20 April 2024

Saturday, 20 April 2024


The Shropshire bus-based Real Ale Trail will take you to some of the best rural real ale pubs in the Shropshire countryside, so you can sample locally brewed unique ales without worrying who’s driving!

Tickets get you unlimited bus travel during the Shropshire Real Ale Trail on our dedicated bus service.

Tickets will be available to collect the day before the event!


Date: Saturday, 20 April 2024

Time: 11am – 9pm

Calling all ale enthusiasts around the Shropshire countryside – your Shropshire Real Ale Trail tickets are available now!

Following on the success of previous trails, it’s time to get ready for another extraordinary day out as the highly anticipated Shropshire Real Ale Trail returns. This one-day moving bus-based festival offers a unique opportunity to explore the charming pubs of Shropshire while indulging in a variety of handcrafted ales with your best friends without the worry of driving.

Go on – get your Shropshire Real Ale Trail tickets now!

How it works

You purchase tickets online and we send the tickets to the pub of your choice to pick up before or on the day of the event. You can start at any of the pubs at any time, but we advise an early start as you need to get around them all. The event runs from 11 am to 9 pm.

If you want to know more, then click here to see how it works.

Buses pick you up at the pub and run every 45ish minutes (sometimes sh*t happens and the bus is delayed by the odd horse and cart, sheep, granny driver, you name it; but they’ll get to you!

Get your Pre-Sale tickets now!

By purchasing tickets you are subject to our Terms & Conditions.

THE TICKET TO RIDE: on purchasing you get sent the receipt and not the ‘ticket to ride’. Two weeks before the event your real travel ticket will arrive at the pub you selected on purchasing, which will be ready for pick up till the day of the event. You need to flash the bartender your receipt and unique code to swap for your ticket (psst receipts often go to spam). Enjoy! 

Read past articles here.

You must be 24 or over to attend The Real Ale Trail.
Sorry Stags and Hens this event is not for you.


Spend a day with friends rediscovering the charm of quintessential English pubs and unique real ales, without having to worry about who’s driving! The Shropshire bus based real ale trail takes you off the beaten track to some of the best pubs found in the villages and towns dotted around the glorious Shropshire County.

Shropshire has a long tradition of brewing, and today has 19 microbreweries brewing a range of styles. The Shropshire Real Ale Trail is a great way to sample these local ales, which often can only be found in pubs local to the brewery.

Tickets get you unlimited bus travel during the Shropshire Real Ale Trail on our dedicated bus service.

Taking the scenic route

Enjoy a day out with friends without needing a designated driver! Our dedicated buses arrive every hour at each pub to pick you up and drop you off between 11 am and 9 pm, giving you the freedom to stay as long or as little in each pub.

Each pub is chosen for its hospitality, atmosphere and of course selection of Real Ale, usually brewed by local microbreweries such as Salopian, and Three Tons Brewery! Each pub has a minimum of three Real Ales to try, with up to 50 Real Ales available to sample overall so you may need to go back and try them another day.

How to be safe and enjoy the trail

To keep our publicans, bus drivers, and fellow ale trailers safe and sound. We would like you to consider the following guidelines for this event:


  • Always drink responsibly don’t feel you have to drink alcohol at every pub.
  • There are no toilets on the bus.
  • Most all enjoy the time with your friends in these great locations.
  • The event is not suitable for those under the age of 24.
  • Hens and Stags, sorry this is not the event for you.

See the map below for more info on the


The Shropshire Real Ale Trail will change its route this April, it follows the same principles as all the other trails. Start where you like, when you like, and with who you like.

Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury | If you are starting at Shrewbury you will need to choose a bus time. This will be sent you to as soon as we have confirmed the other pubs. Psst it looks like we are heading for Ellesmere. 

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