Historic Pubs of the UK

You can’t beat a good pint after work or at the weekend when the sun is out, and despite there being a pub in every village in the UK, there’s nothing better than coming across a charming little pub, with the kindle crackling in the open fire, bags of character and beautifully restored architecture. What is even more interesting is the history behind the timber frames and beautiful oak doors. From old hanging galleries to tales of ghosts and more. Sitting by an open fire within a building full of wonder and mystery, with a pint of their finest ale, is nothing less than perfect.


Despite the unfortunate demolition and refurbishment of thousands of UK pubs;  there are still many standing that thankfully have listed status, and have been sympathetically restored and maintained. Here are a list of 5 Historic UK Pubs that would be well worth a visit;

1. The George Inn, Southwark London.

London’s only surviving galleried coach in, The George Inn is situated on the Thames close to London Bridge. Fortunately the National Trust now maintain The George Inn as it was close to demolition, due to the decline of coaching inns as railways advanced.

The George Inn

Divided into several bars, The Parliament Bar was used as a waiting room for coachmen and passengers, and to this day stands a rare Parliement Clock! More famously however was The Middle Bar; where the Great Charles Dickens would regularly sit and converse.

2. The Philharmonic, Liverpool Merseyside.

Another of the 5 Historic UK Pubs, The Philharmonic would be understated, to be described as overwhelming. Probably the most famous Victorian pub in the UK, it was designed by Walter Thomas with the aid of Liverpool University’s Architecture Department.

The Philharmonic in Liverpool

The Philharmonic is aesthetically outstanding, both inside and out. No surface is left untouched, from stained glass to mosaic tiles and mahogany paneling etched with copper leaf.

3. The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer Cumbria.

The Lake District is by far one of the most famous areas of the UK for outstanding natural beauty. Needless to say, one of the 5 Historic UK Pubs is perfectly situated within the beautiful area of Brigsteer.

The Wheatsheaf in Cumbria

The Wheatsheaf did infact originate as 3 cottages before becoming a public house. It is now beautifuully restored and is famous with locals and tourists alike, for it’s fine dining and pleasant atmosphere.

4. The King’s Arms, Rutland.

One of the finest of the 5 Historic UK Pubs, is that of The King’s Arms. Built in the mid-17th century, it’s fire still crackles and roars on a cold winters day.

The Kings Arms

Serving traditional fine ales and impressive food, it is most definitely a pub to curl up and admire for some length of time.

5. The Oxford Bar, Edinburgh.

Known as the ‘Ox’ The Oxford Bar, situated on Young Street in Edinburgh is a true inspiration to writers and artists from all over. As one of the 5 Historic UK Pubs, it is also the famous watering hole of the fictional Inspector Rebus, created by the author Ian Rankin.

The Oxford Bar

Perhaps with it’s peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, it comes as no surprise that it many a poem or piece of literature has risen from the beams of the ‘Ox’.

This is obviously not by any means an extensive list, but highlights 5 Historic UK Pubs, that certainly carry a lot more interest and intrigue than the average modern bar. Enjoy.

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