What to expect on a Real Ale Trail!

It’s a real ale right of passage — taking you in search of rural pubs, the odd microbreweries here and there, and chances to sample local ales often only available in that region.

You haven’t experienced an Ale Trail like this before! There’s no public transport or walking from pub to pub! Our dedicated buses take you to rural pubs you probably haven’t been to before, they’re either in the middle of a field or hidden at the base of a mountain.


1. Buy your tickets!

Come and enjoy local real ales from all over Wales & England. Curated by our very own team of pub experts, we have trails in Conwy, Caernarfon, Vale of Glamorgan, the Wirral, Snowdonia, Wrexham, Shropshire and Flintshire!

You can buy your tickets online and in all participating pubs!

Click here to buy them online!

2. Start anywhere, any time on the trail!

It’s the day of the trail! Finally, your ale haven awaits! Head to your starting pub and swap your ticket for a wristband, this allows you unlimited travel ALL day long!

You can start at ANY pub on the trail and you can visit as many (or as few) pubs as you want! Your wristband gives you the freedom to jump aboard any of our buses that arrive at each pub EVERY 30ish minutes!


3. Enjoy your first drink!

Ale enthusiasts absolutely LOVE our trail. Why? Because every pub has at least 3 ales on tap with plenty more to choose from with a range of styles and strengths! There’s at least 50 ales to try on EVERY trail!

Also, don’t worry if ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available too! 



Shropshire Real Ale Trail route

4. When you’re ready, move on to the next pub!

Buses arrive every 30ish minutes! (Obviously

We chauffeur you all day through spectacular countryside to rural pubs that we know you will love!

Let’s say the bus arrives and you haven’t quite finished your pint yet, your favourite song just came on and you don’t feel like leaving the bar!  No worries!  Just grab the next one! You can stick around at each pub, as long as you want. 


5. Enjoy the ride!

Travel through some of the UK’s most stunning countryside on a bus full of your friends to some of the best real ale pubs in the country! Is there any better way to spend your Saturday? Warning… there’s usually quite a lot of singing on our buses, so remember to join in! Get your song requests in early!

The reason why we travel by bus is we get to reach the best off the beaten track pubs (and some breweries) in the country. There’s no drinking on the buses, please keep the ale in the pubs.


6. Share your passion for ale!

Think of the trail as one big Real Ale meet-up, with loads of potential real ale drinking buddies travelling with you from pub to pub. Our bus trips are far from boring… lots of laughing, chatting and even singing!

Our trails are all about celebrating real ale and pub culture, not getting drunk. Don’t forget to eat and drink water along the trail so you can fully enjoy the whole day!

7. Feeling peckish?

Lots of pubs aren’t just about the ale! Loads of our pubs serve a bloomin’ tasty food! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter, we often share what each pub is planning to serve during the run up to the day. From dirty fries, chicken wings, homemade scotch eggs, every location has something different to offer!

Pub Fact! Hare & Hounds can be found on our Vale of Glamorgan Ale Trail 2019, they are the proud holders of a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide! Very fancy! 

8. Discover loads of great music!

Our pubs often have live entertainment especially for the trail!

Get ready to fall in love with local bands/musicians you haven’t heard before!

We often share a ‘What’s On’ post on our social media about what the pubs have planned… quizzes, singers, bands, Tom Jones tribute acts. There’s always loads of fun entertainment on every trail!

9. Try new real ales!

Did you know microbreweries create speciality ales just for the trail, such as Captain Shaddock, RAT and Sod the Bus! There’s also lots of small batch ales, never to be experienced again!

Head over to our online shop, we’ve got some banging ale and we can deliver it right to your door! Click here to see what we’ve got in store.


10. Ready for home?

No problem. Jump on the bus to take you back to where you started! When you get home, don’t forget to post all of your fantastic pictures from the day to your social media!

Use the #RealAleTrail so we can find them! We might even share some of the best ones!


The Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail Sept 15th

We currently operate Trail in:

Caernarfon, Cardiff, Conwy, Flintshire, Shropshire, Snowdonia, Wrexham, Wirral and Vale of Glamorgan



Anglesey Arms, Caernarfon, UK


Hopbunker, Queen Street, Cardiff, UK


The Albert, Madoc Street, Llandudno, UK


Y Pentan, New Street, Mold, UK


The Bricklayers Arms, Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, UK


The Ship, Lombard Street, Porthmadog, UK


Saith Seren, Chester Street, Wrexham, UK


The Queens Royal, Marine Promenade, Wallasey, Wirral, UK

Vale of Glamorgan

1 Town Hall Square, Town Hall Square, Cowbridge, UK