Hensol Castle Distillery
Hensol Castle Distillery
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Hensol Castle Distillery is based in the cellars of the beautiful 17th century Hensol Castle. Take a tour of our distillery and learn about the history of the castle and gin itself with a tutored tasting for only £25 per person. Alternatively you can chose a gin making experience and create your own bespoke 70cl bottle of gin starting from only £99.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ann H
    Leeds, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gin tasting
    I went with my husband and we really enjoyed it. The distiller was very knowledgeable about the history of the castle and the making of the gin. We were with a group of youngsters who were being disrespectful and disruptive but he handled the situation even though you could see he was embarrassed by their behaviour. He did apologise after the tour but it wasn't his fault
    Good Morning. Thank you for leaving a review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself on the Gin Making Experience. I hope you're enjoying your personalised bottle! Thanks again, The HCD Team.
    Written September 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • LoveHolidayzz
    Cardiff, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day gin making!
    We had a fantastic day at Hensol Castle making gin! The tour was lovely, with lots of interesting fact about the history of gin and Hensol Castle itself. Our guide was Peter and he was fab, really patient and knowledgeable and willing to answer our questions and help us! The gin making was so much fun, cannot recommend it enough and I can’t believe what we produced in the time we were there! Thank you Pete for our gin, for the tasters and a brilliant day! Highly recommend!
    Good afternoon. Thank you for leaving such a complimentary review. I'm pleased to hear that you had a fantastic and interesting day visiting the distillery for the Gin Making Experience. I'm also happy to hear that Pete was a great host throughout the day. Thanks again, The HCD Team.
    Written September 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Steve C
    Swansea, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hensol and Hugo Delivered!
    What Fantastic Afternoon! From the time we started the experience to the end the event was interesting and professionally delivered. Hugo took us on a verbal tour of gin making and Hensol Castle.. Then we spent time learning about botanicals in preparation for making our own gin. Hugo was knowledgeable and delivered the event in a way that was engaging and enjoyable. Well Done Hugo and Hensol
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Mariorang
    Pontyclun, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful afternoon tea
    Visited with my wife and my in-laws for afternoon tea to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Fantastic service within minutes of our arrival. Afternoon tea was not only delicious, but also very generous portions! We all had a wonderful afternoon. Thank you to all the staff at Hensol Castle for an amazing afternoon! We will definitely be returning soon.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Julygirl7
    Cardiff, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun in beautiful surroundings.
    Really enjoyed our Gin Making Experience yesterday. Everything was well presented and organised. We had plenty of support to decide which flavours to add and at no point were we rushed. In addition we sampled the different gins they make and the tour ended with a drink at the bar before taking home a whole bottle of gin that we made to our recipe. Great fun. Happy to recommend it.
    Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for leaving a review. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Gin Making Experience at the Distillery. We hope you're enjoying your new creation! Thanks again, The HCD Team
    Written May 17, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Lewis A
    Barry, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hensol Castle
    While staying at the Vale Resort, I decided to visit Hensol Castle to book afternoon tea for my wife’s birthday. The castle is only a 5-minute drive away, and although I could have booked online or at the Vale’s reception, I wanted to see the venue in person as it looked stunning. Upon arriving at Hensol, I walked into the reception area, where I was greeted by a smartly dressed gentleman who introduced himself as Brian. Brian welcomed us warmly and put us at ease right away. He mentioned that they were setting up for a wedding, but kindly allowed us to look around the grounds. Brian took the time to show us the grounds and the wedding setup, talking passionately about the venue, its history, and future events. I decided that I would definitely be booking the Gin tour as well as afternoon tea. As we left, Brian bid us a fond farewell and said he looked foward to seeing us again soon. When I returned to the Vale Resort, I mentioned how lovely Brian was at Hensol Castle and was told that he was the General Manager of the resort. I have been to many hotels and, usually, when I’ve tried to speak to a manager, I have been redirected to other staff. Brian is a credit to the venue and definitely gives the place a friendly, professional, and welcoming feel. I can’t wait to return for afternoon tea and the Gin tour.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2024
  • High-R0ller
    Cardiff, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best Cocktail experience ever
    Cocktail masterclass review: Cocktails were Amazing, house prepared cocktail "Bramble" on arrival which was simply delicious. Followed by making a further 2 out of a selection of 6. Additional cocktails available if required as PAYG £9.95 each. Great night, great company, great instructors 10/10
    Good Morning, Thank you for leaving a lovely review of the Cocktail Masterclass. We're glad to hear that you had a great night and enjoyed the cocktails. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks again, HCD Team
    Written June 17, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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Keri R
Cardiff, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This venue is only a couple of miles from where I live and it is certainly a local treasure. My sis and I spent a relaxing, interesting couple of hours on the Gin Tour and would certainly recommend it to others.
It was Peter’s first tour and he did an amazing job giving us the history of Hensol Castle and of the story of gin and he also found time for a social chat in the bar.
Dai, the master distiller, was so enthusiastic in his presentation showing his knowledge and skill which took the tour from what could have been boring irrelevant information to another level. Thank you both.
Written October 26, 2021
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Hi Keri, Such a great review, thank you so much for that and thank you and your sister for visiting us. It means a lot to receive personal positive reviews like this, and both Peter and I are very proud that you had such a great experience. This of course is Peter's first review, and a great one at that! We hope to bump into you soon, Many thanks, Dai & Peter
Written October 27, 2021
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T20Driver
Southampton, UK32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
We had four in our party and the tour group was about fourteen or so, which worked well.

