Old Kilbeggan Distillery
Old Kilbeggan Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
In the heart of Ireland, just over 1 hour from Dublin lies the town of Kilbeggan, home to the world's oldest distillery, established in 1757. It is the quintessential Irish whiskey distillery - whitewashed walls, weathered slate roof, brick chimney stack, creaking timber water wheel, even regular ghost sightings. This is no mere "visitor centre" but a real working distillery run by a team of young enthusiastic craftspeople (and a few wise old heads too), skilled in the traditional ways of making Irish whiskey. Open 7 days (except during Christmas and New Year). Whiskey Bar. Gift Shop. Free parking.
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  • MandL-OM
    Surrey, United Kingdom319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stopover on route, well worth it!!
    Visited on route, travelling from Ballykeeran in Co. Westmeath to Roundwood in Co, Wicklow. Great parking (we came in our motorhome), a very extensive tour from Michael. Came away with a few purchases! Great that takeaways were given to drivers. A great touch. Highly recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Rob Nesbit
    Warsaw, Poland4,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a good time at the distillery
    Had a good time at the distillery, did the tour and also got to drink a few samples. Spent well over an hour or two here..... Very friendly staff at front desk, and the tour guide was very informative, fun, and kind. The visitor centre is quite big, with a lot to see and take in. Also can sit down and have a some refreshments, and a shop. All in all a good morning drinking whiskey and learning some history. (only negative was the price of the tour was 30 Euros, a little steep me thinks)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Andrea Bell
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Great tour of the original and current factory. The old portion was both beautiful and fascinating to see. We really enjoyed it. The tasting portion was great too! They gave a tasting cocktail to start and then 4 small ones at the end. Our driver got to-go tasters! That was really kind.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Dale B
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Irish Coffee Making Class
    What a great class on the proper way to make an Irish coffee. The group was fairly small so there was a lot of personal attention. We got a tour of the distillery at the same time. We made a great coffee and even got to keep our cup when finished. We would do it again every visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • ahrensjim
    Bridgewater, New Jersey16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Much historical stuff! Great tour!
    I enjoyed the Kilbeggan tour, I was amazed at how much history was there. There was so much to see, all of it interesting, and a nice store to buy a nice sweat shirt. I hiope to go back in May for a second visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 January 2024
  • 219Terry
    Limerick, Ireland60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One for the Road
    Really interesting tour from our guide Michael, taking us through the history of the Distillery as well as some excellent whiskey tasting! My better half isn't a spirits fan, but by the end of the tour he had a good appreciation for what goes into a good whiskey. I do like a nice glass of the uisce beatha, and as the designated driver, Michael gave me my samples to bring home. I hadn't known how the distillery was brought back to life by the community, their love for this key part of their local heritage really shines through.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Ron V
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A step back in time, a lovely experience.
    Gorgeous history, and wonderful how the community came together to save this place. Our tour guide Tracy was very knowledgeable, patient, and happy to answer questions. We learned about what whiskey profile we each preferred, and they had takeaway drams for the driver. Much appreciated with navigating Irish roads and driving on the left side.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
  • davlynski
    Bilgola, Australia597 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good distillery tour
    An excellent stop between Dublin and Galway. We booked a tour which went for around an hour. We were in a bit of a hurry, so instead of spending extra time at the tasting… they gave us small bottles to take away ! Excellent. We are doing our “tasting “ 2 days later !
