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Bus Based Real Ale Trail? How does it work…

See the explained video below for a snap shot of the event!

We are often asked about how the Real Ale Trail works. It’s pretty simple really… The non stop R.A.T bus chauffeurs you all day through spectacular countryside to rural pubs in the following locations, FlintshireSnowdoniaWrexham, Conwy,  Wirral and soon Chester and Cardiff.

We make a beeline for quirky, off the beaten track and hidden pubs, ones you’ve probably never visited before (some are in the middle of nowhere). We visit pubs were Real Ale and great hospitality is their thing.   All you need to do is buy a ticket from the Pub or on-line here. Pick up a Map, plan where you want to meet with friends and jump on the bus. The ticket gets you unlimited travel all day, and if you are brave you can go around the route as many times as you like…(unlikely we might add).

  Jobs for the day!  Grab friends who make you laugh, board the bus (singing not compulsory but we encourage it) and thoroughly enjoy the food, drink and entertainment of all the pubs involved.

Your day could go like this …..Get your ticket, mind the step, enjoy the local ales, sample the food, entertainment and join in with the singing on the bus.

The real key to having a great time on this event is to share it with great friends.

For the Real Ale enthusiasts, there’s a minimum of three real ales in each pub (50 ales always on each trail) we also have micro breweries creating speciality ales just for the day as well as small batch ales never to be experienced again. But don’t worry if ale isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of other drinks available sometimes we like to invite the boutique Gin makers join us too.


To be part of the Ale Trail you will need to be over 24 and buy a bus ticket, you can get this from any participating pubs. Grab a map of the route, work out where you are going to start and meet up with friends and boom,  you’re ready; the hardest part of the day is deciding where to start your journey?


The idea of the trail is not to get drunk but rather to enjoy ale and food responsibly. Pubs will not serve you if you have a few too many,  so do remember to eat and drink water between stops.

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