Smithwick's Experience
Smithwick's Experience
4.5
11:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
11:00 - 19:00
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
About
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. Harvested from our land, seasoned by our history, Smithwick’s has been brewed in Ireland since 1710. Enjoying your favourite Smithwick’s Ale, while one of our local staff explains what makes it so unique, makes this one of the most enjoyable tours in Ireland.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Milfordpie
    Cork, Ireland10 contributions
    An interesting experience
    This is a very educational but fun way to learn about brewing in Kilkenny. About 45 minutes long, the tour flows with our guide very knowledgeable and entertaining. And you get a pint of your choice or a soft drink at the end. Well worth a visit
    Thanks so much for your positive review and taking the time to write it. We pride ourselves on a tour full of information and fun for all. Thanks again, Come visit with us again, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Paul F
    Davidson, North Carolina33 contributions
    Excellent, Short Tour Experience
    The Smithwick’s Experience is quaint and lovely. Nestled right off High St, it’s a nice 1.5 hours (including time in the pub). We enjoyed it immensely. I would recommend upgrading to include the beer tasting.
    Thanks for your lovely review Paul, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us here in Kilkenny. It is always good to know that the tasting went well and that you had a great time in our bar space too. If you are back again do come visit us, sure we will have our Barrel Yard Bar open too. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • K. Williams
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania10 contributions
    Absolutely love the historical background offered at the start of tour.
    I just completed and awesome tour, with very knowledgeable tour guide (Molly). I’m now sipping on my comolplimentary flight of beer. Bar tender at the end of tour, very friendly and was so helpful to suggest what else our group could do in Killkenney.
    Thanks so much for your terrific review Kevin. We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive time from start to finish. We are not just experts on Smithwick's but are more than happy to point you in the right direction after the tour towards whatever Kilkenny attractions work for you. Come again anytime, All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Sandra R
    1 contribution
    A Must Do Experience….
    Just finished a tour at the Smithwicks experience in Kilkenny and I must say it was one of the most impressive tours you can get. The tour guides and the individuals you meet while on your,at the bar and in the gift shop are all extremely knowledgeable about the area. I especially enjoyed our upgraded flight tastings after our tour. The bar is very quaint and a great place to relax.
    Thanks so much for all your kind words Sandra. We are so glad to hear that you had such a great time, from start to finish, during your visit with us. We love to share our knowledge of all things Smithwick's and Kilkenny so I hope you enjoyed our recommendations as much as your Experience! Come back for a visit anytime, All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 4 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Sarah D
    1 contribution
    Thanks Molly
    Fantastic interactive tour. Fantastic tour guide very knowledgeable. Delighted with involving children on tour. Great family day out in the marble city. Sorry Molly but it will always be the marble city ☺️
    Thank you Sarah! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a kind review. We always try to make sure that there is something for all ages and interests throughout the Experience. Molly was delighted with her mention here and says thank you in return. Come back and visit us anytime in The Marble City. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 11 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Jason
    Nashville, Tennessee3 contributions
    Family Tradition Meets Friendly Tour
    The tour was AMAZING. We had Darren (whom I must say is beyond passionate about the town and it shows in true lovely fashion) and our tour was a nice 40 minutes. You start like most breweries, history, then move to the science… but here, it’s history of the town and science of the family’s own chemistry that make this town and brewery so special. It’s a must do if you ever come to Kilkenny. Cheers 🍻
    Thanks so much Dammit L! We really appreciate the time you took to share your experience with us here in Kilkenny. So great to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much and Darren was delighted with his mention here! All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 14 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Caroline Donfield
    9 contributions
    Brilliant
    Fantastic! Tour guide, Simon, was exceptional, friendly, knowledgable - a fella I wouldn’t mind having a pint with. Really interesting way of learning all about the family- straight out of Harry Potter. Am a smithwicks drinker for life now
    Thanks a lot Caroline! Simon was delighted to hear that you enjoyed his company on the tour so much and that Smithwick's has a new addition to the fan club! Come back and visit anytime, All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 18 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Brian R
    1 contribution
    Fantastic
    Hopefully you get Christy cause he is the man. One of the better brewery tour experiences in Ireland, I recommend going to this if you're in Kilkenny and have the hour or two. Best to stay in the last room for a few extra drinks
    Thanks Brian! We are really glad to hear that you had such a good time during your visit and Christy is delighted with his mention here too! Thanks again, All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 18 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Katie W
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Very Enjoyable Experience
    I visited the Smithwicks Experience today with my mum and dad who are visiting from Canada. This was such a great tour led by Molly. She was witty, knowledgeable and personable. The man at the front desk when we came in was so friendly and welcoming. We loved the way some of the tour was “led” by Smithwicks founders and descendants. Each part of the tour was interesting and engaging. Thank you!
