About Our Hotel

About The Hotel

The privately owned Best Western Lion hotel is superbly located within easy access of the A1, M1, M18 and only twenty minutes from Doncaster Sheffield International Airport.

Situated in the quaint market town of Worksop the BEST WESTERN Lion Hotel has 46 ensuite bedrooms, 108 restaurant which is available for private hire, 114 Bar & Grill selling premium coffees, liquors and beers and serving scrumptious dishes crafted by our Head Chef Nathan Gordon. 4 conference and function rooms inlcuding the newly refurbished Portland Suite.

The hotel is believed to date back further than 1601 with records showing an inventory dated in this year indicating a change of ownership.

Throughout the years there have been numerous refurbishments and substantial rebuilds with its present appearance dating from the late 18th century.

Today the hotel has been expanded to offer all the modern amenities expected of a quality hotel, yet retains all its charm and character.


  • 20 miles to Sheffield
  • 15 miles to Sheffield Meadowhall
  • 10 miles to Doncaster
  • 5 minutes from the train station
  • 4 miles to the Hills
  • 7 miles to Sherwood Forest
  • 2 miles to Clumber Park

Hotel History

Very little is actually known of the early history of The Best Western Lion Hotel. It was thought to have been built in the early 17th Century with much debate on the actual date, although records show an inventory dated 1601 that indicated a change of ownership that year. Throughout the years there have been numerous refurbishments and substantial rebuilds with its present appearance dating from the late 18th Century.

Previously named 'The Red Lion', the inn had a dubious reputation during these early years, as an extract from the diary of Colonel John Byng dated 1789 reads;

'it was a paltry looking inn; taking possession of a poor parlour and ordinary supper.... Nothing could have been nastier than our inn at Worksop; with ill cooking, stinking feather beds and a conceited fool of a landlady.'

One of the next earliest existing records is of a meeting held at The Red Lion on the 27th June 1745. This was to find out how many townsmen of Worksop were of 'no unlawful calling' and thus eligible to be levied into the army.

By 1870 the infamous Red Lion had changed its name to The Lion Hotel and had turned its reputation around. It had become the principle house in the town with a large range of amenities unlikely that any other establishment in the district could rival. Behind the Georgian fade were three private sitting rooms, twenty two bedrooms, two large rooms used as market and dining rooms, commercial and coffee rooms, a bar, a taproom, a billiard room, kitchens, pantries and cellars. Facing the yard at the rear of the hotel was stabling for up to thirty six horses, coach houses, wash houses and other outbuildings. A most impressive range and standard for that certain period of history.

The Lion Hotel continued this standard of service well up until the late 19th Century with numerous owners and landlords until 1975 when it was threatened with demolition by Whitbread breweries. The Brewery had presented outline plans for the redevelopment of the site as a modern shopping arcade and office block. However the council stepped in and announced that The Lion Hotel would be placed on a statutory list of buildings of historic and architectural interest complied by the secretary of state, thus saving the building.

The Lion was closed for a brief spell in 1976 before being reopened in 1982 with a new owner. The hotel changed hands a few times more before finally being purchased by 'Cooplands (Doncaster) Ltd' who owned the Hotel until early 2012 when it was purchased by SportsDirect.com. Now a well renowned forty six bed roomed hotel with excellent modern amenities, it still retains all of its charm and character of the past and has even kept a few of its old residents.

One ghostly resident in particular likes to make headlines in the local paper, namely Alice, a spurned serving wench who was said to have committed suicide in the building in the 18th Century. Said to have once favoured the dark attic Alice may have been disturbed by building work and has since been reported to have given several employees and residents a shock by appearing in bedrooms, humming, singing and even crying along empty corridors. Her favourite haunt, room 201 with its exposed beams and quaint dressing room, has an air of mystery with only the bravest of guests daring to spend the night alone.

Getting About

The Best Western Lion Hotel is easily accessible by rail and road, so to help plan your journey please find below some additional information.

By Rail

Worksop Train Station is a brisk 12 minute walk from the hotel.

If you choose to visit the hotel by train please ring the hotel in advance to the day of arrival should you require transport from the station to the hotel.

To plan your duty and purchase rail tickets visit www.thetrainline.com

By Bus

Should you prefer to reach us by bus please find below some websites to help plan your journey. The main bus station is a 6 minute walk from the hotel, visit www.nationalexpress.com, www.stagecoachbus.com

By Bicycle

If you're on a touring holiday or are travelling by car but wish to bring your bikes in order to explore the local beauty spots, the hotel is able to offer safe storage of your bikes.

Please arrange directly with the hotel prior to arrival.

By Car

The hotel has some car parking spaces. Adjacent to our car park is a pay and display which is free after 6.00pm and all day on a Sunday.The hotel is unable to reserve car parking spaces.

To navigate to the hotel car park using SAT NAV, please enter the postcode S80 1LJ

By Taxi

Nunns Cars

Our Awards

A great location for business or pleasure.

The Best Western Lion Hotel is privately owned. The hotel is situated in Worksop, a central location for all major attractions in the South Yorkshire region. We offer excellent services and facilities and have a 3 star AA rating and a Silver Green Tourism Award, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012! 

The Best Western Lion Hotel is surrounded by lots of things to do for all ages. We can organise tickets and transport for you to local attractions, see below what is on offer in the area and the distance from the Hotel:

  • Bolsover Castle - 13 miles
  • Rufford Country Park - 14 miles
  • Go Ape - High Wire Forest Adventure - 12 miles
  • Hodsock Priory Gardens - 5 miles
  • Creswell Crags - 6 miles
  • Wetlands Waterfowl Reserve & Exotic Bird Park - 14 miles
  • Sheffield Ski Village - 19 miles
  • Bawtry Paintball Fields - 15 miles
  • Doncaster Dome (ice skating, swimming, climbing wall) - 22 miles
  • Superbowl - 13 miles
  • Rother Valley Country Park - 10 miles
  • Savoy Cinema - 0 miles


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Best Western Lion Hotel
112 - 114 Bridge Street
S80 1HT
Sat Nav post code: S80 1LJ
Green tourism - Silver Award Quality in Tourism

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