• Location: Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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Explore the history of Smithwick’s — Ireland’s oldest brewery — with a visit to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. With your entrance ticket in hand, head inside the Smithwick’s Experience and join a 1-hour guided tour. Follow the history of Ireland’s oldest beer name from its medieval origins right up to the present day. Watch holograms of Franciscan monks brewing their tasty beers and gain insight into the Smithwick family name. Learn about the brewing process — from hops through fermentation to the pump — and finish your tour with a refreshing pint of Smithwick’s beer.


  • Admission to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
  • Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the Smithwick’s Experience in Kilkenny
  • Gain insight into Ireland’s medieval brewing heritage
  • Learn of the delicate balances of hops, malt and barley that go into Smithwick’s delicious beers
  • End your visit with a pint of beer from the brewery or upgrade to a tour including 3 ale tastings served on a traditional wooden tasting paddle

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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket

Learn about Smithwick's Ale and how it's made

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

First you will learn how to pronounce Smithwicks correctly. Informative and high tech tour as you learn the history of this beer and the secret to what makes it so good. At the end of the tour, enjoy your beer tasting with fellow tour mates. The town of Kilkenny is small and quaint. Smithwicks is easy to find.

Jordan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very fun experience. It's a short and intimate tour, and you get to learn quite a bit about the beer making process. They also allow you to interact with some ingredients, such as smelling different hops. The building is also right in the middle of the medieval mile of Kilkenny city, so it is conveniently nearby many other great pieces of history, like the Black Abbey. The tour doesn't take too long, and it is not too demanding physically. I recommend getting the package that gets you 3 beers at the end. It is not much more money, and you can relax and enjoy the nice bar at the end of the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Not to be missed. This tour is a lot more intimate and entertaining than the Guiness tour, which is very crowded and chaotic. Smithwicks is a smaller brewery with an even longer history. Our tour guide was lovely, very welcoming, and informative - and the environment is much more charming.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Learned lots and is by far the best brewery tour we have been on


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great way to begin our trip to Ireland. Small group which turned out to be fun and friendly.

Mary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour is worth the time and . What I found especially fun and unique was that they told the history of Kilkenny and the influences from outside foreign invasions on the brewery and town. Without spoiling anything, the tour was not just someone talking - there were lots of fun stations. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. Pay a little extra for the paddle tasting.......it's worth it!

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Enjoyable experience ,very central location

Lacey O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour highlights the history of the product and the family behind it. Pronounced Smith-icks as the w is actually silent. They utilize moving pictures framed TVs in one room to tell part of the history which was very well done and informative. Who wouldn't want to end their tour with a delicious pint or half pint of their product?!?

Seamus H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really enjoyable great commentary and a really interesting hour. Would recommend it. The audio visual was amazing a must see.

Kim L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great experience to learn the history and how the beer is created in a unique way. My only negative comment is that the group size was too large for the tour, as you didn't feel like you got enough time to see and explore the things on the tour, with so many people in the room. Take the tour from 30 guests to 10 guests at a time.

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