    Thanks so much for your kind words, Katriona. We are all so delighted that you found your experience with us so enjoyable. We love to share the story of Smithwick's and we are always happy when that comes across throughout visits. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 18 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • George T
    Knoxville, Tennessee133 contributions
    Excellent Tour and Friendly Guide
    I took the 4:30 Tour with Regina Yesterday, had a small group of just 1, so the Tour was very interactive. Regina was a wonderful guide highlighting the History and Family that Makes Smithwicks what it is today, along with giving a hands on demonstrations of the sifting process of what ingredients go into Making the Beer. Regina was a great Guide answering any and all questions that I had in regards to the Brewery itself highlighting some things that I myself was not aware. Regina thank you for a wonderful tour. For those looking to learn a bit about the Smithwicks Family and Smithwicks Brewery look no further to the Smithwicks Experience while you are in Kilkenny.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind and detailed review. Regina was delighted to know that you enjoyed her company and knowledge so much and we were all happy to hear that you thought o highly of the whole experience. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
    Written 18 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2023
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melvisga
Kennesaw, GA3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Loved the video room and the tasting of all the components. Chris was a great guide. The whole experience was excellent. Enjoyed hearing about the history and the family
Written 26 February 2024
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Sian R
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Feb 2024 • Friends
Really enjoyed the tour, Darren the tour guide was very knowledgeable and had great humour. The pint of Red Ale at the end was delicious
Written 25 February 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. Darren is delighted to hear you enjoyed his tour! We hope to see you again soon. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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Scott A
Austin, TX93 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very informative, very well executed brewery tour. The quality of our guide (Darren) was great, Simon gave us a great steer to the best burger in Kilkenny, and the beer at the finish was excellent!
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you Scott for your lovely review. Darren is delighted to hear you enjoyed his tour. Simon is also thrilled to hear he was able to help! Pop in to us any time. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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NI M
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Great tour and the history of smithwicks. Well worth the time. Great tour guide answered Amy questions and fun with a lot of history behind it
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and the history behind the great story of The Smithwick Family. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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Michelle
Jensen Beach, FL54 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Excellent tour takes about 40 to 50 minutes , but very hands on. Loved our tour guide Darren his knowledge of the history of Smithwick’s and the Monks was interesting. Much better then the Guinness Tour which is not the same as it was before CoVid.
Highly recommend talking the train to Kilkenny for this tour, well worth it.
Beer was great too.
Written 22 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your lovely words. Darren is delighted you enjoyed his tour! We hope to see you again soon. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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Linda N
Hull, MA4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Although I picked a day with no tours, staff extremely friendly and helpful. They offer flights to try the beers and have a full bar too.
Written 21 February 2024
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Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to the bar! Pop in to us any time. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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Kerry C
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were short on time so we couldnt do the tour, however we were able to purchase a very tasty flight to experience the taste of Smithwicks. Simon was very helpful and did a great job of explaining all the types of beers.
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review. If you find yourself in Kilkenny again, pop in for a tour, we would love to have you. Simon is delighted you enjoyed his company! All the best, The Smithwick's Team.
Written 26 February 2024
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GoPlaces610808
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
Brilliant time. Really personable and interesting experience led by Simon. Would highly recommended for a girls trip activity in the city!
Written 16 February 2024
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Thank you for your kind review. Simon is delighted to hear you enjoyed his tour. Pop in to us any time! All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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Kevin A
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great tour, really interesting and interactive. Eoin was a fantastic tour guide, who was knowledgeable and funny. Well worth a trip.
Written 14 February 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review. Eoin is delighted to hear you enjoyed his tour. Pop in to us any time! All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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Jemma C
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting experience & very knowledgeable guide...definitely recommend a visit. An hour we'll spent & added bonus of a pint at the end...recommend the tasting paddle.
Written 14 February 2024
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Thank you for your kind review. We love to hear that people enjoy their whole experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, The Smithwick's Team
Written 26 February 2024
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