REAL Ale Trail

21st May 2022


We’ve tested 4 events in 2021 to see if we could once again deliver this joyous event safely, and it worked which brings us great pleasure in anouncing this years trail in May. You can pre order your ticket above to reserve your place on the bus. See you in the beer garden.


Our Wirral Real Ale Trail is now planned for 21st May 2022, if you have bought tickets for a postponed event – your tickets are valid for a 2022 trail of your choice. You will receive and email when the tickets go on sale with your new ticket.

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Back for its fourth consecutive year, the Wirral Real Ale Trail returns on the 21st May to transport you to fantastic pubs, without worrying who’s driving!

The Wirral Real Ale Trail allows you and your friends to experience some of the best watering holes in the Wirral, chosen for their quirkiness, hospitality and of course their choice of Real Ale, all without needing a designated driver! The trail never stays the same and this trail we have shortened the route to make the transport quicker.


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Real Pubs with Real Ale…

The next Wirral’s bus-based Real Ale Trail Festival will be in 2022 and we will be visiting some of the best pubs dotted around the Wirral.

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 Wallasey, Greasby, Irby, Oxton, Bebington and Birkenhead.

On the Trail of Real Ale & Quirky Pubs

With stop-off points on previous trips including 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.

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!
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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, but make sure you do it with great friends.

Cock and Pullet • Oxton

Cock and Pullet pub dates back to at least 1850. Reopened with new owners in December 2018. They will be serving a cracking list of ales on the trail, including Pedigree, Yorkshire Blonde and Black Mass!

The Scrapyard • Liscard

NEW to the Trail this Summer! The Scrap Yard has a whopping 24 taps rotating local ales, stouts, ciders and more! You’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Stork • Birkenhead

A art nouveau lovers paradise! a 5 minute walk from Hamilton Square train station.This very old pub has wonderful tiled interior, wooden floors, multi roomed. A classic old drinking pub and a beacon for people who appreciate real ale in old world surroundings.

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.

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 Saddle Club • Prenton

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.

The Ship • Hoylake

Newly refurbished & under new management we welcome back the Ship back to the Trail.

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.

The White Lion • West Kirby

New to the Trail this year The White Lion is a welcome addition to our real ale pubs on the route. A little quirky and laid out over several different levels with lots of cosy nooks to sit in or enjoy the beer garden at the back.

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