The Lion Brewery has been established in Hartlepool for over 150 years and has been the home to Camerons since 1865.
Brewery Tours are available Tuesday to Sunday, where visitors can see how Camerons beers are made. People are invited to meet the faces behind the beer, ask questions and to take in the wonders of the Italian marble-lined brew hall.
Guided tours can be thirsty work, so we invite you to join us in the relaxing, atmospheric, fully-licensed bar and enjoy the likes of award-winning Camerons Strongarm, the brewery’s flagship beer which is as distinct as Hartlepool itself.
The Heritage Centre
Camerons Brewery Heritage Centre is on the site of the former Stranton pub. It offers a remarkable and educational insight into beer production but
is also fascinating story of entrepreneurial activity, innovation, social history and political manoeuvring. Interactive displays trace brewing through the ages and the rise of the present company from its origins in 1865 when John
William Cameron first entered the Lion Brewery.
How to Book & Opening Times – Tours must be booked in advance!
Camerons Brewery Visitors Centre:
Opening times 10am-4pm
Monday to Saturday inclusive.
Duration: approx. 1 – 1½ hours.
Tour Times: 11am – 2pm daily.
Price includes two half pint / soft drinks samples.
For Health & Safety reasons, no children under 11 years.
Adult – £5.00
Concessions – £4.50
Minimum 16 persons.
Open to over 18’s only.
(Please call to confirm opening and prices)
History of Camerons Brewery
1852 – Lion Brewery purchased by William Waldon for its pure water drawn from an artesian well. This same well supplies the modern brewery today.
1865 -John William Cameron engaged to run the brewery. Took over lease on brewery with the death of William Waldon, Jnr.
1892 – Present Lion Brewery was built, incorporating the most up-to-date equipment.
1894 – Camerons became a limited company owning 50 pubs.
1955 – Famous “Strongarm” brand established to meet the growing demands for a stronger draught beer. Popularity soon established.
1985 – As the shipping empire, of which Camerons had become a part, declines, a series of corporate owners move in over the next 7 years.
1992 Taken over by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries.
2002 – Purchased by Castle Eden Brewery. Camerons Brewery Limited formed and the Lion roars once more as its independence is regained.