Crosskeys Inn is Ireland’s oldest thatched pub and famous traditional music venue.
The Crosskeys Inn dates back to 1654.
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.
The Inn is a stone built cottage which was once a coaching stop on the route between Belfast and Derry. The building until recently was thought to have dated back to the 1740's. In 2010 Queens University Belfast completed the dating process of dendrochronology and confirmed that the building was actually much older and in fact dated back to pre-1654.
Mon - Sat: 11.30am - 1am
Sun: noon - 11pm
40 Grange Road