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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny
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Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory and interactive experience celebrating Ireland’s best-loved ale. 

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.

Highlights include:
  • 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


Visitor Information

As a result of COVID-19 and current Government restrictions with the requirement for physical distancing, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny will remain closed to visitors for the remainder of 2020.

Contact Details

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

T: +353 (0) 56 778 6377
W: www.smithwicksexperience.com




Admission Prices 2020

Adult: €16.00
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


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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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