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    What to Expect
    Visit: Smithwick's Experience, Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VK54 Ireland

    Make your own way to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, roughly 1.5 hours from Dublin by car, at a time suited to you. Located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny City, the Smithwick’s Experience offers a fully interactive, multi-sensory journey through Smithwick’s history.

    On arrival, join one of the guided tours — which run regularly throughout the day and last approximately an hour — and trace the evolution of Ireland’s oldest beer brand, from its medieval origins right up to present day.

    Holograms, Franciscan monks and living portraits of John Smithwick and his family guide you through the tour. Discover how the Smithwick’s story dates back to the 1200s, when monks settled at St Francis Abbey, which functioned as a brewery for more than 300 years. Then, hear about the arrival of the Smithwick family in the 18th century. You’ll also learn more about the brewing process itself and have the chance to experience the texture, tastes and smells of the materials that go into creating the perfect pint of Smithwick’s ale.

    Finish your tour with a carefully poured pint (or a soft drink) at the bar before heading to the gift shop, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Ireland
    Departure Time
    Opening Hours
    March to October: 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5pm)
    November to February: 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm)
    • Guided tour
    • 1 pint of Smithwick's or a soft drink
    • Entry/Admission - Smithwick's Experience
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Lovely tour, very interesting story, good use of AVs and live guide. Would recommend to others visiting Kilkenny.
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    Response from SmithwicksKilkenny, Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
    Responded 6 days ago
    Hi Sylvia, Thank you so much for your recommendation. Delighted to hear you enjoyed the tour and learning all about the history of the brewery and the Smithwick's family. You're more than welcome back to visit anytime. Olivia Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny
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    We had the lovely Anna on our tour, who was very informative and gave extra snippets of local information with stories growing up in the area when the brewery was active. It was really a lovely Irish authentic experience with a beautiful pint at the end. My mother is now
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    Response from SmithwicksKilkenny, Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Sandy, Thanks a million for your kind words. We're delighted to hear you had such an enjoyable experience with us. We take great pride in our history and our staff so very glad to hear you were impressed by both. Lovely to see that you both enjoyed your pints. Thanks again for sharing your lovely feedback, we will be sure to pass it onto Anna and the team. Sarah Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny
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    Visited the tour today. We booked our tickets online and particularly was impressed with the flexibility of the use of the tickets. We arrived for the midday tour and booked in no problem the fella at the desk was very good and to our luck we were the only people there, never
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    Response from SmithwicksKilkenny, Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour to Smithwick's and your first every pint of Smithwick's. Thank you for sharing you fantastic review with us and we will pass your comments on to Robert. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kelly-Lou Smithwick's Experience Killkenny
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    Such a wonderful short (yet long enough) tour; with hands on aspects, humor and history, and a nice quiet after tour bar area where you can talk with fellow tour members. I had Anna as a guide, she was wonderful. I later took Guinness tour in Dublin, but that made this tour
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    Response from SmithwicksKilkenny, Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thank you taking the time to share your experience with us. It sounds like you had the perfect tour, full of humour and history! I will be sure to pass on your wonderful comments to Anna. Again, thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. Deirdre Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
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    This was such a lovely experience! Really interesting and well thought! Many details and full of history! Regina our guide was absolutely amazing, funny and friendly! Really recommend this :)
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    Response from GuinnessStorehouse, Guest Relations Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thanks for taking the time to leave this review. I am delighted your guide Regina was so fun and friendly. I will certainly pass on your kind words. Thanks again for sharing your experience. Deirdre Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
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    • Smithwick's Experience
    • Duration: 1h
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