Welcome to the Crosskeys Inn, Ireland’s oldest thatched pub and famous traditional music venue. A traditional Irish pub dating back to 1654 the Crosskeys is situated just off the main Randalstown to Portglenone road (B52) approximately 30 minutes from Belfast. Located centrally in the North of Ireland just north of Lough Neagh and approximately 1 hour drive from the Causeway Coastal route makes it the perfect destination for all visitors to Northern Ireland.
Steeped in history The Crosskeys Inn is a must see tradional Irish pub as recommended by “Lonely Planet Ireland” travel guide. Featuring in numerous Tourism Ireland campaigns worldwide and named as one of the “must see” pubs in Ireland the Crosskeys ticks the box for all visitors.
The uniqueness of the Crosskeys and its importance was recognised in 2017 when it was nominated by Pete Brown, author of the “The Pub” for BBC Countryfile Country Pub Of The Year, with the Crosskeys winning the title and being crowned “Country Pub Of The Year 2017”. A title to be proud of as it was the first time a traditional Irish pub was nominated for the accolade.
As you enter through the latched door there is a definite feeling of stepping back through time. The uneven walls, the stone floors worn down in the centre from generations and generations of footsteps, the low ceilings and various warrens of rooms with open turf fires all bear testament to the authenticity of this historic Irish pub.
The sense of timlessness is increased by the enchanting framed pictures on the walls, mostly of past patrons, old men from another time or music sessions from years gone by. Newspaper cuttings and clippings record the history of The Crosskeys Inn and the local area for future generations to see.