From large award-winning breweries to small microbreweries, England’s brewing heritage is second to none. To celebrate Beer Day Britain on 15th June 2021, we've rounded up 10 wonderful UK brewery tours to wet your whistle during your next Staycation Holiday.
1. Wye Valley Brewery | Herefordshire
@ Wye Valley Brewery
A family-owned brewery with big tastes and ‘first cask’ tours, Wye Valley is an ideal destination for the craft beer fan. Around 80% of the raw ingredients used come from farms within ten miles of this ‘mean green brewing machine’ too, earning the brewery The Best Green Business Award at the SIBA awards. Brews of note include Wye Valley Bitter, Dorothy Goodbody’s, The Hopfather, HPA and Butty Bach. The expert-led brewery tours are an enjoyable way to learn about their special brewing process with tutored tasting at the end.
Find out more: Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire HR7 4HG. www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk
Make a break of it: Kick back and relax at Hampton Wafre Cottage, our beautiful detached 17th century barn renovation, just 13 minutes from Wye Valley Brewery.
2. Thornbridge Brewery | Derbyshire
@ Thornbridge Brewery
Beer-loving visitors to our Derbyshire holiday cottages can enjoy the picturesque Peak District National Park, days spent walking or cycling along its many trails and a pint of Thornbridge beer in the pub at the end of the day. So, when you visit, don’t just sink your spoon into Bakewell’s famous pudding - make sure you do some serious beer tasting and bring your beer knowledge up to scratch at the Thornbridge brewery experience. Just 3 miles from our holiday cottages, this riverside brewery has won over 350 national and international awards. The experience includes: a short film on the history of Thornbridge, an introduction to the brewing process and a tutored tasting served in Thornbridge glasses, which are then yours to keep. What’s not to love?
Find out more: Thornbridge Brewery, Buxton Rd, Bakewell, DE45 1GS. thornbridgebrewery.co.uk
Make a break of it: Celebrate one of Derbyshire’s finest exports with a beery break at our cottages at near Bakewell, all less than ten minutes’ drive away.
3. Wildcraft Brewery | Norfolk
@ Wildcraft Brewery
Fans of delicious craft beer can now ‘hop’ behind the scenes at Wildcraft Brewery near Norwich. This top microbrewery forages as many natural ingredients as possible such as nettles, elderflower, raspberries, cherries, sloes and hops, to create a unique selection of brews, many of which are seasonal. One of Norfolk’s most environmentally friendly breweries, Wildcraft Brewery keep their carbon footprint to a minimum and are an important part of the local community. Sample the likes of Wild Bill Hiccup, Wild Spice and Wild Stallion Stout on a tour and generous tasting and learn about Wildcraft’s rollercoaster journey so far (with stories!). You can also pick up some of their flavoursome liqueurs and spirits during your visit.
Find out more: Wildcraft Brewery Limited, Foragers' Rest, Coltishall Road, Buxton NR10 5JD. wildcraftbrewery.co.uk
Make a break of it: If you are planning to come up and sample some of Norfolk’s amazing beers, why not make a short break of it at The Coach House or The Garden House in Banningham or Weavers Loft in Erpingham, all just 12-15 minutes’ drive away.
4. Driftwood Spars Brewery | Cornwall
@ Driftwood Spars Brewery
If you’re heading south west then you’re in luck – this is prime real ale country! Offering a selection of brewing experiences, from short tours to Brew Days where you can get fully stuck in, Driftwood Spars is a great day out for grown-ups. You’ll either be based at the seaside brewery or the microbrewery and will have Head Brewer Mike on hand to capture your attention with his wealth of knowledge throughout the experience. Enjoy some post-tour sampling at the Driftwood Spars and some hearty delicious pub grub to soak it all up.
Find out more: Driftwood Spars Brewery, Rocky Lane, St Agnes TR5 0NA. www.driftwoodsparsbrewery.com
Make a break of it: Tickle those tastebuds during a stay at Rosevean House a 15 minute walk away, or at our 12 glamping Yurts near Newquay, half an hour’s drive away.
5. Palmers Brewery | Dorset
@ Palmers Brewery
Over in Bridport, Palmers Brewery is one of the oldest in the UK. They’ve been brewing fine cask ales from their picturesque brewery since 1794. Perched on the winding River Brit, complete with a functioning waterwheel, this is also the only thatched brewery in the UK. Drink in over 200 years of brewing brilliance with a two hour tour. Running daily at 11am Monday to Friday, between Easter and October, places are limited so please book in advance. As well as producing award-winning ales and beers, Palmers also own some of the best-known and best-loved pubs in the South West. Which means there are plenty of places to try their fab range of beers, ciders, and spirits!
