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

The Smithwick’s Experience is one of Kilkenny’s must-see attractions. 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.

Tours run daily throughout the year and are guided by local and passionate tour guides. Along the way you will discover how the craft of brewing began on this site in the 13th century and how John Smithwick first began brewing the ale we know and love today. Savour the sensations of the brewing process and try your hand at turning the mill and stirring the mash. Your tour is topped off with a perfectly poured pint of Smithwick’s. Sit back and relax in the recently refurbished bar at the home of Ireland’s most popular ale.
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. Complimentary pint of Smithwick’s available to all visitors over 18 years old. Soft drinks also available. See website for further information and to book your tour:

  • 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

Due to Covid-19 Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny is currently closed


Admission Prices 2020

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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