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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem - The Oldest Inn in England

There are plenty of old pubs scattered all over UK, but if you are interested in an assuredly old and historic place to eat and grab a drink, then head to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham. The pub claims to be the oldest inn in England (established in 1189 AD) and having visited it a few days back, it is easy to believe in the claim. Built into the very rocks that Nottingham Castle is built on, the pub is well-preserved and houses some historic artefacts from the days gone by.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem


The pub is known for its caves as much as it is known for its ales and amazing atmosphere. When you step inside the pub, you are almost immediately transported back in time. The caves carved out of soft sandstone rock are used as drinking rooms and each room houses a selection of curio objects like the 'fertility chair' in one of the lounges that is said to help women conceive or the 'cursed galleon', a model of a ship that is said to have brought ill luck or death to all those who have cleaned it.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem


The pub's menu includes quintessentially British pub-style food, sharing boards and delicious desserts. The range of local ales available in the pub is impressive. The food we sampled was as expected - traditional in taste, very filling and at regular pub prices. A special mention for the Triple Chocolate Brownie served with Mint chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce - it was sinfully delicious.

If you are in Nottingham, you should visit this quirky and incredibly interesting pub - reasonably priced delicious food, good selection of drinks, great service and a totally unique atmosphere. The only downside is that it can be extremely busy and you might have to queue up for your pint. If you are in a hurry, then it is down to luck whether you can find a table in time.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem


The pub also conducts cellar tours which gives you the chance to go into the Nottingham Castle rock and explore the network of caves beneath the building. If you are interested in history or simply want to learn more about the art of brewing, then the cellar tours are for you.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
The informative and fun guided tour by Karl

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem


Overall, it is a good old pub with some interesting history.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
1 Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6AD
Phone: 0115 9473171

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

*We were guests of the inn. All views expressed are solely ours.

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51 comments :

  1. Looks interesting and quite something. Must be really an unique atmosphere and experience. Love the pubs who have their own characters. But at the end depends on each individual. The food sounds great. It is always a plus when there is a good chef and excellent food. Love the cellar.

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    1. Yes, it is very unique indeed. Not to be missed if you are visiting Nottingham.

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  2. Looks a great Inn to visit - noting better than cosying up in a traditional old Inn - looks great inside and out!

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  3. didn't really know anything about this inn, we live not far, may have to take my mum out to see it :)

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  4. I have visited this inn previously, it was very interesting and had a fabulous atmosphere

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  5. This looks amazing I love old buildings and the history of them

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  6. This place looks incredible, hope you had a lovely time!

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    1. We loved it. And the cellar tours are interesting as well.

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  7. I love all your posts! The photos are always so amazing, feel like I've visited all these places with you. I love the look off the outside of the inn x

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I am glad you enjoy reading my posts x

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    2. That looks like a interesting place. I find old buildings have so much charactet and nice to look around.

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  8. Love visiting old pubs especially because they contain alcohol. We have a great one hear in Bristol,which is meant to be haunted

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  9. Looks a great wee place! I love buildings and places that are a bit more unique!

    Ashleigh

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  10. There seem to be a number of Inns who claim to be the oldest inn in England, I'm sure there's one on the outskirts of Leeds making the same claim?

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    1. Yes, there a few contenders all over the country. I loved this ones remarkable setting.

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  11. Wow amazing little gem of history very similar to the brazen head in Dublin I think I remember that it dates back to 1198 xx

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  12. I wish I had known about this in the summer, we went to Nottingham to visit the castle, I would have loved to have had a drink in the oldest inn!!! The food looks good too!!!

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  13. Looks like a great place to visit! If I am ever in Nottingham I will be sure to go look because the food looks really good!

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  14. The food looks absolutely delicious .. love a bit of History with my pint

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  15. Thank goodness this hasn't been "improved". It is full of character and I must make sure my friend's daughter knows about it as she is at University in Nottingham. Your photographs really do give us the flavour of it.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  16. I love anywhere with a bit of history especially when there are artifacts with stories attached like the cursed galleon, I wonder how long it has been since it was last cleaned

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  17. What an incredible place, I would love to visit, it looks so unique.x

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  18. This place looks very historic and worth a visit, I love the walls and the cellar tour.

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  19. It looks very interesting and somewhere that would be great to visit x

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  20. love the ales love the building love everything about this inn

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  21. looks a lovely little pub. bet those caves can tell some stories.

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    1. Yes, a lot of interesting stories associated with the place.

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  22. This has to go on my list to visit! I would love to have a look at the caves before a lovely lunch.

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  23. wow what an interesting place-I bet there are a few ghosts

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  24. Looks so cosy and relaxing
    Love the look of the delicious food

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  25. Good food and drink, you can't beat it! I love the cellar!

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  26. What a wonderful looking pub and the menu sounds fantastic too

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  27. I love places with their own history and charm

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  28. This looks amazing, love the sound of the individual drinking rooms!

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  29. Looks like a lovely traditional old inn, it's the kind of place I love to go :)

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  30. A rather unique pub. I bet the heating bills are high.

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  31. Hope you had a good visit. It looks like it would serve a good pint if cider but it also looks really spooky lol

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  32. Love the blog! Your photos are amazing! Keep up the good work 👍👌

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Pauline.

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  33. Great to see an original pub that hasnt been turned Into apartments or flats xx

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  34. I do love the older pubs, especially ones that haven't been gutted or the character taken out of them. We used to visit the old one on the way to Whitby and there was nothing like coming in from the cold to a roaring fire and warm hospitality.

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  35. Looks a very interesting place to visit. I love places with history and character.

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  36. This place looks amazing, full of history (Ruth Wollerton)

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  37. This looks like a gorgeous place to visit so much character I prefer the old places

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  38. This place looks fantastic, would love to visit it .

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  39. Wow, this pub looks amazing. I'm in Liverpool and am seriously thinking about taking a trip over for a meal there

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  40. (melissa crowe) looks lovely place to vist

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  41. This looks like a lovely place to visit :) lovely post xx

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