An interior detail of a bar area and fire place within a historic London public house.

An interior detail of a bar area and fire place at the Cheshire Cheese Public House, New Wine Court, Fleet Street, City of London. © Historic England, Photographer credit Derek Kendall
An interior detail of a bar area and fire place at the Cheshire Cheese Public House, New Wine Court, Fleet Street, City of London. © Historic England, Photographer credit Derek Kendall

England's Historic Pubs

Pull up a bar-stool or make yourself comfortable in your favourite 'snug' and explore our work on understanding, protecting and showcasing England's well-loved but vulnerable historic pubs. As well as us playing 'mine host', you can get involved in sharing your knowledge and photographs of Listed pubs.

Listed Pub Highlights

Listing helps to protect Historic pubs and acknowledges that they are essential part of our common identity, helping to tell the country’s story. Below are some highlights of Listed pubs.

Explore our 'Top 50' map of Grade I listed pubs or former pubs and inns

This selection of our 'Top 50' Grade I listed buildings with present or past historic associations as pubs or inns includes some buildings that are no longer pubs or that are no longer open to the public.

What are your own favourite historic pubs in your area? We'd love you to contribute your knowledge and photographs of them by Enriching the List.

Our public house research

Historic England has carried out and commissioned research to help us understand the historic development of pubs in England. This has thrown new light on often vulnerable buildings that may be great typical, rare or previously overlooked examples of their kind.

Our 'pub-lications'

Enjoy our pub-related reading, discover the story of buildings for brewing and the social history of pub games. Dominoes anyone?

Played at the Pub: The pub games of Britain

Published 15 July 2009

Definitive examination of the games played in Britain’s pubs, both historic and contemporary, popular and obscure. Beautifully illustrated and overflowing with great stories, it also acts as a guide to finding the best pubs to play traditional pub games.

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Built to Brew

Published 15 June 2014

Illustrated history of the brewing industry, the process of beer making and the built heritage surrounding the industry.

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Quirky pub facts and fables

From striking modern designs or ornate Victorian gin palaces to  reputedly haunted ancient inns there is a world of fascinating pub facts and fables to explore through our blogs and features.

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