10 of the world’s oldest pubs

Sean’s Bar, Athlone, Ireland


Dates from: 900AD (1,114 years old)
Officially the oldest bar in Ireland, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Sean’s Bar is currently being investigated to determine if it is in fact the world’s oldest bar. It dates back to 900 AD, a fact confirmed during renovations in 1970 when the walls of the bar were found to be made of wattle and wicker which placed the origins of the building in the 10th century. Remarkably, according to Frommer’s travel guide, the bar holds records of every one of its owners throughout its long history,  including Boy George who owned it briefly in 1987.

One Response to “10 of the world’s oldest pubs”

  1. Bridget Stott says:

    And perhaps add The Porch House at Stow-on-the-Wold dating from 947AD. porch-house.co.uk

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