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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 2 days ago via mobile

We went with two young kids and I was afraid they would get bored but lots of hands on experiences. Our tour guide was fantastic, made sure we had good spots at each stage of the tour with kids. Highlights were the talking pictures, bathtub...More

Thank annapmclarke
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is so tacky. There are screens everywhere and they use hollograms. They actually had huge potential with the architecture to make a really nice beer museum. Instead they spent what must have been thousands on really tacky props. Owners should visit beer museums in...More

Thank Deirdre F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well this takes you back in time on a very pleasant journey. Very interesting to see the history and the development of the brewery. The talking pictures really made the presentation. our guide was superb, Generations of his family had all worked there. He really...More

Thank Neil S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What fun! And I'm not even a drinker! It was very educational but Simon, our guide mixed it up with just enough Irish humor to keep it light and entertaining. On the more modern side with up to date videos to guide you through along...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 4 days ago

I discovered the Smithwick's Red on our recent trip to Dublin.....and I am an instant fan!!! Loved It!!! Wish I could get it in Canada!! I have to admit, we did not take the tour, in Kilkenny, but I discovered the ale at O'neil's in...More

Thank Flint C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Having visited Guinness last year, we thought we would visit Smithwick's while in Southern Ireland this year. The admission price was about what I would expect for a guided tour that includes a pint at the end. The tour guide was great! She did a...More

Thank hjpowers
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved this tour. Such great history. Our tour guide Simon was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job.

Thank Araceli G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our guide Killian was awesome. He is so passionate about smithwicks as well as Ireland in general. He was an excellent guide and made for a. fun filled tour! Definitely recommend this tour!

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really fabulous guided tour. Our guide was so lovely. Very animated yet pleasant. Informative tour. Little audience participation as well

Thank canadamaus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I heard this wasn't a tour of a working brewery I was a little turned off but it was a fantastic experience and ends with a pint of awesome beer. They educate you just enough about the brewing process with letting you smell a...More

Thank John J
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Should we buy our tickets online or wait until we get there? Is there a concern about not getting in? Thanks :)
19 June 2017|
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Response from DeFiddes | Reviewed this property |
We got tickets when we got there and wasn't a problem but if you are going to the Guinness brewery definitely get skip the line tickets.
paige h
are children allowed to follow this tour?
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
John C
I don't see a place on the website when buying tickets to pick a time. Do you just show up whenever they are open with your online tickets to take the tour?
9 May 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi John C, That's correct, once you purchase online tickets they are valid for one year, simply bring along the booking reference number on the day you wish to visit and we will get you tickets for the next available tour... More