A thousand-year tradition of pubs means there's one on almost every street. Though modern chains have taken hold on the high streets, the best and most intriguing pubs are the ones where the history still lives on.
The Crooked House
The most famous public house in the whole of the UK is The Crooked House. Built in 1765 and originally a farmhouse, the building collapsed due to subsidence in the 1800s, giving it a peculiar lean that makes it look like it has had one too many beers. Inside, the optical illusion of sloping walls and flat floors, can make you feel tipsy, even if you stick to water!
Hatchet Inn and The Well House
The 17th century Hatchet Inn in Bristol has a grim legend attached to it as well. Locals claim that buried beneath layers of paint, the front door is covered with human skin. Meanwhile, The Well House in Exeter boasts a Roman well in its basement and a display of human bones alongside the pork scratchings. The skeletons are said to be those of a priest and his lover, who apparently threw themselves down the well when their affair was discovered.
Beware a visit to Canny Mans in Edinburgh, not because of ghosts but because of its rude service. Outside, a sign outlines all behaviour and people who are not welcome inside, including backpackers. So order a pint at your own risk.
The Lord Nelson
In the gorgeous environs of Norfolk you'll find the 17th century, flagstone floored pub, The Lord Nelson, named after the famous admiral who haled from the area. After his death at the Battle of Trafalgar, his body was shipped back to shore in a barrel of brandy. Sailors sat around the inn and happily glugged down the embalming spirit. Today you can order your very own Nelson's Blood Brandy.
Possibly one of the odder pubs in the country, The Sun in Herefordshire is quite literally a front room in someone's house. Although the elderly lady who ran this parlour inn has sadly passed away, the locals have kept the pub going. Wander in the front door, through the kitchen and pull yourself a pint.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
For a trip far into the past, there's no finer pub than Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham. There’s been an inn on this spot since 1189 when soldiers would meet here before heading off on the Crusades.Whether you're teetotaller or an avid beer aficionado, a tour of Britain’s most unusual pubs will give you a taste of history as well as a taste of local beer.