Smithwick’s Experience

Address: 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Located in the old Victorian building on Parliament Street in Kilkenny City, this mulit-sensory and interactive experience will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in th 1700’s, and right up to the present day.

Visitors will be fully immersed in the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick’s family and its place in Kilkeny, a city steeped in history and brewing tradition.

Visitors will enjoy a tour that includes a life-size holographic monk which showcases the origins of brewing on the site together with living portraits of the key Smithwick’s family members. During the tour, the Smithwick’s brewing process will be brought to life, with visitors having the opportunity to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale.

Opening times

March – October: Daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last admission 17.00)

November – February: Daily 11.00 – 17.00 (last admission 16.00)

Closed: Good Friday, 24th – 26th December


60 minutes approximately. The tour is fully guided by a local and includes a tasting of Smithwick’s ale in the tasting bar (over 18s only, under 18s receive a soft drink).