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • John T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost missed it
    We were driving through Kilbeggan when we saw the Distillary by the time we had decided to visit it were were out side the town we turned round and went back. Probably one of the best decisions we have made. As part of the entrance fee we were given a sample glass with a wiskey cocktail in it which was wrapped in a lanyard. Tracy our guide was very informative explaining how whiskey was made as we walked around sipping our cocktail at the end we had a sampling session with 4 whiskeys. I mention this because if you were a driver they gave you the same samples in little bottles to take away so you could live the experience late. Other distilleries take note. Everybody from the receptionist through the staff to our guide was very helpful. The experience will live on in my memory. And of course I have a moment to remind me
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 May 2024
  • NbptDave
    Newburyport, Massachusetts12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit if traveling across Ireland
    We stopped here for a tour on our way from Galway to Dublin. It was about halfway and in a nice little town. It is mostly a museum with a small amount of whiskey being produced there (primary production is elsewhere). The story around the distillery and community is very cool. The tour was OK - our guide was a great guy but a little subdued and there were other tours happening simultaneously so we often had to wait or had trouble hearing. Our guide did a nice job with the tasting at the end - he was very honest about the various types of whiskey and his preferences. We bought some whiskey and swag in the shop. I wouldn't go far out of my way for this but if you're in the vicinity, it's fun and the tour was relatively short.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2024
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Andrew121AK
Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
On the tour you get to see two sides of Kilbeggan Distillery: old building and equipment from 18th, 19th and 20th century, that was used up to 1957, when operation ceased; but also new boutique distillery with two small stills (3000 and 1800 liters) that started distilling again in 2007. Tour starts with a cocktail and there is tasting on the end as well, including four whiskeys from Suntory portfolio: standard Kilbeggan expression, Kilbeggan Triple Cask, Tyrconnell Single Malt and Connemara Peated Malt. It's nice that you can opt to take them away with you in case you drive or don't drink. During the tour you also get to try new made spirit. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Tour lasted nearly 1.5h and there was 7 people on it. We really appreciated that under 18's get free access with paying adult. Gift shop on site in well stocked and I would recommend getting Single Pot Still or Distiller's Cask as they are two expressions that are actually made on site (you can't buy Distiller's Cask anywhere else in the world and new cask is bottled every 2-3 weeks).
Written 7 July 2024
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NbptDave
Newburyport, MA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We stopped here for a tour on our way from Galway to Dublin. It was about halfway and in a nice little town. It is mostly a museum with a small amount of whiskey being produced there (primary production is elsewhere). The story around the distillery and community is very cool. The tour was OK - our guide was a great guy but a little subdued and there were other tours happening simultaneously so we often had to wait or had trouble hearing. Our guide did a nice job with the tasting at the end - he was very honest about the various types of whiskey and his preferences. We bought some whiskey and swag in the shop. I wouldn't go far out of my way for this but if you're in the vicinity, it's fun and the tour was relatively short.
Written 3 July 2024
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Mindy K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Our group of 15 (family & friends) thoroughly enjoyed our experience which included a private tour and the Irish Coffee Master Class - so much fun! The historic distillery is beautiful and fascinating, the staff members were delightful, and the Irish Coffee the best we had anywhere in Ireland - all the better since we made it ourselves!
Written 29 June 2024
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John T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We were driving through Kilbeggan when we saw the Distillary by the time we had decided to visit it were were out side the town we turned round and went back. Probably one of the best decisions we have made. As part of the entrance fee we were given a sample glass with a wiskey cocktail in it which was wrapped in a lanyard. Tracy our guide was very informative explaining how whiskey was made as we walked around sipping our cocktail at the end we had a sampling session with 4 whiskeys. I mention this because if you were a driver they gave you the same samples in little bottles to take away so you could live the experience late. Other distilleries take note. Everybody from the receptionist through the staff to our guide was very helpful. The experience will live on in my memory. And of course I have a moment to remind me
Written 25 May 2024
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Janette C
Philadelphia, PA78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This is an amazing historical site, with a working water wheel, and an amazing tour. It is wonderful how the town has come together to support this endeavor. This is a beautiful example of history in action.
Written 21 May 2024
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davlynski
Bilgola, Australia597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An excellent stop between Dublin and Galway. We booked a tour which went for around an hour.

We were in a bit of a hurry, so instead of spending extra time at the tasting… they gave us small bottles to take away !
Excellent. We are doing our “tasting “ 2 days later !
Written 21 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ron V
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous history, and wonderful how the community came together to save this place. Our tour guide Tracy was very knowledgeable, patient, and happy to answer questions. We learned about what whiskey profile we each preferred, and they had takeaway drams for the driver. Much appreciated with navigating Irish roads and driving on the left side.
Written 15 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

219Terry
Limerick, Ireland60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Really interesting tour from our guide Michael, taking us through the history of the Distillery as well as some excellent whiskey tasting!
My better half isn't a spirits fan, but by the end of the tour he had a good appreciation for what goes into a good whiskey. I do like a nice glass of the uisce beatha, and as the designated driver, Michael gave me my samples to bring home.
I hadn't known how the distillery was brought back to life by the community, their love for this key part of their local heritage really shines through.
Written 13 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ahrensjim
Bridgewater, NJ16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed the Kilbeggan tour, I was amazed at how much history was there. There was so much to see, all of it interesting, and a nice store to buy a nice sweat shirt. I hiope to go back in May for a second visit.
Written 20 January 2024
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Geraldine P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing, just loved it, Michael Pettit very knowledgeable, wonderful host, a great asset to the distillery. Thanks, Geraldine and Tony
Written 4 January 2024
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