The story of Smithwick’s is brought to life through the clever mix of technology and storytelling

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations to create the Smithwick’s Experience – a journey like no other. Learn about the fascinating history of brewing on this site and the resourceful family behind the name.

Harvested from the land and seasoned by Irish history, Smithwick’s has been brewed in Ireland since 1710. Visitors get to experience the sights, smells and tastes of the brewing process and learn what makes Smithwick’s famous the world over. Enjoying your favourite Smithwick’s ale in the newly refurbished bar, while one of the local staff explains what makes it so unique, makes this one of the most enjoyable tours in Ireland.

Don’t forget to pick up a gift for yourself or a friend at the Smithwick’s Retail store where they offer an exclusive range of merchandise, including customised, engraved glasses, clothing and giftware. Tours run daily throughout the year and are guided by local and passionate tour guides. Complimentary pint of Smithwick’s available to all visitors over 18 years old. Soft drinks also available.

The Smithwick’s Experience is one of Kilkenny’s must-see attractions. Located in the heart of Kilkenny on Ireland’s Medieval Mile, the daily guided-tours bring the story of Smithwick’s to life through the clever mix of technology and storytelling. Relax in the recently refurbished bar over a pint of your favourite ale and discover for yourself what makes this one of Kilkenny’s most loved attractions.


  • The history of the Abbey of St Francis and how monks crafted water into ale
  • Discover what gives this ruby ale its unique character and flavour
  • The Tasting Room – the perfect place to judge a pint of Smithwick’s

Opening Times

March to October: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)

November to February: 11:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00)


Admission Prices 2019

Adult: €16.00

Senior (aged 65+): €14.00

Student (aged 18+, with valid ID): €14.00

Child (7-17yrs): €10.00

Child (U6): Free

Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): €40.00

Useful Information

Guided tours, throughout the day last 1 hour.

On site retail store sells a range of merchandise.

Paid parking at the nearby Market Yard or Market Cross car parks.

Getting There

Just a 10 minute walk from Kilkenny Castle in the heart of Kilkenny city

Map Location: 52.654334, -7.254240
Contact Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny

Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Eircode: R95 VK54
T: +353 (0)56 778 6377
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