea views, and our four-poster beds are a touch of luxury just perfect for your special occasion.

Speak to us about your wedding plans and our accommodation packages today by calling us direct on 01485 532 688 or by using the form below

Wedding Fairs and Events at The Golden Lion...

We offer a wide range of wedding packages available to suit all requirements and we’d love to meet you to discuss your needs for your perfect day. We are hosting a range of Wedding Fairs and Open evenings throughout the year where you will be able to view our hotel and facilities all set for the perfect wedding, and we can take the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

If you’d like to attend one of our open evenings or wedding fairs please contact our friendly team to confirm times on 01485 532 688

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