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Surrounded by beautiful scenery but just a few minutes' walk from Hay-On-Wye's center, this charming inn has a traditional wooden-beamed bar. Dating back hundreds of years, Oliver Cromwell is rumored to have stayed in the 17th century.

The The Old Black Lion is close to the Lion Gate, an original entrance to the old walled town of Hay-on-Wye. There is free parking on site, and the surrounding Brecon Beacons National Park offers picturesque walks and views.

Each room is traditional in style, with a carpeted floor and private bathroom. Each also has a flat-screen TV for guests to use, and facilities for making tea and coffee.

An award winning lunch and dinner menu is available in the restaurant, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The The Old Black Lion has been awarded an AA Rosette for its high quality food. Please note that due to limited dining space it is highly advisable to book a table.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

The Old Black Lion has been welcoming guests since Aug 5, 2011

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Free Parking Available On Site


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4 reasons to choose The Old Black Lion

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Property questions and answers
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  • Is there secure bile storage overnight?
    Yes there is in our lockable shed or laundry rooms. We have space for around 8 bikes. We are happy to wash bidons, kit and help you prepare for the d...
    Answered on October 7, 2021
  • Hi can you request a late check out or an early check in?
    We are happy to safely store bags for you, but our latest check out time is 10.30 am. If rooms are ready, we will let you check in, but we cannot gua...
    Answered on May 10, 2021
  • is restarant open monday and tues
    Morning, Yes, our restuarant is open on both days. Kindest Regards, Jodie
    Answered on March 3, 2022
  • We are looking to book 2 ensuite rooms for 4 adults for one night to attend a wedding locally. Would we be able to check in at 12pm to freshen up and ...
    Good Morning, Unfortunately I only have one superior double room available on Saturday 6th August. Let me know if you want any recommendations of ot...
    Answered on February 13, 2022
  • Is there car parking on site ?
    Yes, there is a private car park for hotel guests
    Answered on April 10, 2021
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Area info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
Excellent location – show map
1 Restaurant On Site

    Booking is recommended, please phone to book a table.

    Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Amenities of The Old Black Lion
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Kids' meals Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Baggage storage
  • Packed lunches
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules The Old Black Lion takes special requests – add in the next step!


2:30 PM - 10:30 PM


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib by request
£5 per child, per night
Extra bed by request
£40 per child, per night
3+ years
Extra bed by request
£40 per person, per night

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The maximum number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check your selected room for the maximum capacity.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Maestro Mastercard Visa American Express The Old Black Lion accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

When booking [4] rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Please note that the restaurant is currently closed on Sunday evening and on Mondays and Tuesdays.

FAQs about The Old Black Lion

  • Guests staying at The Old Black Lion can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Gluten-free
    • À la carte

  • The Old Black Lion has 1 restaurant:

    • Booking is recommended, please phone to book a table.

  • Check-in at The Old Black Lion is from 2:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • The Old Black Lion offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • The prices at The Old Black Lion may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • The Old Black Lion is 1,150 feet from the center of Hay-on-Wye.

    • Room options at The Old Black Lion include:

      • Single
      • Double
      • Twin

    • From the nearest airport, you can get to The Old Black Lion by:

      • Train 3h 45min