Conwy REAL Ale Trail
2024

Conwy Real Ale Trail
No trail this September unfortunately, see you in the spring.

If you’ve been on the hunt for an excellent day out to spend with your friends well here it is, it’s an ideal time to gather your buddies you’ve not seen in ages and head on out to catch the Real Ale Trail.

Spend a day rediscovering the charm of authentic Welsh pubs and unique Welsh real ales, without having to worry about who’s driving! The trail takes you to some of the best pubs and microbreweries, found in the villages dotted around Conwy County. The route is always changing – new pubs and new ales are added to every trail, so there’s always something new to experience.

For those of you that will travel from outside Wales, Croeso I Gymru – Welcome to Wales.

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CONWY REAL ALE TRAIL

This event stands out because it is like no other event; it is a bus-based, moving festival. This festival takes place in multiple locations that you get to on a shuttle bus. It picks you up and takes you to various locations where you can try various new ales. The pubs themselves are also filled with a range of ale, food, and entertainment that will keep you on your feet throughout the time that you choose to stay. 

Take the scenic route…

Beers aside, the trail gives Real Ale lovers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery, wonderful towns and villages and crisp seaside air Conwy has to offer, with the bus taking in Llandudno, Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay and more!

Calling all Real Ale lovers!

We specialise in Real Ale Festivals for people who like small independent pubs mixed together with the local microbreweries and we arrive in Conwy twice a year. We like to tempt thirsty visitors from home and afar with our Ale Trails because people like to be taken to smashing pubs bursting with character, some of which you’ll probably have not visited (the quirkier the better in our books as they look after the ale well).

If you’re a fan of a good day out with good mates, locally brewed ales or pubs bursting with character, then this one-day moving beer festival will be right up your street.

Showcasing what Conwy pubs have to offer
Over 50 ales to be explored, but not all at once…

As ever, there is a minimum of three real ales in each pub (with at least 50 ales on the whole Trail) but if ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available and lots of atmosphere to soak up as well!

EXCLUSIVE REAL ALES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY ON THE DAY

We also try and include a tiny brewery on the trail, Microbreweries that only sell locally, and that don’t often open to the public. Local microbreweries – Conwy Brewery, Great Orme and Wild Horse Brewery have all made exclusive Real Ale for the Conwy Real Ale Trail only available on the day.

Since Conwy’s first Trail in May 2017, we have attracted visitors from all over Wales, as far down as Devon and even from Ireland.

There is no better time to enjoy a day out with friends tasting locally brewed ales than now, as nobody needs to worry about who is driving.  So grab your buddies together, get yourself some tickets online or at the pubs and let us bus you around the wonderful coast and countryside of the borough of Conwy and its finest watering holes.

Don’t forget you can start and finish at any of the pubs on the route and start and finish at any time between 11 am and 9 pm. Conwy Real Ale Trail runs twice a year in May and September.

All aboard, tickets please!

First, buy a ticket online or at any of the participating pubs on the trail. Tickets are available both in advance and on the day but tickets purchased in advance are always cheaper, plus, we suggest you don’t wait for the day as we can’t guarantee there will be tickets left. Grab some friends who are a great company and make you laugh, board the bus with your ticket (singing is not compulsory but we encourage it) and prepare to enjoy a day of quaffing local ales, sampling the food and entertainment, discussing the merits of fine ale.

A ticket gets you unlimited travel all day long, and if you are brave you can go around the route as many times as you like. From experience, we might add that this is unlikely!

Superb I hear you say, and a bottoms up from us!

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PUBS PREVIOUSLY ON THE Conwy REAL ALE TRAIL

The Real Ale Trail comes to Conwy and follows the same principles as all the other trails. Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friends.

 

The Albert • Llandudno

The Albert is a family-friendly, popular food and real ale pub in the heart of Llandudno. It prides itself on serving a hearty mix of homecooked meals, accompanied by a mix of local and popular ales, beers, wines and spirits and topped off with friendly, welcoming service.

Rhos Fynach • Rhos-on-Sea

The Rhos Fynach, now a beautifully restored pub and restaurant, was originally a 12th-century monastery with secret tunnels linking it to the nearby tiny, 6th century, Chapel of St Trillo. This was the home to the monks who fished the weir off Rhos Point to provide the catch for the larger monastery in Conwy at the time. The oldest building in the area, built-in 1181 AD, Rhos Fynach (literally meaning ‘Monk’s Marsh’) offers haven, nourishment AND history for the weary traveller or the holidaying family!

Serving traditional ales and a constant roaring fire is still one of the many fine features available making this a favourite place to rest awhile.

Sheldon’s Bar • Colwyn Bay

More of a Vine bar then a boozer but serves great ales.

George & Dragon • Abergele

The George & Dragon is a traditional pub located near Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Conwy Brewery • Llysfaen

Conwy Brewery is an award-winning microbrewery, brewing a range of Real Ales since 2003. 

Red Lion • Old Colwyn

New to the Trail this May. The Red Lion is a traditional Real Ale pubs, known for it’s excellent selection of well kept ales.

Snowdon Craft Beer • Mochdre

    Conwy’s newest microbrewery focusing on brewing new and exciting flavours! Try their craft beers on the Trail meters from where they are brewed!

The Mulberry • Conwy

Enjoy a pint with a view at the Mulberry! The Mulberry is situated on the Conwy Marina looking out across the Irish Sea with a backdrop of the Great Orme and Deganwy Quay.

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How to be safe
and enjoy the trail

To keep our publicans, bus drivers, and fellow ale trailers safe from the spread of covid. We would like you to consider the following guidelines for this event if you would.
  • If you suffer any symptoms of covid please don’t attend the trail.
  • It’s always good practice to take a negative test the morning of an event.
  • We don’t expect you to wear a mask on the shuttle bus but understand you might want to out of respect for fellow passenger. Your choice.
  • But most all enjoy time with your friends in great locations.