Explore the history of Smithwick’s — Ireland’s oldest brewery — with a visit to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. With your entrance ticket in hand, head inside the Smithwick’s Experience and join a 1-hour guided tour. Follow the history of Ireland’s oldest beer name from its medieval origins right up to the present day. Watch holograms of Franciscan monks brewing their tasty beers and gain insight into the Smithwick family name. Learn about the brewing process — from hops through fermentation to the pump — and finish your tour with a refreshing pint of Smithwick’s beer. Highlights Admission to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the Smithwick’s Experience in Kilkenny Gain insight into Ireland’s medieval brewing heritage Learn of the delicate balances of hops, malt and barley that go into Smithwick’s delicious beers End your visit with a pint of beer from the brewery or upgrade to a tour including 3 ale tastings served on a traditional wooden tasting paddle
We’re open 7 days a week.
March – October: 10.00am – 6.00pm
(last admission 5.00pm)
November – February: 11.00am – 5.00pm
(last admission 4.00pm)
We’re not open:
Good Friday (please check date)
Eve (Dec. 24th)
Christmas Day (Dec. 25th)
St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day (Dec. 26th)
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
44 Parliament Street
Call +353 (0)56 7786377
Our Smithwick’s Experience guided tours run at regular intervals throughout the day, 7 days a week, each tour taking approximately 1 hour.
July & August
Every 20 minutes, 10.00am – 5.00pm
March – June & September – October
Every 30 minutes, 11.00am – 5.00pm
November – February
On the hour, every hour, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Sharing the experience makes it even more fun, and we welcome groups of all sizes to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. We’re happy to offer discounted rates depending on group numbers.