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Greene King Brewery

Location: Bury St Edmunds

Postcode: IP33 1QT

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Discover the rich history of British brewing with the Greene King Brewery tour, a journey through time, tradition, and the art of crafting iconic ales. Experience first-hand the legacy that spans over two centuries.

Visitor Information: Greene King Brewery

  • Greene King Brewery

    Embark on an immersive journey through the iconic Greene King Brewery, nestled in the historic heart of Bury St. Edmunds.

    This tour is more than a simple walkthrough; it’s a rich narrative of British brewing history, commencing from its 1799 origins.

    As you navigate the venerable corridors and brewing chambers, you’ll experience a harmonious blend of time-honoured methods with cutting-edge innovations.

    The aroma of fermenting ales, the sight of traditional casks, and the tales of ancient brewing techniques all coalesce to make this tour a sensory delight.

    A pinnacle moment is the tasting session, where you’ll savour Greene King’s iconic ales, each sip echoing centuries of craftsmanship.

    Alongside, learn about Greene King’s pivotal role in the pub industry and its commitment to sustainability.

    Whether you’re an ale aficionado or a history enthusiast, the Greene King Brewery tour promises a captivating dive into the world of British beer.

  • Highlights
    Not to be missed when visiting

    Historic Overview: Delve deep into Greene King’s origins from 1799, understanding its foundation and evolution.

    Brewing Process Walkthrough: See first-hand how the beers are brewed, from grain selection to fermentation.

    Tasting Session: Sample a variety of Greene King’s iconic ales, including their flagship Greene King IPA.

    Traditional Brewing Techniques: Gain insight into age-old practices that have been maintained and merged with modern methods.

    Sustainability Initiatives: Learn about Greene King’s efforts in promoting eco-friendly brewing practices.

    Exclusive Access: Tour areas of the brewery not open to the general public, getting a behind-the-scenes look.

    Historic Pubs: Understand the significance of Greene King’s vast network of pubs, perhaps with a visit to one of their most iconic or oldest establishments.

    Interactive Exhibits: Engage with interactive displays or multimedia presentations that detail the brewery’s history and brewing techniques.

    Merchandise Shop: A chance to purchase exclusive Greene King merchandise, from branded glassware to limited-edition brews.


  • What is the duration of the Greene King Brewery tour?

    The tour typically lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours, including the tasting session.

  • Is there an age restriction for the tour?

    Yes, participants must be 18 years or older due to the tasting session involved.

  • Do I need to book in advance?

    While walk-ins are sometimes accepted, it’s highly recommended to book in advance to ensure availability.

  • What beers will I get to taste during the tour?

    Participants typically sample a range of Greene King’s iconic ales, including their flagship Greene King IPA, although the selection may vary.

  • Are group bookings available?

    Yes, group bookings are available, often with special rates or arrangements for larger parties.

  • Can I purchase beers or merchandise at the end of the tour?

    Absolutely! There’s a merchandise shop where you can buy branded items and a selection of Greene King beers.

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