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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

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Located in the heart of Kilkenny city, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory experience that immerses you in the history of Ireland's oldest ale. Get a flavour for how our famous ale has been crafted over generations and finish with a...more
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Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VK54, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The actual brewing of the beer has moved to Dublin, but this location has a great educational tour. I loved the talking portraits which gave the tour a touch of Disneyland. We picked the beer paddle with a taste of all three products. The overall...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pippin5us
Reviewed yesterday

We've been to a few breweries and distillers on our travels and they become more or less the same format. However the exciting part is learning about the different types of beer etc. This was a 30 minute hosted by Simon who was witty and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This tour was much more sophisticated than I expected. For those who have done the Guinness tour in Dublin, you will recognize some stylistic similarities as they are the same company now. However, this tour is guided and smaller than its Dublin counterpart, yet still...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are planning just one brewery tour in Ireland, make it this one; we did both this one and Guinness, and while the Guinness Experience was definitely larger, this one included more history and was led by a guide (ours was Colin), so much...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Snowbree
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Sure, you’re in Ireland for whiskey and the “other” brewery tour but this was the one we liked best. Smaller setting meant we felt more at home with our tour hosts. Great selection of samples at the end. Our only regret is that more of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Larryje25
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great stop in Kilkenny we did it as part of the Mid-Evil Mile Pass. Very updated tour with a little CGI. Fun tour. Good Beer

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Danny B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to loads of brewery tours and this is definitely up there with the best. It's quite quick and to the point (which some people might not like) but I thought it was ideal.It's fun and factual and the guides are very informative and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Graham D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the tour of Smithwicks. Fun use of electronics to show the history of the brewery. Our guide was very fun and engaging. And of course the ale was excellent.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank justmealways4722
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting tour into beer making. You get to learn lots of details about the company and the beer making progress in a very fun way. At the end you get to either drink 1 pint(13€) or a sample of 3 beers (16€). Simon, our...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank W_Catalin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just over an hour via rail from Dublin. Kilkenny is a delightful little town-going to Smithwick's was the icing on the cake. Good tour-great tasting! Very nice gift shop as well.

Date of experience: March 2019
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3 April 2018|
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Response from minghaf | Property representative |
Hello firegk13, Bus and trains depart from Dublin to killenny on a regular basis from Dublin City Centre. You can check this online at buseireann or iarnroid eireann. I hope this helps.
26 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Dorothy R, The Smithwick's Experience is fully wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to call me directly if you have any specific queries regarding entrance, tour times etc. Kind regards, Valerie (056 7786377)
Katie P
18 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Kaite99, The benefit to buying tickets online is that you receive a 10%discount off adult admission. Tours run regularly throughout the day so when you visit, bring along your booking reference number and we will get you... More