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Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills

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Once owned by smugglers, but now one of the most prolific whiskey producers in Ireland, Old Bushmills Distillery attracts over 120,000 visitors every year. The distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world, although you'll see the most modern distilling methods in action on your visit. Take a guided tour of the distillery, where you'll learn about whiskey's history and production methods. Taste the beverage at the end of your tour and purchase a bottle to share with friends. Using our world travel planner, Bushmills attractions like Old Bushmills Distillery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The guide Tim was very informative and made the tour which lasts approximately 40 minutes interesting. All aspects of the tour were enjoyable and although not a whiskey drinker the history, process an...  more »
  • Very interesting visit , guide was very knowledgable interesting to see. And with you're ticket you can have a taster at the end if you want to 
  • Great tour. Giftshop and cafe. They can cope with large groups with ease. You don't have to do the tour to gain access to the gift shop 
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  • Fascinating tour. Rachel our tour guide was merry and informative. Would highly recommend. The gift shop is reasonable. Would also highly recommend the 12 year old reserve.
  • Interesting place The guy with the bird who was pouring whisky is an excellent barman who loves and knows his job Thank you!
  • Really enjoyed this a few year ago, especially the sampling session at the end. Very disappointed recently though, to discover that small children aren't allowed! I understand the health and safety aspect of not allowing children around working stills, but banning them entirely seems a crude measure! Perhaps reminders to parents to supervise their kids would be more reasonable!
  • Oldest listened distillery in the world. £7.50 for a tour, you are give a small bottle of Bushmills honey and then taken on the tour. They are currently doing maintenance so we couldn't see the stills but were able to see most of the plant. After the tour you are taken into the bar restaurant where you get to chose 1 sample, highly recommended the 12 year old Take Bus 221 from Belfast Europa bus terminal for £9 round trip at 9:30AM and get to the causeway by 11am. The bus then comes back at 2pm to take you back to Belfast Europa bus terminal. You can also take the 402 bus from here to the Bushmill Distillery and then take the 402 bus to Coleraine bus centre where you can take bus 218 back to Belfast Europa bus centre. All this for £9
  • Tour guide Amber was fantastic. Not being able to take photos once in the factory was disappointing. Whiskey tasting was a personal highlight. All around a fascinating and enjoyable experience.