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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Discover Smithwick’s rich history and how it is made with a guided tour of Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, which was named one of 2015’s best new attractions by Lonely Planet.

What You Can Expect

Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket

Learn about Smithwick's Ale and how it is made

Customer Reviews

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.

Luka B

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

This tour is set up like a smaller version of what you get in Dublin in Guinness Storehouse. So if you have seen the Dublin version, this comes as being just ok.

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