Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, a jaunt back in time
YE OLDE TRIP TO JERUSALEM in Nottingham has been serving ale to weary travellers for over 800 years and in that time its walls have probably heard a strange tale or two.
We visited Nottingham recently to experience its rich and colourful history – in particular its many haunted pubs of which the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is one of its most famous.
Apparently the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is one of 20 inns purporting to be the oldest in England. In fact, when we visited, we noted there was the Bell Inn (est. 1437) just around the corner in Angel Row, Old Market Square, which also was claiming that title.
The “Trip” – as locals call it – says it was established in 1189. The building currently standing is about 300 years old. Nevertheless the tunnels underneath the inn are historic and whether Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem is the oldest inn in England doesn’t really matter because it is one really old pub.