Ale Trail

Last update: 23rd September 2018

The CAMRA Durham Real Ale Trail was launched at Ye Old Elm Tree on Crossgate, on July 28th, 2011. It was created by branch members Nick Young and Bob Chapman, with the assistance of the city centre pubs. The trail was developed mainly to provide visitors to Durham City with information on where to find locally-produced real ale. Originally the trail was a single sheet and suggested a walking route of 10 pubs with descriptions and then listed the other real ale pubs within the city centre. In August 2016 an update was published as an A5 booklet which lists all 24 real ale pubs in a suggested order (although leaves the reader to decide which pubs they wish to visit). The new format has also allowed us to include descriptions of all 24 real ale pubs as well as giving details of the 2 real ale-serving clubs within the city centre. To download a copy of the guide, please click on the image of the front cover to the right. If you spot any inaccuracies in the guide, please let us know by emailing and we will list any corrections on this page between updates.

Updates to the August 2018 Edition

  • Big Jug (13) is currently not selling real ale, however this may change in future and we are monitoring the situation

Updates to the August 2017 Edition

  • The Fighting Cocks is now selling real ale -
  • The Dun Cow (21) has changed opening hours. New hours are: 
    12-9.45 Sun; 11.30-10.30 Mon & Tue; 11.30-11 Wed & Thu; 11-11 Fri & Sat
  • New venue: The Waiting Room is now open on the Northbound platform of Durham Railway Station -
  • The New Inn (24) has now closed. We believe it is to be turned into a Flat White coffee shop Latest news is that it will remain a pub called White Church but with more of an emphasis on food and there will also be A takeaway coffee facility.

Regional Ale Trails

Other Regional branches also publish real ale trails and lists covering pubs within their areas. These can be found using the following links:

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