The tour consisted of a sampling of one of the gins, a briefing on some of the history of gin usage and the castle followed by a visit to the distillery and the area where you can do some of the gin making. This was then followed by a visit to the bar and another free sample. Further cocktails were available at additional cost and there was no pressure to leave or to purchase more.

Some potential improvements include :

* Reducing the time going through the history element by 5 minutes or so

* Increasing the variety of drinks available for sampling, and maybe including another one too

* Giving drivers in the parties the option of having a mocktail and taking away a gin miniature and mixer for consumption later.

* Offering a discount on bottles purchased for drinking later or for presents etc

All in all it was a very pleasant couple of hours - and certainly the £25 tour fee was not unreasonable.
Written April 2, 2022
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Giacchina L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
I had purchased the tickets in2019 as a Christmas box for my husband and COVID stopped us visiting until now so was very pleased to be able to go. The tour was very informative and talk was given by Dai and Daz. Tour was about 2hrs and was started and finished with a G&T A lovely Xmas box for any Gin lover
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit with us and for your kind comments about the distillery. We are very pleased that you had an enjoyable experience.
Written September 21, 2021
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Denise M
Cardiff, United Kingdom6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This was a present from my husband. I was happy to go on my own and be part of the friendly group, led by Andrew. Tip would be to arrange a lift if you are going to have the two full gin and tonics and several small samples provided. Very impressed with the individual stills we had and the fact we really did distill our own gin with our own choices of botanicals we weighed out and added ourselves. The best chemistry lesson ever! Loads of botanicals to choose from and very happy with the bottle I made. Andrew was very engaging and knowledgeable and a really pleasant half day.
Written January 1, 2022
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it is evident that your husband as fantastic taste since he picked such a lovely experience to enjoy. We are very thankful for mentioning the alembic stills in the gin school and we would be hopeful that our gin making experience is an improvement on any chemistry class since instead of learning about magnesium and carbon or the rest of the periodic table you learn about the production of alcohol and also leave the site with a lovely bottle of gin made with your own two hands, we will also be passing on the comments about Andrew who will be very happy that he was able to make sure that you had such an enjoyable time with us. thank you very much for this lovely review kind regards The team at hensol castle
Written January 26, 2022
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Lina O
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I went on the gin tour with my 2 children and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The tour began with a drink which was unexpected but very tasty! Then it continued with the history of gin and also a history of the building and previous owners which was interesting and not too long! Next, a more relaxed talk of what goes on at the distillery and some tasting. Lastly, it finished with another drink in a relaxed bar. The guide Clemmy was lively, very knowledgeable, funny at times and made us feel at ease. Would definitely recommend.
Written March 26, 2023
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Hi Lina. Thank you so much for your review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed each aspect of the Gin Tour and that you found it interesting. We hope that you'll visit us again soon for another gin experience. Thanks again, The HCD Team
Written April 3, 2023
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LoveHolidayzz
Cardiff, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had a fantastic day at Hensol Castle making gin! The tour was lovely, with lots of interesting fact about the history of gin and Hensol Castle itself. Our guide was Peter and he was fab, really patient and knowledgeable and willing to answer our questions and help us! The gin making was so much fun, cannot recommend it enough and I can’t believe what we produced in the time we were there! Thank you Pete for our gin, for the tasters and a brilliant day! Highly recommend!
Written August 26, 2023
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Good afternoon. Thank you for leaving such a complimentary review. I'm pleased to hear that you had a fantastic and interesting day visiting the distillery for the Gin Making Experience. I'm also happy to hear that Pete was a great host throughout the day. Thanks again, The HCD Team.
Written September 6, 2023
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Srdjan
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Gin Making for Two

Lovely grounds at the castle and inside reception. Fascinating history at the tour part of the event. The welcome cocktail and end cocktail was lovely, and both me and my fiancée really enjoyed making our gin and picking the botanical ingredients and herbs to use, and we had fun doing so. Our guide Peter was great, knew a lot about the subject and let us tour the grounds afterwards for us to see if the venue was a potential wedding location.

The only negative points were that for the price I would have expected a more clean floor area (although this is a minor point as it is a factory environment after all). The gin tour could have been a bit longer too, as we didn't get time to read all the displays.
Written September 24, 2022
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Steve C
Swansea, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
What Fantastic Afternoon! From the time we started the experience to the end the event was interesting and professionally delivered.
Hugo took us on a verbal tour of gin making and Hensol Castle..
Then we spent time learning about botanicals in preparation for making our own gin.
Hugo was knowledgeable and delivered the event in a way that was engaging and enjoyable.
Well Done Hugo and Hensol
Written October 2, 2023
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Ann H
Leeds, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I went with my husband and we really enjoyed it. The distiller was very knowledgeable about the history of the castle and the making of the gin. We were with a group of youngsters who were being disrespectful and disruptive but he handled the situation even though you could see he was embarrassed by their behaviour. He did apologise after the tour but it wasn't his fault
Written August 21, 2023
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Good Morning. Thank you for leaving a review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself on the Gin Making Experience. I hope you're enjoying your personalised bottle! Thanks again, The HCD Team.
Written September 6, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cheryl P
Bridgend, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Our host was very knowledgeable and the tour went very quickly.
We did the Gin tour and tasting for £25 each, very good value for money as we had a gin (and lemonade) on way in and a gin and tonic on the way out, plus some expert tasting tips!
If you're driving or not drinking you get a takeaway g&t
Very interesting history of the castle and tour of the distillery.
500 bottle in 6 hours... that'll do us haha
I would highly recommend this.
Written October 23, 2022
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