See Southampton: Barrels and Beers

13 November, 2017

    Presented by See Southampton

    NST acts as a Ticketing Agency for this event

    See Southampton offers an evening guided walk of historical pubs, followed by a beer-tasting session at the award winning Dancing Man Brewery. You will visit part of the medieval town and experience beer-tasting in an iconic 14th century building.

    Please drink responsibly.


    In 1878, the St. Mary’s Church Temperance Society produced a pamphlet on the evils of drink, and a “Drink Map” of Southampton, which they described as one of the most intemperate cities in the country – one pub for every 153 people! At that time, and for many years before and after, they were talking about the evils of beer – the drink of the working classes, beer.

    Thanks to existing maps and records, we can trace some pubs back at least to the 1400s, and a few of these still survive. Other significant pubs have now been adapted to other uses, and new pubs have sprung up in historic buildings.

    This tour will include a one hour walk, led by a qualified Southampton Green Badge guide, during which you will have the opportunity to learn about the stories related to pubs and beer in Southampton. All buildings, except for The Dancing Man, will be viewed only from the outside.

    By the end, you will have an idea about historical pubs in Southampton, where the barrels were stored, and what people would have drunk over the centuries.

    Get a flavour of Southampton famed pubs, facts and tales!

    Your appetite whetted, a further hour will be spent sampling a variety of beers/mead/cider (served with nibbles) selected and presented by the host/brewer of the famous Wool House, now a Brewery called The Dancing Man.

    If you wish to stay on for dinner, please do contact The Dancing Man directly to book a table.

    Telephone: 02380 836 666



    Each guided walk and tasting will be themed on different dates.

    Nov 13th 2017: Traditional Beer VS Fruit Infused Beer - LIMITED AVAILABILTY



    'More history than you ever imagined'.

    See Southampton are all fully qualified and insured Green Badge tour guides and members of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Our dedicated guides come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the legal profession, medicine, education, linguistics, engineering and entertainment.

    We are committed to working collaboratively with all organisations and sections of the community to promote Southampton's rich and diverse history and heritage.

    One of our most successful initiatives has been organising a team of volunteers at the port terminals to provide tourist information to arriving cruise passengers.

    Our fascinating 90 minute Hidden History walk from the Bargate will explore the medieval walls and vaults of the Old Town. We also have a wide range of talks, special tours and events.

    Please check out our website for full details