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While we’d like to think Theakston ales are legendary in their own right, many other factors contribute to our company's reputation. To experience these you’ll need to visit our brewery in Masham, in North Yorkshire, where you can taste the brews fresh from the cask and smell the hops in the air! Our Visitor Centre has many other 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.

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The Visitor Centre Gift Shop and The Black Bull in Paradise will be opening every day (except Sundays) from Monday 19th July 2021 but we will be asking visitors to continue to wear facemasks while moving around in both areas and when ordering drinks from the bar.

Given the continuing impact of the Coronavirus, we, sadly, remain unable for the time being, to proceed with our guided Tours of the Brewery.  Due to the nature of our business we need to ensure our products are free from risk of any form of contamination and the operational safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority.

We will be reviewing the situation constantly and will proceed with Brewery Tours when the situation allows us to.

We are thrilled that you still wish to visit us, and cannot wait to welcome you back into our Brewery.


   2021 Covid 19      

Due to Covid-19, the continued risk of infection we are very sorry but we are unable to run the guided tours of our brewery at this time.




Opening Times of The Brewery Gift Shop and Tap 

Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm (Last orders in the bar at 4.00pm).

Please note that due to the current situation the opening times may vary, we therefore advise that you telephone in advance of making a long journey 01765 684333 to confirm.




Adults Children (10 - 17yrs) Family Ticket* Private Evening Tours
      Parties of 15 or more. 
Due to heath and safety reasons we cannot include children under 10 years of age on the brewery tour.
* Family ticket includes 2 adults and 2 children (10-17 years of age).
Minimum amount payable for private evening tours
All prices include a complimentary pint (or 2 halves or 3 thirds) or soft drink.
The prices are valid until 30/12/2021 but please be aware they may be subject to change at any point.

Black Bull In Paradise

‘The Black Bull in Paradise’ is our Visitor Centre, a building situated within the brewery surrounds.  Its name is derived from elements of our company history, linking the name of the inn, the Black Bull in which Robert Theakston founded his brewery in 1827 with Paradise Field, the land he bought  a few years later in 1850 and upon which he built a ‘new’ brewery in 1870, the one we still use to this day.

For many years the building served as the home to our dray horses and dray and was also used as ‘warehouse’ to hold barrels and crates of ale. In an upstairs part of the building once upon a time lived our draymen!

After we introduced mechanised methods of delivering beer in the twentieth century, the building was then used for general storage before falling into disuse by the 1980s. With growing public interest in the company and beers, it was decided that a more useful role for the building would be as a focal point or Visitor Centre and so after some much needed refurbishment, our first visitors were welcomed in 1983. We believe that we were one of the first brewers to open such a facility.

Today the Black Bull in Paradise is at the core of our activity. Open every day of the year except Christmas, Boxing and New year’s Day, it is used as our company reception, the place in which new beers are trialled and tested and where the many thousands of annual visitors can come and soak up the historic atmosphere whilst sampling any of at least six different cask ales that are on sale all year round. We have a brewery shop stocked with a wide range of high quality branded goods, providing an ideal opportunity to buy gifts and souvenirs.

We have many interesting artefacts and items relating to nearly two hundred years of Theakston brewing tradition on display. We also have a roaring fire burning on all but the hottest days of the year to welcome you. Outside is a small beer ‘garden’ where it is possible to watch the everyday activity of a busy brewery yard and the perfect place for a pint after a trip round the brewery.

We even hire out the Visitor Centre in the evenings for private parties or events a facility which has proved to be extremely popular!

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