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Visitors to the Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny will be brought on a journey - from the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700’s and right up to the present day.
Immerse yourself in the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick family and its place in Kilkenny, a city steeped in history and brewing.
The Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is in the heart of Kilkenny City, just a 5 minute walk from Kilkenny Castle, on Ireland's Medieval Mile.
- The history of the Abbey of St Francis and how clever monks crafted water into ale
- Let 5 generations of Smithwicks tell you how they turned a humble ale to a brew famous the world over
- Discover what gives this ruby ale its unique character and flavor
- The Tasting Room - the perfect place to judge a pint of Smithwick's
Open Year Round
March - October
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
November - February
Daily 11:00 - 17:00
Closed: Good Friday (March 30, 2018) and December 24 to 26
Last admission: Last tour begins one hour before closing
Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes
Senior (aged 65+): €13.00
Student (aged 18+, with valid ID): €13.00
Student (under 18): €9.00
Child (under 6): Free
Family (2 adults & 3 children): €38.00
Includes a guided tour and a complimentary Pint of Smithwick’s or a soft drink
Other Useful Information
Free audio guides available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
No on-site dining but there are a variety of pubs, cafes & restaurants nearby.
Gift shop selling a large range of Smithwick's branded merchandise (open until 18:00).
Paid car and coach parking available nearby.
Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.
Group rates available (minimum 15 people). Pre-booking required.
Free Wi-Fi available.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- Named as one of the "26 of the Worlds Hottest New Experiences for 2015" by Lonely Planet.
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