18 May 2024

Wirral Real Ale Trail Tickets

Saturday, 18 May 2024


Get yourself a seat on the Wirral’s only bus-based Real Ale Trail. We’ll take you to some of the best and quirkiest real ale pubs in the Wirral, where you will be able to sample locally brewed and unique Real Ales without worrying about who’s driving!

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

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


Date: Saturday, 18 May 2024

Time: 11 am – 9 pm

Calling all ale enthusiasts around the Wirral peninsula! Get ready for an extraordinary day out as the highly anticipated Wirral Real Ale Trail returns following the success of the September 2023 event. This one-day moving bus-based festival offers a unique opportunity to explore the charming pubs in the Wirral while indulging in a variety of handcrafted ales with your best friends without the worry of driving.

What are you waiting for? Get your Wirral 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.

Get picked up right outside the pub and we’ll take you to the next venue on the map. Our buses run every 40ish minutes (we say once an hour as buses can be delayed when good-natured buddies hold the bus whilst one of their group is in the loo).

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

Please note: you will be sent a receipt when you purchase a ticket, this isn’t the ‘ticket to ride’ two weeks before the event your real travel ticket will be sent to the pub you selected you’re starting from for pick up, flash the bartender your unique code on your receipt (psst receipts often get sucked into your spam folder). 

Get your Wirral Real Ale Trail tickets and see you in the beer garden!

If you want to read about our previous events, click here.

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

Real Pubs with Real Ale…

The Wirral’s bus-based Real Ale Trails are held twice a year in May & September. We choose to visit some great pubs, some you would describe as proper ol’ boozers, some more beer garden alfresco orientated, and sometimes we include the Brewery tap rooms too. The trail changes and the venues do too, there are so many new pubs and ales to enjoy. It’s a new event every single time!

Wyre Forest Real Ale Trail

On the Trail of Real Ale & Quirky Pubs

With unusual stop-off points, there’s bound to be at least one or two hostelries you’ll be making a return trip to!

All pubs are picked for the selection of Real Ale, atmosphere and hospitality. Sample unique ales some of which are brewed just for the trail – but don’t worry, the pubs also support local gin and cider makers and will have lots of other bevs too.

Find over 50 Real Ales to try…

The Wirral Real Ale trail has a uniquely diverse selection of pubs and venues with one thing in common, great Real Ales. All of the pubs have great ale at the heart of what they do.

There’s no need to worry about how to get to all these pubs as the event is set up so you don’t need to drive and allows you to concentrate on one thing, enjoying the hospitality with your friends along with some of the best Great British Ale, including ales sourced from local microbreweries such as Glen Affric, Peerless, and Brimstage.

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!

Bottoms Up!

See the map below for more info on the


The Real Ale Trail returns to the Wirral and follows the same principles as all the other trails. Start where you like, when you like, and with who you like.

The Ship Inn • Hoylake

Known for serving great ale, The Ship has been a favourite of ours for a while.

Always a warm welcome and a great atmosphere – and the live music in the beer garden is a bonus.

The Stork • Birkenhead

Untouched by time, the Stork has a wow art nouveau entrance and is only a 5-minute walk from Hamilton Square train station. This very old pub has the original tiled interior and its wooden floors – a classic old boozer and a beacon for people who appreciate Real Ale in old-world surroundings.

The Farmers Arms • Frankby
The Coach and Horses • Greasby

This pub dates back over 300 years and is in the heart of the village of Greasby. As traditional as you can get in a boozer and that goes for the ales they sell.

Recently taken over by Dan and Ian, there’s a brand new beer garden too.

Cleveland Arms  New Ferry

New to the trail, and re-opened after a local explosion ripped through the pub devastating it, this little pub has seen many challenges over the last few years. The pub is a CAMRA favourite and has been presented with the Season Award for Great Ale. We drop off at the back of the pub straight into the beer garden.

The Irby Mill • Irby

The quintessential British Country pub, small rooms and traditional features make you feel you’ve gone back in time.

Serving a great selection of rotating ales, this pub often hosts live music.

The White Lion • West Kirby

Joining us for a second time, The White Lion is laid out over several different levels. This quirky pub can be enjoyed indoors in one of the cosy nooks or outdoors in their beer garden at the back.

We can’t drop off outside so there is a little walk up to get to the pub, but a worthwhile walk!

Glen Affric Brewery Taproom • Birkenhead

Joining the trail for a second time, the Taproom is located inside the Glen Affric Brewery.

Sample what’s on offer – there are up to 30 different beers on offer.

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