Colchester Town Centre

Opposite the Town Hall

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Situated in the Heart of Colchester, on the High Street, the Red Lion Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building. The building has original Tudor features. Ask for one of our original bedrooms and enjoy wattle and daub walls, mullioned windows, ancient beams. Enjoy a little history in the second oldest hostelry in England.The individually decorated en suite rooms mix traditional charm with modern comforts, including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi & tea and coffee making facilities.

The Red Lion's old banqueting hall is now the Parliament Restaurant. The restaurant offers classic dishes and still has the original wood-beamed ceiling. There is also a bar and 24-hour room service is available.The hotel is opposite Colchester's Town Hall and a short walk from a multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. Colchester Town Rail Station is 5 minutes away and the University of Essex a further 10 minutes.

Parking is available at a discounted rate in the public car park 700 metres away.

  • Plan Ahead save 10%

    Good things come to those who plan ahead. Whether you’re planning a business trip, weekend getaway or family trip, book your stay 7 days or more in advance and save 10% off our best available rate.

  • Special Occasions Package

    Celebrate your birthday, engagement, anniversary or milestone achievement with our bespoke Special Occasions Package. Kick off your stay with a welcome bottle of chilled sparkling wine and chocolates. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner in our restaurant followed by a well-deserved night’s sleep in your comfortable bedroom. Breakfast in bed if you want to snuggle under the duvet for that little bit longer. Late Check out on Sundays until 1pm.

  • Wine and Dine Offer

    Whisk your special someone away for a spontaneous one-night break, including a three-course evening meal and a complimentary bottle of wine for two guests.


“A SUPERB HOTEL WITH A GLORIOUS HISTORY” I just ❤ this hotel. The Red Lion Hotel is oozing with history, dating back to 1485- if not earlier. I ❤ the "Wattle & Daub" of black & brown beams interspersed with whitewashed walls.