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Britain's historic pub interiors - an introduction

Unspoilt pubs — here is your definitive guide to the nation's most important historic pub interiors. Since the 1960s few pubs have escaped major changes but this website helps you seek out the best historic examples we have left. They range from simple unaltered village pubs to glorious late-Victorian extravaganzas. Each is very special in its own way.

This list has been compiled by CAMRA's Pub Heritage Group and is the product of over twenty years careful research. It identifies pubs with intact traditional interiors or which have features and rooms of national importance.

To find pubs in your area of interest use search for historic pub interiors.

If you are a potential pub operator or owner, see the benefits of running a pub with an important historic interior.

If you are a planning official, review how we work to protect pubs with important historic interiors.

If you are a CAMRA member, and you would like to volunteer to help Pub Heritage Group, read about the surveying we do.


West Yorkshire, GARDEN GATE, Whitefield Place, Leeds, LS 10 2QB. One of the most intact and ornate pubs from the Edwardian era, dating from 1902-3, has reopened under new managers after a sensitive refurbishment and is in business from 11am. If you don’t know it, that’s a bad mistake! See the entry on this website

Kent, QUEENS ARMS, Cowden Pound, TN8 5NP. This is a real time-warp of a Victorian roadside country pub. After the retirement of its elderly licensee, the future seemed in doubt but – great news – it has been bought by a local person who intends to make no changes. So the good old tradition of no food and no lager is expected to continue! The opening times are reported as Mon-Tue 17.00-22.30, Wed, Thurs, Sat 17.00-1900, Fri 17.00-2100, Sun 12.00-14.30. It’s worth the journey. See the entry on this website

Tyne & Wear, DUN COW, High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3HA. This fine pub of 1901-2 is set to become part of a multi-million pound project to create a cultural hub in Sunderland. It will be part of Cameron’s Brewery’s Head of Steam chain. See the entry on this website

Feature Article

Britain's Best Real Heritage PubsBritain's Best Real Heritage Pubs is the definitive printed guide to CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pubs Interiors. Details of 270 pubs throughout the UK with interiors of real historic significance – some of them stretching back a century. It is the first time that these pubs have been collated into a single volume. Illustrated with high-quality photography, the guide’s extensive listings are the product of years of surveying and research by CAMRA volunteers dedicated to preserving and protecting our rich pub heritage. 288 pages with full-colour photography, easy-to-use listings and helpful mapping. Just £9.99 with a £2 discount for CAMRA members. Find out more and order at