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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Located in the heart of Kilkenny city, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory experience that immerses you in the history of Ireland's oldest ale. Get a flavour for how our famous ale has been crafted over generations and finish with a cool refreshing pint in the comfort of our Smithwick's Experience Bar. Audio guides also available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Come to Kilkenny and discover the craft.
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  • Average4%
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Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Reviewed yesterday

Nice tour of the facility with the highlight being the interactive pictures. The tour guides have good local knowledge some having relatives who worked in the brewery

Thank Geraldine H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yesterday, the 19th of August, Milford Historical Society visited Smithwicks, Kilkenny. From the super warm welcome Chloe gave us on arrival to our return to the bus, we really had a wonderful experience. We met Simon at the desk who was ever so efficient and...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Book online and upgrade to the paddle - Much cheaper than paying on the spot. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the brewing process. After visiting several breweries and distilleries in Ireland, they are all very similar. Movie, overview of owners, overview of brewing process,...More

Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting and tasty 😉! The guides are well trained, the experience tour is filled up with a lot of interesting things about the distellery history and the tasting (depending on what you like and what kind of tour you buy) is very good! A...More

Thank pdiezi
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great tour guide and with the help of technology got the history of Smithwick's and their brewing. It is disappointing that the beer isn't brewed there. The free beer at the end is lovely and has a great gift shop. Smithwick's red...More

Thank Jill H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Almost an hour tour with Cillian, excellent tour, very interesting and well explained. You get to understand the process of the beer. Very friendly staff

Thank Noelia O
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, I don't drink beer so I did not have high hopes for this. It was brilliant. Possibly the best guided tour I've been on. The guide was very pleasant, chatted to everyone, was very informative. The holograms, speaking portraits, etc were amazing...More

Thank JennyB1984
Mingha F, Supervisor at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi JennyB1984, Thank you very much for writing such a fantastic review about your visit! Great to hear your positive feedback and that you really enjoyed it! :) Kind Regards, Mingha

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Southwick Experience we had was fun and cool. Things to do, talking pictures, hollow gram and of course beers. Chloe our tour leader was AWESOME for sure!!

Thank GMan1one
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide Cilian was exceptional. He was very friendly, personable, enthusiastic and incredibly informative. Having previously been to the Guinness factory tour, this tour was much more intimate and fun.

Thank Miracle_Minded
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we only had a short window to visit Kilkenny and we missed the tour when we visited Smithwicks, but the cashier at the gift store after hearing about our disappointment checked with Rob, a Tasting Guide, who invited us in and gave us a...More

Thank David B
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dorothy r
26 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Dorothy R, The Smithwick's Experience is fully wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to call me directly if you have any specific queries regarding entrance, tour times etc. Kind regards, Valerie (056 7786377)
18 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Kaite99, The benefit to buying tickets online is that you receive a 10%discount off adult admission. Tours run regularly throughout the day so when you visit, bring along your booking reference number and we will get you... More
paige h
15 May 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your question. Yes our tour is family friendly, our family rate is €33.00 for two adults and up to four children under 18. Individual rates can be found on our website Regards, Valerie