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Our Story

We’ve been on an incredible journey, let us tell you about it.

Lion Quays Resort sits on the beautiful and historic Oswestry waterways in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. Formerly the site of the Lion Inn Pub which had been left derelict, we fell in love with the location and had the vision to create three amazing experiences in one resort; a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa. We knew we had a lot of work to get through and began building Lion Quays Resort from the ground up. Beginning with our stunning Waterside restaurant, which proudly opened its doors in August 2003. With the Waterside restaurant complete, we focussed our attention on creating our luxurious hotel and welcomed our first guests in December 2004. Our third expansion was complete In November 2008, our luxury leisure club, spa and gym. The opening completed our vision to create a fun resort for guests to relax, rejuvenate and socialise in a luxurious setting while soaking up the friendly atmosphere and stunning waterside views. Since first opening in 2003, Lion Quays Resort continues to go from strength to strength, thanks to our loyal customers and our passion to continually improve the experience of our guests. We are extremely proud of our resort and the fact we are embedded in the heart of a landscape that is steeped in beauty and Great British heritage.

Lion Quays Resort in a Nutshell

Lion Quays provides three incredible experiences in one fun resort; a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa.

Modern, social and surrounded by stunning views, our Waterside restaurant offers a traditional menu and extensive drinks list, sure to tantalise your taste buds. Dine in style indoors or enjoy alfresco dining on the waterside.

Individually designed hotel rooms with stylish furnishings and luxurious Hypnos beds to help you enjoy a good night’s sleep.

A tranquil spa to take you on a journey of wellbeing to soothe your mind, body and soul. 

Situated on the Llangollen canal, part of which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The UNESCO is the only heritage site to sit in two different countries, Wales and England.

Near the Welsh border and close to Shrewsbury, Chester and Manchester making it the ideal location for business and leisure.

Lion Quays Resort Timeline


Waterside restaurant opened in August 2003.

Lion Quays hotel welcomed its first guests in December 2004.

Leisure facilities, spa and gym opened in November 2008.

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For a truly indulgent and unforgettable experience book your stay at Lion Quays Resort. Give us a call on 01691 684 300 or book online.

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Lion Quays was formerly the site of the Lion Inn Pub which had been left to go derelict by its previous owners; meanwhile the land was left to turn into swamp! Nevertheless we saw the potential of the location and built our hotel from the ground up. After proudly opening in December 2004, a year after our stunning restaurant the Waterside opened its doors in August 2003, these two Lion Quays ventures proved a resounding success; therefore it was time to expand and open our Country Club, Gym and Spa in November 2008.

Fortunately The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa has a positive track record and a successful history, thanks to its consistent loyalty of custom and the great feedback from all the new visitors that walks through its doors. Here at Lion Quays Hotel & Spa we are very proud to be embedded in the heart of a landscape that is steeped in beauty and Great British heritage. We are situated on the banks of the rolling Llangollen Canal, which covers a spectacular 88 miles! In fact 11 miles of the Canal is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, and, our claim to fame doesn’t stop there, this Heritage site is the only one in the world to sit in 2 different countries, Wales and England!

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In just a 30 minute walk from the Hotel, you can be at the start of this UNESCO registered site in Chirk, which runs through to the Horseshoe Falls in LLangollen.

"What is a UNESCO World Heritage site?”


UNESCO stands for ‘United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’, which is an institution that safeguards and actions the preservation of sites all around the world that are deemed of National cultural, scientific or historical importance.

This is why Lion Quays Hotel & Spa is honoured to be a part of the Llangollen Canal’s waterway.
The specific area that is recognised by UNESCO is the ‘Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal’, just a 10 minute drive from the Hotel.

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