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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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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 cool refreshing pint in the comfort of our Smithwick's Experience Bar. Audio guides also available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Come to Kilkenny and discover the craft.
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Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Nice guided tour, by request with audio guides in different languages. But our guide spoke clear and slow enough to understand almost everything, even as germans. :) Very familiar atmosphere, cool mixture of visual and auditive tour. Highlights: the free Smithwicks in the end and...More

Thank Slendy T
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We decided to just drop in and try see if there was free slots on a tour which there was and it is actually very interesting to see how smithwicks is actually made and the history behind it is interesting, you get a complementary drink...More

Thank Stedoug92
Reviewed 18 May 2017

I have been on many brewery tours, with this one being a highlight. The guide was informative and the visual experience was exceptional. The beer at the end went down well.

Thank seanbL38UT
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This really took us by surprise, it's an interactive and superbly presented history of the smithwicks brewery; you can see, smell, taste and touch every stage of the brewing process but not before learning an in depth account of how the brewery came to be...More

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This tour was so much fun. As I said I know how they make beer but this tour was more a history of Smithwick and how it survived. Very informative and really easy to got to from Dublin.

Thank Wedge3
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

For those of you who like a Kilkenny or a red ale from Smithwicks, them go and visit the old brewery site and do a tour, you will get the history of where it all began. Our guide Chloe was enthusiastic and informative.

Thank Sandy A
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Very informative tour which details the history of the site as well as how beer is made. Only downside was the group size was too big to be really comfortable in some rooms

Thank Emma C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Super experience loved the Harry Potter theme! Good idea to give a sample of the product. Great guide.

Thank Patchcap
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We enjoyed the visit with Smithwicks. I'm an A/V professional, so can comment on this: The quality of the tour was impressive considering its use of audio and video to make the tour come to live, including "Harry Potter" like talking pictures on the wall....More

Thank FlyByRV
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

First, Cilliam, our guide, was a champion of dreams. He was friendly but professional. He was approachable and knew his Smithwick's facts. The tour is not of the actual brewery, because it has moved due to increased distribution. They have built out an enjoyable tour...More

Thank Matt H
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dorothy r
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)
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
paige h
16 May 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your question. Yes our tour is family friendly, our family rate is €33.00 for two adults and up to four children under 18. Individual rates can be found on our website Regards, Valerie