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Welcome to the Cardiff & The Vale Real Ale Trail by Bus

A few beers are always best enjoyed with friends. And there’s no better way to bring real ale and great friends together than with the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail, which comes to Cardiff on Saturday April 21 for a one day moving festival.

What’s the Real Ale Trail? Simple. The Real Ale Trail gives Ale drinkers the opportunity to visit rural pubs off the beaten track and sample a variety of local and special ales all in one day without having to worry who’s going to drive.

Tickets go on sale
March 1st

Real Ale Trail Shuttle buses pick up and drop off at each of the carefully selected pubs on the trail every half an hour from 11am to 11pm. The classic Dad style drinker looking to spend some quality time enjoying friends and a pint or two and doesn’t have to worry about about driving home from this event as it’s all done for you.

The trail, which has proved a massive hit in North Wales, has been hugely popular with drinkers of a certain age who still harbour fond memories of the days when every village housed enough hostelries. They’re also a brilliant way to get a few friends together for a fun day out, with very little planning required.


The Ale Trail idea has proven so popular that it regularly attracts drinkers from as far afield as Germany keen to sample Wales’s small batch ales and proper Welsh pubs.

Each pub selected on the trail was chosen for its wide selection of ales (there are more than 30 to choose from in total), its unique atmosphere and if you’re staying for the whole day – and why wouldn’t you? – the offering of something to eat won’t be a problem either.

Pubs confirmed so far (there are more to come!) include Cardiff bar-and-brewery Hopbunker, with its vast array of craft beers, lagers and real ciders.

Pendoylan’s Red Lion, where the food menu might just distract you from the formidable ales on offer, Moulton’s Three Horseshoes1 Town Square Hall in Cowbridge, Hare & Hounds Aberthin and The Fontygary Inn in Rhoose.

Real ale, real mates and really no worries about driving home!


As well as being a top notch day out, the Ale Trail is also a fantastic way to support the South Wales economy with each trail bringing great revenue to the rural villages and towns.

The trail was created to bring people to visit out of the way pubs at an affordable travel cost; experience has shown us that many Ale Trailers return under their own steam with friends and family.

The best thing about the Ale Trail, though, is the price. A ticket for the bus costs just £15 and includes as many journeys in between pubs as you can fit in 12 hours.

Tickets will be available from March. You can buy a ticket online at realaletrail.co.uk or at any of the pubs on the trail. Please don’t buy tickets from anywhere else though, as your ticket won’t be accepted on the bus.

Snowdonia Real Ale Trail

See you on the trail, until then…Bottoms up.  The Ale Trail Team xx

PS There is no drinking on the bus. You must be over 24 to attend and do drink responsibly.

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