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Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is ranked as one of the best pubs to visit. We have a Licensed Bar and food served, a lovely front Garden and Courtyard so you can sit and look up at the pub and castle, and a Coffee Lounge for a nice quiet hot beverage. We also have a Souvenir Shop and Cave Rooms.



This fascinating trip to us will open your eyes to the wonders of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, built into the rocks that Nottingham Castle are built on and with a wealth of history and enchanting features. Our garden and courtyard thriving at this time of year in Nottingham City Centre. Real open fires make you feel warm and welcome in the Winter.
Join the thousands of people visiting us every year from all over the World and visit us, we will make you feel at home even in the caves!



Many people believe the pub is named ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’ because people made a trip to jerusalem from here. In fact the word “trip” does not mean a journey in this case. An old meaning for ‘trip’ is a stop on a journey, like being tripped up, so the inn’s name means a stop or rest on the way to Jerusalem. Why not follow in the pilgrims tradition and pop in on your way past the pub for a quick pint or a nibble?



The pub is famous for its caves, carved out of the soft sandstone rock against which the building is set. The larger ground level caverns are now used as the pub’s rear drinking rooms. There is also a network of caves beneath the building, originally used as a brewery. They seem to date from around the time of the construction of the castle (1068 AD).

The cursed galleon is a small wooden model of a ship in one the upstairs lounge. It is claimed that people who have cleaned it have all met a mysterious death. Landlords have refused to allow anyone to dust the ship over the years, allowing inches of thick grime to build up on it. The galleon is now encased in glass.

The pub also houses an antique chair; it is claimed that a woman who sits in the chair will increase her chances of becoming pregnant. So many people have sat on the chair in the hope of it bringing them pregnancy that is now is too weak to withstand the huge demand… It is now on display in the upstairs lounge.

cellar tours
inside pub


With hundreds of haunted tales from landlords, landladies, staff and visitors it takes a lot of courage to come and spend hour upon hour here working, often alone early in the morning or late at night with eerie noises from the cellars and dark creepy caves. With that in mind, we have had so many people take care of this historic inn since the records began in 1760 that we decided they all deserve to be credited. 


1760-1786, William Marriott

1786-1806, John Pyatt

1807-1816, Thomas Smith

1817-1820, Samuel Fletcher

1821-1826, Edward Morris

1827-1834, James F. Bagnall

1835-1860, Wm.E Ann Wilson

1860-1868, John Milward

1869-1875, John Boultby

1876-1883, Thomas Ball

1884-1890, James Smith

1890-1892, Susan Cresswell

1892-1894, James Tomlinson

1894-1914, George H. (Yorkey) Ward

1914-1922, Samuel E. Ward

1922-1925, Harry Ward

1925-1926, Ada G. Ward

1926-1930, Mrs Jenny A. Whitehead

1930-1940, George Ward

1940-1942, Doris Ward

1942-1950, Sussanah Mason

1950-1966, A. G. Ward-Etherington

1966-1989, J. + G. Ward & J. Marshall

1989-1998, Brian & Janet Palethorpe

1998-1999, Paul Fk. Dare

1999-2003, Clare Underdown

2003-2005, Karen Tracy Ratcliffe

2005-2008, Allen Watson

2008-2012, Rosie St.John Lowther

2012-To Date, Karl Gibson
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