For nearly 200 years, this distillery produced one of Ireland’s leading whiskeys, before Jameson—together with other producers—moved operations to a purpose-built facility in Middleton, County Cork, in the 1970s. Now, the Jameson Distillery Bow St. has been revamped as a visitor center showcasing the history and heritage of the brand.
Entry to the Jameson Distillery Bow St. is by guided tour only. Many visitors opt for the 40-minute distillery tour, which includes an explanation of the ins and outs of whiskey making, a tour of the recreated distillery facilities, a whiskey tasting session, and a free drink at the onsite JJ’s Bar. Whiskey enthusiasts may want try a whiskey-blending masterclass, a whiskey cocktail-making workshop, or a premium whiskey-tasting session, during which they can compare and contrast four different Jameson whiskeys.
Cask draw experiences, during which visitors get to taste unblended pot still whiskey straight from a cask in the maturation warehouse, are also available. Fans of Irish alcoholic drinks can pair a tour of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. with a tour of the nearby Guinness Storehouse, where Ireland’s popular malty stout is produced. Jameson Distillery Bow St. entry is included in the Dublin Pass.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A tour of this historic facility is a must-do for Irish whiskey enthusiasts.
- The Jameson Distillery Bow St. is wheelchair accessible.
- Children are welcome on distillery tours, providing they are accompanied by an adult.
How to Get There
The distillery is located on Bow Street in Dublin’s city center. Take the Luas tram (Red Line) to Smithfield station, which is just a 2-minute walk from the distillery. Hop-on hop-off buses also stop near the Jameson Distillery Bow St.
When to Get There
Tours take place at least every 30 minutes and even more regularly during busy periods. On weekends, tours frequently sell out by mid-afternoon, so book in advance or arrive earlier in the day to ensure a spot.
Dublin for Whiskey Lovers
The Jameson Distillery Bow St. is just one of several whiskey-related attractions in Dublin. Fans of the triple-distilled tipple can also visit the Irish Whiskey Museum, which chronicles the rise, fall, and resurgence of the Irish whiskey industry. Consider touring working distilleries such as Teeling and Pearse Lyons, as well as sampling even more Irish whiskeys in bars such as the Victorian-era Bowes and the Palace Bar on Fleet Street.