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Britain's historic pub interiors - an introduction

Unspoilt pubs — here is your definitive guide to the nation's most important historic pub interiors. Since the 1960s few pubs have escaped major changes but this website helps you seek out the best historic examples we have left. They range from simple unaltered village pubs to glorious late-Victorian extravaganzas. Each is very special in its own way.

This list has been compiled by CAMRA's Pub Heritage Group and is the product of over twenty years careful research. It identifies pubs with intact traditional interiors or which have features and rooms of national importance.

To find pubs in your area of interest use search for historic pub interiors.

If you are a potential pub operator or owner, see the benefits of running a pub with an important historic interior.

If you are a planning official, review how we work to protect pubs with important historic interiors.

If you are a CAMRA member, and you would like to volunteer to help Pub Heritage Group, read about the surveying we do.


Cambridgeshire, HAND & HEART, Peterborough.

This back-street community pub was in imminent danger of being bought by a developer, but the great news is that, following an intense local campaign to save it, it has been bought by a local benefactor with the intention of it leasing back to the current licensee.

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Glasgow, OLD TOLL BAR, 1-3 Paisley Road West.

This wonderful late Victorian pub, especially notable for its fine gantry, has recently opened on the 1st of October after a long period of closure.

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North-West Wales, ALBION ALE HOUSE, Conwy.

A blast (or rather ring) from the past at this great real ale pub. The bell-push system has been brought back to life so that, as in days gone by you won’t need to leave the comfort of your seat to get a beer (so long as things aren't too busy). A great tradition revived.

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Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs

Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs book cover

The second edition of this definitive printed guide to CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pubs Interiors with details of 260 pubs throughout the UK with interiors of real historic significance – many stretching back a century and more. This is a totally new edition of our book published in 2013, with new photography (nearly 700 high-quality illustrations), updated information and a further 'try also' selection of 75 other historic pubs we know you'll enjoy. 320 pages, easy-to-use listings, helpful mapping and a series of articles explaining the history of the pub and its fascinating features. Just £9.99 with a £2 discount for CAMRA members. Order at