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Lion Hotel

(also known as Lion, formerly Red Lion)

Wyle Cop

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sunday11.00 am - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12:00 - 21:15


Compass Hospitality

About the Pub

A difficult venue to summarise, as whole books have been written about the place, this is one of the most historic hostelries in the town. The standard is set from the outset with entrance from the front being through a classic revolving door. It is a Grade 1 listed 16th century coaching inn and hotel, with 57 rooms and 2 suites, though most visible architecture is early Georgian.

The former principal public bar, the Oak Bar, by the entrance, ceased being used as a functioning bar in 2019 with the removal of the handpumps and other bar paraphernalia. Future unknown at the time of writing but may become a coffee lounge or cocktail bar.

The main public bar now is the Tudor Bar opposite the reception. This is a large beamed room with comfortable seating and a fine fireplace.

Historic Interest

During the 19th century the Lion was one of the most celebrated coaching inns in the country with several mail coaches a day travelling between the Lion and London. Charles Dickens stayed here in 1838, Paganini & Disraeli were also noted guests.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Sharp's Doom Bar

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Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Regionally Important Historic Interior

  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Parking Parking
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    59 rooms.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area

    Hayward Restaurant.

  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Outside smoking area, left out of hotel, towards garage.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Lion Hotel

Wyle Cop

Sat Nav Reference

52.70659, -2.75143


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (650m)



From south or east, pass Abbey, cross River Severn and continue up Wyle Cop. Hotel near top on left. From north or west follow one-way system for Telford. Hotel faces you at end of Dogpole

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