REAL Ale Trail
25th Sept 2021
Our Conwy Real Ale Trail will be back in 2021! Our next Trail will be on 25th September 2021, if you have bought tickets for a postponed event – your tickets are valid for a 2021 trail of your choice.
People getting together over a beverage is core to our existence and that’s why we will return stronger than ever in 2021. We’re looking forward to celebrating everything we love about our favourite Welsh pubs. Our buses will be ready and waiting and we can’t wait to get back on the road travelling through beautiful countryside and sampling Welsh real ales along the way.
We’ll see you in the beer garden!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 as 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 11am and 10pm. Conwy Real Ale Trail runs twice a year in May and September.
Gwynne from Conwy Brewery with Sod the Bus, an exclusive ale for Conwy Real Ale Trail.
First, buy a ticket online or at any of the participating pubs on the trail. Tickets are £22 in advance and £25 on the day. Grab some friends who are 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 and joining in with the singing on the bus, discussing the merits of fine ale and going home happy. Don’t forget to take some pictures too!
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!
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.
Kings Head • Llandudno
Kings Head, The oldest pub in Llandudno, located near the famous Tram. The Kings Head is a traditional pub that provides a warm and friendly atmosphere, excellent cask-conditioned ales.
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
Recently crowned the Best Food & Drink Business in Conwy, Sheldon’s Bar joins the Trail for the first time this May.
George & Dragon • Abergele
Another new face to the Trail, the George & Dragon is a traditional pub located in Abergele.
Conwy Brewery is an award-winning microbrewery, brewing a range of Real Ales since 2003. Conwy Brewery has recently opened a new micropub – MASH at their brewery serving 4 Real Ales and other drinks too!
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.
The Marine Hotel, with its friendly atmosphere, is a great place to enjoy anything from a snack with a pint to a three-course meal with friends.
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!
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.
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.