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Throughout the British Isles there are hundreds of historic pubs and inns that have an interesting story to tell. As the temperatures begin to chill, escape to one of these six tempting pubs for a pint, a hearty meal and a fascinating story.

Ye olde trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham

Attached to the caves below Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is one of many pubs that lay claims to being one of the oldest in England.

Initially called The Pilgrim, it is said that knights would stop to have a drink in this pub before they would set off to Jerusalem. For legends of the crusades in the 12th century and a friendly atmosphere, this pub is worth a visit.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London

Located on Fleet Street, home of the British press, it's no wonder that, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the most fascinating historical pubs in London.

The cosy pub was the watering hole for many literary figures like Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, W. B. Yeats, and it's even mentioned in Charles Dickens’ A tale of Two Cities.

Made up of a tangle of little rooms, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a must-see while in the capital.

The Eagle, Cambridge

This pub is tied to one of the most important discoveries of the last century. As the local of James Watson and Francis Crick, the theory behind DNA was often discussed in this pub.

In 1953, the two scientists announced their world changing news - the discovery of how DNA caries genetic information - to the Patrons of the Eagle in Cambridge. Take a walk into the past with the Eagle’s ‘RAF room’ that features a ceiling covered in captivating graffiti and pictures by WWII pilots.

The Oxford Bar, Edinburgh

Oxford Bar is a historic pub in the heart of Edinburgh, and a favourite haunt of Ian Rankin and his Inspector Rebus character. A favoured watering hole for Scottish writers and artists since the early 19th century, one will find that in the present day this tradition continues. Even, actor Sean Connery has been known to pop in for a large gin and tonic.

Jamaica Inn, Launceston, Cornwall

Believed to be one of the most haunted places in Great Britain, the Jamaica Inn and its legendary pirates and rum smugglers have inspired a novel by Daphne Du Maurier and a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Stop here for a spooky tales, if you dare.

The Dove, Hammersmith

Once the haunt of Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene, this is one of the oldest surviving Thames-side pubs. James Thomson, the 18th- century poet, was a regular and reputedly wrote the words to Rule Britannia in an upstairs room.

With its roaring fire, this pub is a warm and welcoming attraction after a scenic riverside walk.

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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