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Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations to create the Smithwick’s Experience – a journey like no other.
Visitors to our award-winning visitor centre will experience the smells and tastes of the brewing process and hear from our passionate guides about what makes Smithwick’s so unique.
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.
- Learn about the origins of brewing on this site when the monks of St. Francis Abbey crafted water into ale
- Discover the Smithwick family story – told in their own unique style
- On the brewing floor get hands-on and discover what gives Ireland’s favourite ale its character and flavour.
- The tasting bar - 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: December 24 to 26
Last admission: Last tour begins one hour before closing
Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes
Senior (aged 65+): €14.00
Student (aged 18+, with valid ID): €14.00
Student (7-17): €10.00
Child (under 6): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €40.00
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.
Located on Parliament Street, in the heart of Kilkenny City, the Smithwick’s Experience is approximately a 5 minute walk from Kilkenny Castle on Ireland's Medieval MileSmithwick's Experience Kilkenny Nearby Attractions