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Old Kilbeggan Distillery

Lower Main Street, Kilbeggan, Ireland
+353 57 933 2134
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In the heart of Ireland, just over 1 hour from Dublin lies the town of Kilbeggan, home to the world's oldest distillery, established in 1757. It is the quintessential Irish whiskey distillery - whitewashed walls, weathered slate roof, brick chimney stack, creaking timber water wheel, even regular ghost sightings. This is no mere "visitor centre" but a real working distillery run by a team of young enthusiastic craftspeople (and a few wise old heads too), skilled in the traditional ways of making Irish whiskey. Open 7 days (except during Christmas and New Year). Whiskey Bar. Gift Shop. Free parking.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“irish whiskey” (27 reviews)
“great tour” (17 reviews)
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Lower Main Street, Kilbeggan, Ireland
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"irish whiskey"
in 27 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 59 reviews
"great tour"
in 17 reviews
"gift shop"
in 14 reviews
"whiskey making"
in 5 reviews
"take away"
in 6 reviews
"back in the day"
in 5 reviews
"great insight"
in 4 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 20 reviews
"water wheel"
in 23 reviews
"a nice touch"
in 5 reviews
"tasting room"
in 13 reviews
"souvenir glass"
in 12 reviews
"gold tour"
in 8 reviews
"steam engine"
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"distilling process"
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"whiskey tasting at the end"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this distillery tour. Our guide was friendly and informative. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend to others.

Thank coconnor18
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Visited and did an tasting here with family. V reasonable tasting flights and good variety, staff welcoming and informative and happy to answer questions. At atmosphere in tasting room was a bit flat and cold but I imagine in summer it'd be a lot better,...More

Thank CaptainBlackmore
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

The canal side view is one of the loveliest sights I’ve seen in any rural area of the world. 19th century technology, still producing world class product. Congratulations!

Thank SR-1007
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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thanks for taking the time to leave your review. Situated on the banks of the river Brosna, it is a lovely location to produce whiskey! Kindest Regards.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We booked the guided tour through the distillery (I think you can only go through the old distillery part with a tour guide). We booked on the tour at noon but arrived just before 11am. They were really accommodating and let us join the tour...More

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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you for your kind words - lovely to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back at the distillery some day soon. Kindest Regards.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

I’ve never been in a distillery before and I was amazed to see the way they did whiskey back in the 1750’s . Even my husband that doesn’t drink loved the tour. Nicest Irish coffee I ever tried.

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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. Lovely to hear you enjoyed your time with us - and indeed our irish coffee! We hope to welcome you back sometime soon. Kind Regards.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Off the beaten path along the River Brosna, Kilbeggan distillery has character and a great story to tell! I love wandering through the old distillery equipment and hearing the sound of the waterwheel from inside the building. If you're interested in taking a step back...More

1  Thank Tullamoretraveller
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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. All comments and feedback are very much appreciated. We hope to welcome you at the distillery some time again soon. Kindest Regards.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Had an opportunity to take the Kilbeggan Distillery tour and would highly recommend it. Tour shows you a historical perspective on the old process using a water wheel for power along with the process actually being used today. The tasting room is an excellent way...More

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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, all comments are appreciated. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Very disappointed with our visit to KIlbeggan Distillery today. Unfortunately when we got there the tour was booked up but to add to our disappointment when we requested personalized labels for the whiskey we were buying we were told they were not printing today, The...More

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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Sean, Thank you for taking the time to review, we are sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your recent visit. We are experiencing large volumes of visitors to the distillery at this time and as highlighted on our website, we do ask...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Our first stop from Dublin to Galway. Interesting distillery with a long history and still in some operation. We took the first tour of the day and had a small group. Our tour guide was able to answer all upcoming questions and also the tasting...More

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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Lovely to hear you enjoyed visit and of course our whisky tasting, we'll be sure to share the comments with our tour team. Kind Regards

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

We chose to visit the Kilbeggan Distillery for its the oldest continually operating in Ireland (i believe i read). I wanted to avoid the big crowds at the more noted popular US known brands. Its great for this purpose. Still some tourists but not the...More

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AliceGuest, Visitor Centre Manager at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review following your visit to the distillery. We will pass on your kind words to the team and hope to see you again at the distillery some day soon. Kind Regards.

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