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Theakston Visitor Centre & Brewery Tour

The Brewery


North Yorkshire


Website: http://www.theakstons.co.uk/visitorcentre/

Landline: 01765 680000

To have a legendary Theakston experience you'll need to visit Masham, in North Yorkshire, where you can taste the brews fresh from the cask and smell the hops in the air!

Of course you'll want to come and see us at the brewery. Our Visitor Centre has many interesting things worth experiencing first-hand.

If you've read your history, then you'll know that it all started when Robert Theakston leased the Black Bull Inn and brewhouse in Masham.

In 1875 his son, Thomas, built the famous brewery that stands on an area of Masham known as "Paradise Fields". Hence "The Black Bull in Paradise" Visitor Centre.

Visit Masham to witness the creation of Ales first hand – to experience the flavours and aromas of malted barley, hops and yeast for yourself.

In fact, with a trained guide, you'll be able to follow the entire brewing process: from blending the ingredients, through filling the casks, to the craft of the cooper as straight pieces of oak are formed into curved staves to create a sublime vessel that holds a precise measure of beer.

You can chat to the people behind the beer, ask any questions, or simply soak up the atmosphere of the brewer's art.

The tours can be surprisingly thirsty work. So you'll also be invited to have a pint and enjoy the authentic taste of British beer at its best in the brewery tap, warmed by the inevitable real fire.


The Brewery is a 'tower style' brewery, which means that everything starts at the top and is thereafter moved by gravity.This means that there are steep stairways and some narrow walkways. People with mobility difficulties should be aware of this.

Due to health and safety reasons we cannot include children under 10 years of age into the brewery.

Please note, there are no brewery parking spaces so we suggest that visitors park in Masham market place and take the short signposted walk to the centre.

Special Evening Tours

For a special occasion, evening tours and parties are available for groups of 20-50 people.

These special events are hosted by a brewery guide and include a personal tour with as much beer sampling as you like (and we can also provide food to suit the occasion).

Evening tours run between 7.15pm-10.00pm and cost £13.75 per head (plus catering, if required).

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