The Jameson Experience takes visitors on a tour of the Old Midleton Distillery in East Cork, where the well-known whiskey was produced until the 1970s. In the company of a guide, visitors explore the preserved distillery interior, and view old kilns, mills, and distilling equipment, as well as a restored 19th-century warehouse.
The Jameson Experience offers a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the distillery. Guests take a 75-minute guided tour that includes a short video and a walk through the historic buildings in the old distillery complex, including a 19th-century warehouse where whiskey is aged. Tours conclude with a complimentary drink of Jameson. Visitors can also purchase tutored tastings of premium Jameson whiskeys.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Jameson Experience is a must for whiskey-lovers.
- The distillery has free Wi-Fi, parking, and an on-site restaurant.
- Tours visit indoor and outdoor areas, so bring along rain gear.
- The distillery is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Jameson Experience is situated in east Cork, 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Cork city center. Shuttle buses run from St. Patrick’s Quay, Cork, three times daily from late April through September, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October. Cobh-Midleton train service runs between Cork Kent and Midleton station, which is a 20-minute walk from the distillery. Local bus lines 261, 240, and 241, and some hop-on-hop-off buses, run between Cork and Midleton.
When to Get There
Tours run year-round, with additional frequency between April and October. The distillery is busiest on weekend afternoons, when coach tours often stop here. Come here first thing after opening (10am) to get in ahead of the crowds.
Jameson in Dublin
In addition to the Jameson Experience in Midleton, it’s also possible to tour the Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Dublin. This distillery, which was re-created and restored to look much the same as it would have before it ceased operation in the 1970s, can be explored on guided tours, that focus on the art of whiskey making and the history of the Jameson brand.