Adelaide Tours

City of Pubs

City of Pubs

Walk starting point:

Starting Location

Ayers House Museum, North Terrace



Adelaide has often been described as a city of churches. In reality, the city has always had just as many places to buy alcohol as places of worship. In the colonial period, hotels – often known as “pubs” after the British “public house” – dotted the city, often on prominent street corners.

In the Adelaide City square mile alone, there are more than 70 current or former hotel sites. Over the years, their names, owners and customers have changed many times, but our colonial historical hotel buildings remain an important part of the social fabric and architectural heritage of the city.

Hit the pavement with us to uncover the stories and secrets behind Adelaide best-loved pubs and watering holes. 

What you need to know about this tour:

Tour runs for approximately 90 minutes
Sensible walking footwear is advised