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Smithwick's Experience Red Ale Brewing

Smithwicks Experience in Kilkenny


Interactive Tour at Smithwicks in Kilkenny


Located in the old Victorian building on Parliament Street in Kilkenny City, this multi-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 the 18th century, 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.


What your group can expect on the tour:


  • a life-size holographic monk which showcases the origins of brewing on the site
  • living portraits of the key Smithwick’s family members
  • the Smithwick’s brewing process brought to life,
  • to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale


Even if you've never had a Smithwick's in your life - you may actually already be familiar with it! Outside of Ireland, a very similar red ale from the same brewery is sold under the name Kilkenny.

Useful Information
Opening Hours

March – October

Daily 10.00 – 18.00 hrs (last admission 17.00 hrs)


November – February

Daily 11.00 – 17.00 hrs (last admission 16.00 hrs)


Closed: Good Friday, 24th – 26th December


Notes for Group Leaders

Max group size is 25 – numbers over this will be split.


Supervisory Rule :

The supervisory rule for trade, language and student groups is 1 adult (over 18’s) to every 15 junior students, i.e. children 17 years old and under. This is a strict rule and will be enforced.


Tour Duration

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).

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