Smithwick's Experience, Kilkenny

4.5
Visit Ireland's oldest operating brewery on Smithwick's Experience. John Smithwick founded the company in 1710. He originally brewed the beer in St. Francis Abbey Brewery. As you tour the facilities, learn about Ireland's history of brewing and see where Smithwick's beer is made. On the same site, visit St. Francis Abbey, the 13th-century structure where monks brewed ale as far back as the 1300s. When you finish touring, you'll have a chance to taste Smithwick's red ale-style beer, originally brewed for the first Kilkenny Beer Festival. Put Smithwick's Experience and other Kilkenny attractions into our Kilkenny trip app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Not really good! Brewery has been in Dublin for years and this leadership is too short for the money paid. Great videos but very automated. 3€ surcharge for a paddle of 3 beers is a bit cheeky. Better to do the tour in Dublin!!!!
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  • The tour doesn't take a long time but it is nicely done and interactive. You get to know the most important processes and at the end you get a pint. If you book online you get a discount of 2 euro.  more »
  • From the minute I entered encountered friendly, chatty staff who added to the overall experience. Excellent representation of the Smithwick's history. Lovely visit to the bar at the end of the tour to...  more »
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  • An expensive tour but worth it if you have the money and time to spare. The tour guide, Robert I believe his name was, was enthusiastic and great. It’s a good tour and an experience - but I doubt I would do it again :).
  • My husband had a great time taking the tour of Smithwick's. The gentleman giving the tour was really nice and great with all of our questions. He showed the group a picture of his grandfather who worked at the brewery. The town seems proud of its heritage and was great seeing a bit of history there. (The tasting after was fantastic too!)
  • I liked the tour and the experience. The building and the exhibition was so high tech, I recommend for everybody to visit. I enjoyed the tasting part, my favourite was the Blonde version of Smithwick's.
  • Great experience. The tour is relatively short (30-45min), but provides some useful historical context and uses multimedia very nicely. Tours go every half hour, opening hours depend on the season.
  • Great tour experience and of course great beer at the end.
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