Nottingham is home to some of the oldest pubs in England, but which one is the oldest? Nestled under the rocks of Nottingham castle, it is said that Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is one of the oldest pubs in England dating back to 1189 AD. 

The pub lies within some of Nottingham’s famous caves that were used to store ale. 

The Trip originally began as a brewery and now serves its own ale and other drinks along with pub classics. The pub has undergone many transformations one being the name change from The Pilgrim to what it’s known as today Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

The pub is said to have been a rest stop for the crusaders on their journey to Jerusalem hence the name. Even though there is debate about the pub being the oldest in England there is certainly a lot of history behind the walls.

“There’s a story behind every room.”

With an open fire, a lively atmosphere, and games to play it’s no wonder that this pub has been open for centuries. Over many years, the pub has become a tourist hotspot but still sees many locals pop in for a pint or two. 

Barmaid Michelle Finch said, “It’s very unique, nothing like you’ve ever seen before. If you look around there’s something different to look at in every room. There’s a story behind every room.” 

Not only is ‘The Trip’ known for being old, but it’s also known to have some paranormal activity down in the haunted cellars. Despite the haunting, the pub is covered with history and it’s not surprising with the amount of people who have visited.

Landlord, Karl Gibson, has been at the pub for eight years. Here is what he said about the paranormal activity that has occurred.

Allegedly Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem dates back the furthest in Nottingham, but it is closely followed by Ye Olde Salutation Inn and The Bell Inn.

Oldest pubs in England

  1. The Old Ferryboat Inn, Holywell, Cambridgeshire
  2. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans, Herfordshire
  3. The Porch House, Stow-On-The-Wold, Gloucestershire
  4. The Bingley Arms, Bardsey, Leeds
  5. The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
  6. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  7. Adam and Eve, Bishopgate, Norwich
  8. Ye Olde Man & Scythe, Bolton, Greater Manchester