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Britain, places to visit, attractions, heritageThis is the place to search for places and things of interest to visit in Britain, by name, location, type, keyword – or just have a browse.  It is a growing directory – over 750 entries as of February 2020.  Most entries have links for further information.

Pubs and Inns

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Hardraw Force, England's highest unbroken waterfall above ground, can only be visited via the Green Dragon Inn in Hardraw, where you will need to pay a small fee. It is worth the effort if you're in the area, but don't expect Niagara Falls. Take stout footwear. The pub is highly tempting.

Location/Address: Hardraw
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: DL8 3LZ
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: A bit about Hardraw Force
Tip/Nearby: Hawes
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

There has been an inn on the site of the City’s George & Vulture since the 15th century, but it burnt down in the Great Fire of 1666. Originally called ‘The George’, the vulture bit was added because (allegedly) the rebuilt inn was partly leased to a wine merchant whose sign was a live vulture, tethered above the entrance. These days, it is known as a favourite watering-hole of Charles Dickens, who mentioned it several times in ‘Pickwick Papers’ and whose descendants sometimes meet there. It is not a pub, but a restaurant with varied reviews. This writer has no personal experience of it, but from the outside it looks like a public lavatory.

Location/Address: 3 Castle Court
County: London
Post Code: EC3 9DL
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Tip/Nearby: Between Bank and Leadenhall Market
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Sky Garden is a bar and restaurant complex on the top 3 floors of the 'Walkie-Talkie' - 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London. This controversial 38-storey office block was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly - the footplate actually increases in size as you ascend the building. It cost £200million and was constructed between January 2009 and May 2014. Sky Garden, which has restricted, but free, public access, was opened in 2015. Here you can enjoy an expensive drink or a meal with some fabulous views over Britain's capital city. You need to book in advance via the website (see below).

Location/Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk
20 Fenchurch Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3M 8AF
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: London's Sky Garden
Useful Website Address: Sky Garden website
Tip/Nearby: All City of London sites
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

One of London’s most famous pubs, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (not to be confused with the plain, common or garden, 'Cheshire Cheese' nearby) has allegedly been supped at over the centuries by the likes of Pepys, Wren, Johnson, Dickens and Wodehouse.  It was restored after the Great Fire of 1666, so its heritage goes back beyond that. It’s a bit of a labyrinth and needs to be explored – the lower vaults are probably extremely old – as well as basic and sometimes rowdy, but generally friendly.  In days gone by, it had a resident parrot (Polly), whose stuffed remains are apparently still there somewhere. T’is also said that, once upon a time, selected visitors were offered a free pipe of tobacco. None of that these days – and mobile phones are actively discouraged.

Other 'Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese' pubs are available.


Location/Address: 145 Fleet Street
County: London
Post Code: EC4A 2BU
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: North side of Fleet Street, not far from Ludgate Circus
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Victorian pub forever associated with John Lennon, who used to use it (often) when attending Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s. It is an unpretentious local, with a few references to its famous ex-customer and some nice artwork.

Location/Address: 13 Rice Street
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L1 9BB
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: When Cyn and John got it together
Useful Website Address: Ye Cracke's website
Tip/Nearby: Just round the corner from 'The Philly' - the Philharmonic on Hope Street
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Known as 'the Philly', this is a grand pub opposite Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, built in grand Victorian splendour rather in the style of a gentlemen's club. Gents - you really should check out the gents!  The Philly has been - and probably still is - visited by the great and the good of Liverpool.

Location/Address: 36 Hope Street
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L1 9BX
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Ye Cracke, John Lennon's college pub, is round the corner in Rice Street
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Victorian dock area, originally built of iron, stone and brick, now fully restored and claiming to be the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The complex includes car parking, hotels, shops, restaurants and several museums, including: Slavery Museum; Maritime Museum; Beatles Story; and Tate Liverpool. Albert Dock is about a 20-30 minute walk from Lime Street station.

Location/Address: Liverpool Waterfront
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 4AA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Albert Dock website
Tip/Nearby: 5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

One of several pubs in Britain claiming to be the oldest, 'the Trip' is built into the rock beneath Nottingham Castle and reputedly dates from 1189. Legend has it that this was a place of rest for pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem. The pub is steeped in history, with a touch of spookiness, and inevitably gets very crowded.

Location/Address: Brewhouse Yard
County: Nottinghamshire
Post Code: NG1 6AD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Trip to Jerusalem's website
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Saracen's Head, Southwell

Previously known as The King's Head, the historic Saracen's Head Hotel in Southwell is where King Charles I stayed before surrendering to the Scots' army in 1647. It is now a pub, hotel and wedding venue.

Location/Address: Market Place
County: Nottinghamshire
Post Code: NG25 0HE
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Saracen's Head Hotel website
Tip/Nearby: Southwell Minster, Southwell Workhouse
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

One of the oldest pubs in London, said to date from 1585. Full of legends, it was either named because it was once the home of the Spanish Ambassador, or because it was owned by two Spanish brothers, who quarrelled over a woman. Dick Turpin is said to have been a former customer and there are several ghosts. It has appeared in work by Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker - and it has been claimed that Keats wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale' in the garden. The garden, incidentally, is great. A busy, but must visit, kind of place - situated close to Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath.

Location/Address: Spaniards Road
County: London
Post Code: NW3 7JJ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: A stroll across Hampstead Heath
Useful Website Address: Spaniards Inn website
Tip/Nearby: Kenwood House, Keats House, Hampstead Heath
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
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