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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket

Kilkenny, Ireland

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Explore the history of Smithwick’s — Ireland’s oldest brewery — with a visit to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. With your entrance ticket in hand, head inside the Smithwick’s Experience and join a 1-hour guided tour. Follow the history of Ireland’s oldest beer name from its medieval origins right up to the present day. Watch holograms of Franciscan monks brewing their tasty beers and gain insight into the Smithwick family name. Learn about the brewing process — from hops through fermentation to the pump — and finish your tour with a refreshing pint of Smithwick’s beer.
  • Admission to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
  • Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the Smithwick’s Experience in Kilkenny
  • Gain insight into Ireland’s medieval brewing heritage
  • Learn of the delicate balances of hops, malt and barley that go into Smithwick’s delicious beers
  • End your visit with a pint of beer from the brewery or upgrade to a tour including 3 ale tastings served on a traditional wooden tasting paddle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Discover Smithwick’s rich history with this brewery tour—conveniently just a 5-minute walk from Kilkenny Castle.
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Guided tour
1 pint of Smithwick's or a soft drink
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Smithwick's Experience, Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VK54 Ireland

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Tour with Pint
1/1/2021 - 7/27/2021
Monday - Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tour with Tasting Paddle
1/1/2021 - 7/27/2021
Monday - Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants under the age of 6 years go free of charge
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Adult rate applies to all bookings
  • Please note: it is recommended to pre-book your preferred time slot; refer to voucher for details
  • OPERATED BY Smithwick's Experience

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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October 2019 Ireland Visit
, Oct 2019
We all had an amazing time and no wimpy pourings like in the states when you try the product. Full half pint glasses. The tour was very surprising (I won't revel part with the bathroom couches) so anyone that takes the tour will be entertained. It is not your usual Brewery tour. This was a family tour, Son, Daughter & Son-in-law, me and my husband.
Smithwick's Brewery Tour
Priscilla A
, Jun 2019
Great little tour of one of Ireland's best. Informative AND tasty! I recommend the this tour for any beer/ale lover.
First you will learn how to...
, Jan 2018
First you will learn how to pronounce Smithwicks correctly. Informative and high tech tour as you learn the history of this beer and the secret to what makes it so good. At the end of the tour, enjoy your beer tasting with fellow tour mates. The town of Kilkenny is small and quaint. Smithwicks is easy to find.
Very fun experience. It's a short...
Jordan H
, Nov 2017
Very fun experience. It's a short and intimate tour, and you get to learn quite a bit about the beer making process. They also allow you to interact with some ingredients, such as smelling different hops. The building is also right in the middle of the medieval mile of Kilkenny city, so it is conveniently nearby many other great pieces of history, like the Black Abbey. The tour doesn't take too long, and it is not too demanding physically. I recommend getting the package that gets you 3 beers at the end. It is not much more money, and you can relax and enjoy the nice bar at the end of the tour.
Not to be missed. This tour is a lot...
, Oct 2017
Not to be missed. This tour is a lot more intimate and entertaining than the Guiness tour, which is very crowded and chaotic. Smithwicks is a smaller brewery with an even longer history. Our tour guide was lovely, very welcoming, and informative - and the environment is much more charming.
Learned lots and is by far the best...
, Oct 2017
Learned lots and is by far the best brewery tour we have been on
Great way to begin our trip to Ireland...
, Sep 2017
Great way to begin our trip to Ireland. Small group which turned out to be fun and friendly.
This tour is worth the time and...
Mary B
, Jun 2017
This tour is worth the time and . What I found especially fun and unique was that they told the history of Kilkenny and the influences from outside foreign invasions on the brewery and town. Without spoiling anything, the tour was not just someone talking - there were lots of fun stations. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. Pay a little extra for the paddle's worth it!
Excellent tour highlights the...
Lacey O
, Oct 2016
Excellent tour highlights the history of the product and the family behind it. Pronounced Smith-icks as the w is actually silent. They utilize moving pictures framed TVs in one room to tell part of the history which was very well done and informative. Who wouldn't want to end their tour with a delicious pint or half pint of their product?!?
This tour is set up like a smaller...
Luka B
, Aug 2016
This tour is set up like a smaller version of what you get in Dublin in Guinness Storehouse. So if you have seen the Dublin version, this comes as being just ok.

Product code: 16114SMITH

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