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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny
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Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory and interactive experience - named as one of Lonely Planet's '26 of the World's Hottest New Experiences for 2015'. 

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.

Highlights include:
  • 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


Visitor Information

Open Year Round

March - October
Daily 10:00 - 18:00

November - February
Daily 11:00 - 17:00

Pre-booking advisable.

Contact Details

Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, 
Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

T: +353 (0) 56 778 6377


Closed: December 24 to 26

Last admission: Last tour begins one hour before closing

Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes


Admission Prices 2019

Adult: €15.00
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


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Other Useful Information

Free audio guides available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

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.


  • Named as one of the "26 of the Worlds Hottest New Experiences for 2015" by Lonely Planet.


Map Location

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 Mile

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