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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 find historic pub interiors or use a Real Heritage Pub Guide.

You can also View (and Print) an up to date list of Pub Interiors of Outstanding National Historic Importance.

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.

News

Tucker's Grave, Faulkland

There is a prospective buyer for this wonderful rural gem but it is feared that the intention is for it not to remain as a pub. Local campaigners are doing all they can to have it remain in pub use but do visit now just in case.

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Bulls Head, Wrockwardine Wood, Telford, Shropshire.

The glorious Victorian all-over tiled front room has now been reopened on a regular basis after several years being closed. Well worth a visit.

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Cardigan Arms, Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

This fine, little-altered late Victorian pub has recently been sold to the owner of Kirkstall Brwery and its future is hopefully secure after some years of uncertainty.

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Real Heritage Pubs: Pub Interiors of Historic Interest - Regional Guides


The Pub Heritage Group is working on a two-year project to update the Regional Guides. These will each become available as a free download.

East Anglia, the North East and Scotland have, so far, been updated with Wales and Yorkshire to follow by the end of 2018.

2019 will see the Midlands, the North West, Britain and London with the South East and the South West following in early 2020.

Paul Ainsworth, Chair of the CAMRA National Pub Heritage Group: "Over the past 25 years, CAMRA has developed its national and regional inventories of historic pub interiors. These highlight the crθme de la crθme of interiors which have either escaped much alteration for many years or contain features of exceptional interest. "

Grateful thanks are given to numerous individuals, the National CAMRA Pub Heritage Group and local Archives: the latter for providing access to unique historic documentation.

Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs


Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs book cover

The 2016 second edition of this definitive printed guide to CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pubs Interiors includes 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 the book, originally 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.

The 320 pages include easy-to-use listings, helpful mapping and a series of articles explaining the history of the pub and its fascinating features. Order at shop.camra.org.uk