Ale Trail

Last update: 21st April 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. It is hoped to get paper copies into the listed pubs and clubs soon. The map is also available as a poster version showing the map and pub names, addresses and phone numbers by clicking here 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 2017 Edition

Corrections to the October 2016 Edition

  • Bishop Langley (9) has closed
  • The Woodman (14) phone number has changed to (0191) 386 5515 and is now LocALE accredited
  • The City (19) has closed The City (19) had closed temporarily but is reopen as of May 2017
  • William Headley on North Road now serves real ale - located just to the South East of number 8

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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