Wirral Real Ale Trail

The first Wirral Real Ale Trail, back in June 2016, was such a success that it was shortlisted for Event of the Year 2016 by Wirral Tourism Awards now it’s back for its third consecutive year with some incredible pubs having already signed up.

Wirral Real Ale Trail

Real Pubs with Real Ale…

The next Wirral’s bus-based Real Ale Trail Festival will be on 8th June 2019 and we will be visiting some of the best pubs dotted around the Wirral.

The route is always changing and so is the Ale

The pubs on the Trail are always changing and so are the Real Ale that is available, so there’s always something new to experience.

Take the scenic route

Beers aside, the Trail gives real ale lovers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery, wonderful villages and crisp seaside air Wirral has to offer, with the bus taking in New Brighton, Wallasey, Hoylake, Irby, Heswall and Birkenhead.

On the Trail of Real Ale & Quirky Pubs

With stop-off points on previous trips including the New Brighton’s hidden gem the Queen’s Royal, Wallasey’s 19th century Cheshire Cheese and the Irby Mill, there’s bound to be at least one or two hostelries you’ll be making a return trip to.

Gallagher’s in Birkenhead – another pub on the trail – walls are adorned with military memorabilia. It was also Highly Commended by Wirral Camra in its recent Pub of the Year awards so it’s not too shabby on the ale front either.

All pubs are hand-picked for the selection of Real Ale, atmosphere and hospitality. Sample unique ales some of which are just brewed for the trail – but don’t worry, the pubs also support local Gin makers, cider and lots of other bar drinks too. Cheshire Cheese even has a dedicated Gin bar in the beer garden.

What Ale lovers said about the day…

“If you haven’t done it then do it. It’s a great way to see some of Wirral’s finest pubs and enjoy a great day out with your friends. The more the merrier.” Andrew Hurley.

“First time “On the trail” yesterday and we absolutely loved it !! Great weather, cracking beers, pubs made great efforts to make sure we had a good time and the buses between the pubs got funnier and funnier as the night went on. Met some cracking people who were just out to have a great day and a good laugh as we were. Cannot recommend it enough.” Dave Moore.

Gallagher’s Bar, Birkenhead

Find 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 and your friends along with our Great British Ale including from local microbreweries such as 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!


8 fantastic Real Ale’s are available from Irby Mill, Irby

Hop on Board!

We organise the transport between these unique pubs, so you and your friends don’t have to worry who’s driving. Buses aim to arrive at each pub every 30 minutes from 11am and 10pm.

Tickets are £15 in advance,  £18 on the date. Tickets will be available from all participating pubs soon and online.

Remember you can start and finish anywhere on the route, any time between 11am and 10pm.

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Pubs on the Wirral Real Ale Trail

Next Wirral Real Ale Trail will be held in June 2019 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 friend.

Queens Royal • New Brighton

Marine Promenade, Wallasey CH45 2JT

Cheshire Cheese • Wallasey

Wallasey Village, Wallasey CH44 2DH, United Kingdom

Ship • Hoylake

Ship Inn Hoylake, Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral, UK

Irby Mill • Irby

Mill Lane, Greasby CH49 3NT, United Kingdom

Gallagher's Pub • Birkenhead

Chester Street, Birkenhead CH41 5DQ, United Kingdom

Coach & Horses • Greasby

Greasby Road, Greasby, Wirral, Merseyside CH49 3NG, UK

Rose & Crown • Bebington

Rose & Crown, The Village, Bebington, Wirral, UK

The Stork • Birkenhead

The Stork Hotel, Price Street, Birkenhead, UK


(More to be announced)

Queens Royal • New Brighton

New Brighton’s hidden gem for ale enthusiast’s with 6 Cask Ales on tap at all times. Located on New Brighton’s recently transformed promenade, enjoy your pint and salty sea air in their great beer garden. On our first trail the sun was belting down and sitting outside in their beer garden with a cold ale was just what dreams are made of.

Cheshire Cheese • Wallasey

Cheshire Cheese pub dates from 1885, but a pub was known to be here as early as 1561. The Cheshire Cheese has new owner and has been refurbished, with a good selection of Real Ale and quirky beer (and lots gin) garden!

The Coach and Horses • Greasby

This pubs dates back over 300 years and is in the heart of the village of Greasby. The Coach and Horses is as traditional as you can get and that goes for the ales they sell.

The Irby Mill• Irby

The quintessential British Country pub, small rooms and traditional features make you feel you’ve gone back in time. This little pub serves great food and a good selection of ales. This pub has a car park too.

Rose & Crown • Bebington

Recently under new management, the Rose & Crown is located on the edge of Mayer Park in the village of Bebington. Known for hosting great live entertainment and quiz nights, as well as it’s wide range of Cask ales from Thwaites Brewery alongside monthly Guest Ales. Located close to both Port Sunlight and Bebington train stations.

Gallagher’s • Birkenhead

A unique pub where great ale and a military memorabilia are put together in an unusual but successful mix.  A lot of people embark on tend ays events from this pub and proves to be busy throughout the days events. Great transport links to the event from this pub.

The Stork Hotel • Birkenhead

NEW to the Trail this September, recently under management, The Stork Hotel now serves food as well as Real Ale. Built in 1840, this highly ornate pub has a wonderful mosaic floor, etched glass and carved wood in the art nouveau style. It retains many original wall fittings plus a circular bar with leaded stained glass.

See what the press say Click here for latest news story on the trail 

Here is to enjoying a day spent with good friends and good ale in the beautiful English Country. Bottoms up!