Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest and most popular ale. Discover how 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations to create the Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Brewing Tour – a journey like no other.

Smithwick’s has been brewed here in Ireland since 1710. Each tour is led by our local and passionate guides. Along the way you will discover how the craft of brewing began on this site in the 13th century and how John Smithwick first began brewing the ale we know and love today. Savour the sensations of the brewing process and try your hand at turning the mill and stirring the mash.

Your tour is topped off with a perfectly poured pint of Smithwick’s and an explanation of what makes each ale unique. Try a pint of the Red, Pale or Blonde ales or sample all three on a tasting paddle. Sit back and relax in our recently refurbished bar at the home of Smithwick’s.

Open daily

March – October, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)

November – February, 11am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)


* Guided tours (approx. 1 hour)

* Audio guides in French, German, Spanish and Italian

* Complimentary pint of Smithwick’s (over 18s only) or soft drink

* Gift shop with exclusive range of Smithwick’s merchandise and glass engraving