Barton Town Centre Pub Crawl Walk


The following walk is for people who would like to sample the pubs of Barton. It takes you from the Interchange (Station) through the heart of Barton almost to the park. It is ideal for families who want a quiet drink during their visit or for people who want to spend a night socialising in Barton.

This walk will start at the Barton Interchange (Station). Inbarton would like to discourage drink driving so if the whole party is drinking please either walk, catch the bus, catch the train or take a taxi to the start point and home again.

  1. Opposite the Interchange (Station) is The White Swan.  In Victorian times it was a posting and commercial house providing first class stabling and a bowling green.  The actual pub dates from at least the early 1700s.
  2. Leaving The White Swan head up Fleetgate and about half way up on the right is Charlie's.  This has recently undergone refurbishment after closing when known as the Steam Packet.  This pub probably dates from the early 1800s or possibly earlier.
  3. Leave Charlie's and head to the mini roundabout on the corner with High Street and then turn left down High Street. Very soon on the left is The Coach and Horses.  This was originally a beer house, set up to cash in on the passing trade from the Stagecoach which ran from the Waterside Inn (now closed).
  4. Leave The Coach and Horses and carrying on along High Street towards Junction Square.  On the corner of Junction Square is The Red Lion.  This used to have a newsagents adjoining it on the left.  The Red Lion is most likely the oldest pub in Barton, and was originally called the Black Swan.  It dates from at least 1595.
  5. Leave The Red Lion and carry on along High Street (passing a few take-away food outlets on the way).  At the bottom of High Street at the junction with King Street (almost opposite the former Police Station) turn right up King Street. At the very top of King Street (after passing more food outlets) is The George Hotel.  Herbert Gaunt was the landlord in 1904 but the actual pub dates from at least 1695.
  6. As you leave The George Hotel follow the building round the corner onto Holydyke and to your right across the road on the corner of Holydyke and Brigg Road you will see the The Wheatsheaf.  The single storey extension on the left was originally a cottage.  The Wheatsheaf dates from at least the late 1700s.
  7. After leaving The Wheatsheaf Hotel cross the junction of Brigg Road and aim back towards the Market Place (remaining on the right side path).  Carry on past the Zebra crossing to The Old Mill (after passing another food outlet).  This lay derelict for many years until it was restored to its current use in the 1980s.
  8. Leave The Old Mill and follow the path round the corner aiming towards the park.  Very soon you will find the Volunteer Arms.  The name apparently comes from the contingent of Barton volunteers formed in response to the threat of invasion by Napoleon, although it was renamed in the late 1860s which is much later than the Napoleonic War.  It is also locally known as Crow Trees. 

If you were to just walk this walk it should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes (Obviously longer if you have a drink or two).  There are other pubs in Barton which are further from the town centre eg. The Sloop Inn which is down Waterside Road, Queens along Queen Street and The Carnival Inn which is along Tofts Road.  There are also other pubs and clubs which require membership.

This is not a comprehensive list of all pubs in Barton and this website does not endorse any pub by mentioning it here.

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