Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem: The ancient Nottingham pub that's nestled beneath a castle

Now owned by Greene King, the ancient pub is a must for visitors to Nottingham
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims to be England's oldest pub Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims to be England's oldest pub
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims to be England's oldest pub

Did you know Nottingham is (probably) home to the oldest inn in England? Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is an ancient pub nestled beneath the cliff on which Nottingham Castle stands.

The wonky watering hole is now owned by Greene King and has a stack of excellent reviews on Tripadvisor hailed for its great selection of ales and friendly staff.

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Built in 1189, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem was christened when "King Richard the Lionheart and his men congregated here before embarking on the Crusades in Jerusalem" in 1189AD, according to the Greene King website.

It is believed the inn was previously named 'The Pilgrim'. It is one of several pubs claiming to carry the mantle of 'Britain's oldest pub', others also including The Bell Inn also in Nottingham. Part museum, part pub, The Trip (as it's affectionately known by locals) boasts several cosy nooks and snuggly lounges filled with relics of Nottingham's rich history. A network of caves lies beneath the pub, providing the perfect storage for ale.

According to Visit Nottingham, an old cockfighting pit is also located in the cellars, alongside part of the Castle Gaol.

Food is served daily from 11am until 10pm in the Yorkie's Lounge. The pub boasts a varied menu serving up classics such as pie, fish and chips, and burgers alongside some more 'refined' dishes including seafood risotto, confit pork belly, and merlot beef dripping gravy.

As well as being one of Nottingham's oldest pubs, it's also rumoured to be one of the city's most haunted too. The inn is reportedly rife with paranormal activity with its Google description even referencing its resident ghosts. Several of the city's guided ghost tours visit Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

The pub's history has been covered extensively in the press, featuring in The Sun, The Telegraph, and the BBC.