Smithwick’s has been brewed in Ireland since 1710

How did Smithwick’s become Ireland’s most popular ale? The results of three centuries spent innovating might just have something to do with it. Surviving, adapting and thriving, the Smithwick family had much to offer the city of Kilkenny.

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other.

Get ready to experience a tour with more than a few surprises along the way. Local guides are waiting to introduce you to some very memorable characters, as you’re transported back in time.

The price of a standard ticket includes a fully guided tour of Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. A local guide gives the tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour, enjoy interactive and surprising experiences along the way.

At the end of your tour, you will be treated to a complimentary pint of your favourite Smithwick’s Ale, with soft drinks provided for those under 18.

Located in the heart of historic Kilkenny, less than 90 minutes from Dublin and only a 10-minute stroll from the iconic Kilkenny Castle, proud to be part of Kilkenny’s famous Medieval Mile.

  • 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

Open Daily Year Round
March – October: 10.30am – 6.30pm
(Last tour at 5pm)
November – February: 11am – 5pm
(Last tour at 4pm. No tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th), Christmas Day (Dec. 25th), St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day (Dec. 26th)
From November to February, we exclusively open our Bar and Retail sections on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with no tours available during this period.


Admission Rates Apply

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Useful Information
  • Guided tours, throughout the day
  • 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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