The Oldest Thatch Pub In Ireland Also Pours One Of The Best Pints Of Guinness In The Land (Look Inside)

A gorgeous aul thatch on the Antrim coast

Antrim crosskeys pub

OK, I’ll be straight with you. When I heard about the Crosskeys Inn in County Antrim a few years ago, it was it’s title as ‘the oldest thatch pub in Ireland’ that attracted me.

Then I learned that they pull a serious pint of Guinness.

And they’re so confident in this ability they even have a Facebook Page dedicated to great pints poured inside the pub.

I think I’m hyperventilating here…

I mean, look at this… talk about perfection!

cross-eyes Guinness

The oldest thatch pub in Ireland

The Crosskeys Inn in County Antrim is the oldest thatched pub in Ireland.

Renowned for its traditional music, the Crosskeys Inn is a unique, authentic traditional Irish pub that’s also well known for it’s Guinness and whiskey offering.

And it’s only gorgeous exterior.

Antrim crosskeys pub

The Inn is a stone built cottage that was once a coaching stop between Belfast and Derry.

Until recently it was thought that the building dated back to the 1740’s, but in 2010 Queens University Belfast completed a dating process that confirmed that the building actually dated to pre-1654.

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In February 2000 the Crosskeys Inn was partially damaged by fire.

It was restored over the course of a year by Eamon Stinson and then reopened in 2001.

It was purchased by Vincent Hurl later than year and he completed the restoration of the Inn, bringing it back to its formal glory.

Those of you driving the Causeway Costal Route should drop in here over the course of your road trip.

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