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Red Lion Inn Information


The Red Lion Inn is a traditional 15th Century Lakeland Inn (the oldest pub in Hawkshead), situated in the picturesque and charming village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. Original features of the 15th Century coaching inn that it once was include an open fire, oak panelling, sloping ceilings and wooden beams. We offer comfortable & clean accommodation that is full of character. Choose from bed and breakfast or bed, breakfast & evening meal options with traditional home cooked food, a wide range of wines & spirits and superbly kept cask ales from around the area ~ see the 'Good Beer Guide' 2016, 2017 AND 2018! The Red Lion Inn is very dog friendly (we have doggie snacks & a doggie menu) and welcome well behaved owners with one dog, please advise us at the time of booking as not all of our rooms are pet friendly. The Red Lion Inn is perfect for those wishing to visit the villages of Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere, Keswick and Bowness. Hawkshead is a great location to explore the surrounding area with Grizedale Forest 3 miles away, Esthwaite Water a mile & a half away, Tarn Hows is approximately 3 miles away & Hilltop 2 miles away - all within walking (or cycling) distance of the Red Lion Inn. It is also a great place for a relaxing break in one of the quieter, yet more interesting corners of the Lake District. Why not while away the hours in a cheerful, relaxed & informal atmosphere (by the log fire in the colder months) with friends old & new.


  • Bar
  • Free WiFi internet
  • WiFi internet


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Activities and Experiences

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Lake
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping
  • Tennis court - outdoor
  • Theatre
  • Walking


Unfortunately wheelchair access is limited to the Inn only. ALL of our guest accommodation is above the Inn on two levels. There is NO ground floor accommodation.


Check in: 15:00 till 22:00
Early check-in available on request
Check out: 11:00
Late check-out available on request
Child Policy: Children welcome
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pets: Pets welcome
Accommodation type: Inn
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from M6, Junction 36 (32.0 miles)
    Leave M6 at junction 36, take A590 exit to Barrow At roundabout continue straight onto Ambleside Road/A591 At lights, take slight left onto Borans Road/A5095 Turn left onto A593 Stay on A593 until slight left onto B5286 Continue onto Main Street, Hawkshead. 45 min (32 mi) Red Lion Inn Main St, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, Hawkshead LA22 0NS


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