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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Located in the heart of Kilkenny city, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory experience that immerses you in the history of Ireland's oldest ale. Get a flavour for how our famous ale has been crafted over generations and finish with a cool refreshing pint in the comfort of our Smithwick's Experience Bar. Audio guides also available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Come to Kilkenny and discover the craft.
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Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the tour to learn about history of making famous Smithwick's it's a must do when in Kilkenny.We loved it!

Thank Ewelina K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fun tour, nothing like the normal "how you make beer" brewery tour. It's a good story of how Smithwicks came into being, how to pronounce it (leave out the W or they'll know you're a tourist! Well done & a great tour...More

2  Thank Roses1968
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been on a number of tours similar to the Kilkenny Experience and this sadly to say was the worse so far. The admission price in my opinion is excessive and the exhibits are static and not really interactive. I’d prefer to self guide or...More

Thank Mordenboy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I compare this tour to Alexander Keith's in Halifax, Nova Scotia as it interactively brings you through the history of the beer. Lots to learn about and is much more intimate than Guinness. A great stop in the small city. Beer is enjoyable at the...More

Thank Vacationer155021
Mingha F, Supervisor at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Vacationer155021, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to us at The Smithwick's Experience. Great comparison! I am delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the Smithwick's at the end, Kind Regards, Mingha

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour is really special, it is great fun and very informative at the same time. The design of the site is extraordinary. Very nice and comforting staff. I absolutely recommend this! :-)More

Thank claudue
Mingha F, Supervisor at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi claudue, Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a great review on your visit to us here at the Smithwick's Experience. The team here are very welcoming and love to share the unique stories of Smithwick's and the site with our visitors....More

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

A very well put together tour with talking portraits, a fantastic story and a free pint at the end! (Or upgrade to a tasting board for €3)

Thank Georgia H
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Very professionally run. Must say it went above and beyond my expectations. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 11 December 2017

It is ironic that when Smithwicks were brewing in Kilkenny, it wasn't easy to do a brewery tour and now that all the brewing is done by Guinness in Dublin, you can do a 'history of the brewery' tour. It is all flash and well...More

Thank 19Francis72
Reviewed 11 December 2017

We signed up/paid for a tour in advance online, you can choose the hour when you arrive and you use your confirmation code when you arrive. Our tour guide was kind and encouraged us to take pictures. She guided us through holographic monks, cheesy yet...More

Thank YuleBasalisk
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We had an hour to pass after arriving in Kilkenny so we decided to do the Smithwick's tour. There were 5 of us in our group and we were joined by 4 others and we all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Our tour Guide (Chloe)...More

Thank tomsmutt
Mingha F, Supervisor at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Hi tomsmutt, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Chloe! Kind Regards, Mingha

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dorothy r
26 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Dorothy R, The Smithwick's Experience is fully wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to call me directly if you have any specific queries regarding entrance, tour times etc. Kind regards, Valerie (056 7786377)
19 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Kaite99, The benefit to buying tickets online is that you receive a 10%discount off adult admission. Tours run regularly throughout the day so when you visit, bring along your booking reference number and we will get you... More
paige h
16 May 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your question. Yes our tour is family friendly, our family rate is €33.00 for two adults and up to four children under 18. Individual rates can be found on our website Regards, Valerie