Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, Kilkenny

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Visit Ireland's oldest operating brewery on Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny. 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. Make Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny a centerpiece of your Kilkenny vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very interesting and tasty ! The guides are well trained, the experience tour is filled up with a lot of interesting things about the distellery history and the tasting (depending on what you like and...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Because it was pouring as from buckets, we decided to make an indoor activity and were not disapointed. Very modern and great prepared story about brewing beer, smithwick and Kilkenny incl. tasting.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We had a great tour guide and with the help of technology got the history of Smithwick's and their brewing. It is disappointing that the beer isn't brewed there. The free beer at the end is lovely and...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    A great pit-stop in Kilkenny if you ever travel through it. Parking is right down the road. (Just have your car out by 6 p.m. lol
  • June 14, 2017
    Very different brewery tour, goes much more into the history of the beer. It was so worth it to go through our tour guide was incredible and the option of a free pint or flight at the end was wonderful.
  • June 14, 2017
    Best brew tour in Ireland! Our tour guide was great and everything was really well done! Guinness may have some great views but Smithwicks was a way better tour!
  • June 14, 2017
    An amazing, slightly cheesy, Disney-esque experience. We had a ton of fun here and it was so much better than the Guiness tour. Highly recommended if you're in the area. The beer is also delicious.
  • June 14, 2017
    Harry Potter inspired room was interesting but I cannot say the tour guide lady was very good at her job. Definitely will not come back.

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For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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