1. Ireland
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  3. Kilkenny
  4. Smithwick's Brewery

Kilkenny: Smithwick's Beer Experience

Product ID: 208143
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Experience one of Kilkenny's most visited attractions at the Smithwick's brewery in Kilkenny. Learn about the brewing innovations and discover the family behind one of Ireland's oldest and best-loved ales.
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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration: 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Visit one of Kilkenny's must-see attractions
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes that create the perfect pint
  • Learn about the Franciscan monks who started brewing here
  • Hear the story of the Smithwick family
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink in the intimate bar
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Begin your journey with the Franciscan monks who first started brewing on this site in the 13th-century and whose resourcefulness began the tradition of brewing at St. Francis Abbey. Continue on to learn the history of the Smithwick family, told as only they know how. Learn about how John Smithwick established his brewery in 1710 and over 300 years the family made a name for themselves in Kilkenny and further afield as brewers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and benefactors.

On the brewing floor, experience a reproduction of the brewing process right down to the smell of the hops and the taste of the sweet wort. Learn about the 4 ingredients that go into every pint of Smithwick's, including the secret ingredient which is kept under lock and key.

The final stage of the tour is, for many, the best - sample a pint of your favorite Smithwick's ale in the tasting bar or upgrade to a Tasting Paddle where you can sample 3 different ales on offer. Learn what makes Smithwick's one of Ireland's favorite ales that is famous all over the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy, this fun and informative tour.
  • Guided tour
  • Complimentary pint of Smithwick's or a soft drink
  • Audio guides in French, German, Spanish, or Italian

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Meeting point

Smithwick's Experience 43 Parliament St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 TW27, Ireland. The brewery is located beside the courthouse on Parliament St. Make your way down the laneway beside the retail store, to the admissions desk where your voucher will be processed and exchanged for tickets for the next available tour.

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From US$ 19.06 per person

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Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny

Product ID: 208143