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The world of hook norton brewery

Visitor Centre and Brewery Tours

Brewery tours

We run three brewery tours Monday to Friday and five on Saturdays.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11.00am 13.30pm 14.30pm
Saturday 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm 14.00pm
Cost: £14.50 per person (over 60 concessionary price £12.00 per person).

Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approx 1 1/2 hours, progress around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine, learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers. After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence you'll be able to see our lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. Upon completion of the tour, it's back to our sampling bar in the Visitor Centre for a beer tasting and to collect your free 1/2 pint Hooky tour glass.

PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you book a brewery tour before arriving. Regrettably, the Brewery Tour itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms)

Want to book a tour?

Evening Tours

Cost : £15.00 per person.
These are a unique way to experience the brewery and are available year round for a minimum group size of 10 people. Payable in advance. Minimum age 18 yrs.

Visitor Centre

Housed in the original maltings the Brewery Visitor Centre and shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm throughout the year. We offer light lunches, tea, coffee, soft drinks and of course beer! Choose from our range of delicious pizza, quiche, pies, handmade baguettes and sandwiches along with tasty treats including brownies, cookies, cakes and pastries, perfect with our freshly made coffee.
For groups of 6 or more please let us know if you would like food when booking so we can get it ready for you.

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

December 24th Christmas Eve – 09.00am – 15.00pm
December 25th Christmas Day – Closed
December 26th Boxing Day – Closed
December 27th – 09.00am – 16.30pm
December 28th – 09.00am – 17.00pm
December 29th – 09.00am – 17.00pm
December 30th – 09.00am – 17.00pm
December 31st – 09.00am – 15.00pm
January 1st – New Year’s Day - Closed

Shire Horses

We are one of the few breweries that still use shire horses and dray to deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. They can be seen working on the following days.

  • Every Thursday (weather permitting), delivering to The Pear Tree, Hook Norton at 12 noon.
  • Every Friday (weather permitting), delivering to The Gate Hangs High, Hook Norton at 12 noon.
  • First Saturday of each month (weather permitting the horses will leave the Brewery at 11am on a tour of Hook Norton.*

If you would like to see the shire and dray on their regular delivery rounds please call to check that they will be working on that day.

Steam Engine

One of the most remarkable survivors of time at this iconic Victorian tower brewery is the 25hp steam engine that can drive the machinery, just as it has done for the past hundred years. Installed in 1899 it was used to provide the motive power that the brewery needed to produce its beer and it is believed to be the last steam engine in the country that can still be used for its original purpose.

We run the Steam Engine on the first Saturday of each month about 11.30a.m for an hour.

Please note the following information:

Sensible footwear is highly recommended. Regrettably, the Brewery Tour itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms) as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre, Brewery Shop and Museum, however, are easily accessible for both.  Please note, the Brewery is a nut free and no smoking site. School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: to discuss your requirements.

Please let a member of staff know if, within a week of coming on your tour -
You have been abroad within the last three weeks and been exposed to anything which could put the safety of our business at risk?
Have you visited another food production site within the last three weeks which could put the safety of our business at risk?
Are you or have you suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting in the last seven days?
Are you suffering from a heavy cold?
Have you any cuts or sores that need covering?

Please read our full Access Statement here.


Brewery wins Heritage Lottery fund support

Hook Norton Brewery has received £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Hooked on Tradition: Accessing Hook Norton’s Brewery Heritage. The project focuses on the Brewery site and unites the staff and volunteers in a range of improvements to the site aimed at making the unique heritage of this Victorian tower brewery more accessible. Work to repair one of the grade 2 listed chimneys attached to the main brewery building now complete. At the same time a programme of activities and events will be launched to provide new opportunities for volunteering and improve information for people visiting the Brewery and its website. 


The Visitor Centre is also home to the Brewery Shop. Here you will be able to find our beers – in varying sizes from bottle to barrel and, of course, our customers are always welcome to ‘try before you buy’. We also feature a good selection of Hook Norton Brewery branded goods which make perfect gifts and keepsakes.


The brewer's craft is rooted in antiquity and this is nowhere more true than at Hook Norton. The Brewery Museum houses some of the old equipment that has been used across the years at Hook Norton, alongside many fascinating records and photographs from the era.