Golden Lion Hotel, Hunstanton

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Golden Lion Hotel
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Golden Lion Hotel, Hunstanton is located in Norfolk
Golden Lion Hotel, Hunstanton
General information
LocationHunstanton, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, England
AddressCliff Parade
PE36 6BQ
Coordinates52°56′25.17″N 0°29′18.10″E / 52.9403250°N 0.4883611°E / 52.9403250; 0.4883611
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Butterfield
Other information
Number of rooms27 en-suite bedrooms
Number of restaurants1
Number of bars1 (The Lion Bar)
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated20 September 1984
Reference no.1342241[1]

The Golden Lion Hotel is in the coastal English town of Hunstanton, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, England.[2] It is a three-star hotel and has been a Grade II listed building since 20 September 1984.


The hotel stands in a prominent position on the landward side of Cliff Parade overlooking the Green.[3] It has wide panoramic views of the sea and Hunstanton’s main beach.


The area in which this hotel stands was conceived as New Hunstanton and was the brain child of Henry Le Strange of Hunstanton Hall.[4] Le Strange wanted Hunstanton to develop as a sea-side resort with the expected arrival of the railway, which finally arrived in 1862.[4] Le Strange’s son Hamon controlled the later part of the scheme, and he employed several London architects to bring his father's plans to realization. One of those architects was William Butterfield,[5] who had a hand in redeveloping the original New Inn into the Golden Lion Hotel.


The building seen today is built from the local carrstone, which is laid in a random coursed manner around the doorways and windows are dressed with stone quoins and mullions in the high Victorian Tudor Gothic style. The building is set on an L-shaped ground floor plan.


  1. ^ Historic England. "Golden Lion Hotel (1342241)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 236” – King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-23808-3.
  3. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  4. ^ a b Norfolk 2: Norfolk: North-west and South, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson. Hunstanton entry, Page 214: ISBN 0-300-09657-7
  5. ^ Reference to Hamon Le Strange retrieved 30 January 2013