Find out more: Palmers Brewery, The Old Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport DT6 4JA. palmersbrewery.com
Make a break of it: Why not sample some tasty beersuds during your stay at our Goose Run Cottage, just 20 minutes’ drive from Palmers Brewery.
6. Ludlow Brewing Co. | Shropshire
@ Ludlow Brewing Company
Ludlow is renowned for its fine food and drink producers, and is now one of the leading brewing regions in the UK. An engaging tour of this fantastic brewery est. 2006 reveals its unique brewing technique to develop truly first class flavours. Sample the range and see talented brewers at work! The tours are available 3pm Monday to Friday and 2pm on Saturdays and include a pint or beer bat (three third-pints) on completion. Ludlow Brewery is a great place to enjoy a morning coffee, a light lunch, a beer with friends, live music at weekends, and is dog friendly too.
Find out more: The Railway Shed, Station Dr, Ludlow SY8 2PQ. theludlowbrewingcompany.co.uk
Make a break of it: A stay at The Oaks or Hampton Wafre Cottage will hit the spot. They are both less than half an hour’s drive from Ludlow Brewery.
7. Skinner’s Brewery | Cornwall
@ Skinner’s Brewery
Located on the banks of the River Truro, this award winning brewery was established as a community brewery in 1997 by Steve Skinner. Home to award-winning pale ales, cracking cask beers, superb stouts and brilliant bitters, the family-orientated brewery is rooted in Cornwall with the majority of its beers taking their names from Cornish history and folklore. All their bottles have been inspired by the stunning Cornish landscape and culture. Access ‘ale’ areas on one of their popular tours for a real insight into the history and production of the range and a terrific tutored beer tasting session in the tap room.
Find out more: Skinners Brewery, Newham Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2DP. skinnersbrewery.com
Make a break of it: Why not try this delightful brewery out for yourself, and book one of our Cornwall holiday cottages nearby.
8. Hillside Brewery | Herefordshire
@ Hillside Brewery
From classic bitter to deliciously hoppy pale ales, this cracking brewery is a fount of beery goodness on so many levels. Beers such as Summit, Ruby Ale and the cheekily named Legless Cow Best Bitter offer a rich, complex taste hit. Hillside are hot on special events for the visitor, with everything from special brewery tours and tasting sessions to pop-up food events, theatre and opera!
Find out more: Hillside Brewery, Holly Bush Farm, Ross Road, Longhope GL17 0NG. www.hillsidebrewery.com
Make a break of it: Stay at gorgeous Hampton Wafre Cottage or our Cotswold Water Park Lodges and enjoy great beer and a relaxing holiday.
9. Bristol Beer Factory | Bristol
@ Bristol Beer Factory
Bristol Beer Factory began life in 2004 by making just a few standard cask conditioned ales in a eclectic part of south Bristol. They soon realised that there is much more to brewing and many more styles of beer they wanted to craft and so they have developed their production to deliver an array of different regular bottled ales, cask ales and a variety of interesting specials throughout the year. Bristol Beer Factory aren’t afraid to try something new and the company has a firm belief that all the great ideas are already within the walls of the brewery – it’s just a matter of extracting them out of the team within. Head on a Brewer led tours here to see what it’s all about.
Find out more: Bristol Beer Company, 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol B53 1JP. bristolbeerfactory.co.uk
Make a break of it: Stir up a real brew-haha on a group holiday at Kingsley Lake View, just 20 minutes away.
10. Hook Norton Brewery | Cotswolds
@ Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton Brewery produce many award-winning bottled beers and real ales using uniquely traditional techniques. Go on a journey from hop to tankard with a friendly and very informative tour around the Victorian brewery, museum and village museum, witness the working steam engine on the ground floor, and enjoy generous tastings. One of only a handful of breweries which still have shire horses delivering to the local pubs, you may even get the chance to give them a pat!
Find out more: Hook Norton Brewery, Brewery Lane, Hook Norton, Banbury OX15 5NY. www.hooky.co.uk
Make a break of it: Sample Hook Norton’s terrific tipples during your stay at Bruern Cottages, just 20 minutes’ drive away.
With restrictions easing across England, please continue to follow government guidance and remember to plan ahead and check attraction websites before travelling.
For anyone worrying about safety, breweries have followed all the required procedures to make it safe to visit again, following the Coronavirus lockdown. The tours are set to recommence from 21st June 2021 if the Government's road map to recovery unfolds according to plan.
We have introduced our Covid-19 Book with Confidence Guarantee so that you can book your Staycation Holiday with confidence. If you, or we, have to cancel your booking due to a full national lockdown, and/or the address submitted during the booking process being placed into a Tier by Government which has a "DO NOT TRAVEL" restriction placed, you will receive a full refund.