Smithwick's Experience, Kilkenny

4.5
Visit Ireland's oldest operating brewery on Smithwick's Experience. John Smithwick founded the company in 1710. He originally brewed the beer in St. Francis Abbey Brewery. As you tour the facilities, learn about Ireland's history of brewing and see where Smithwick's beer is made. On the same site, visit St. Francis Abbey, the 13th-century structure where monks brewed ale as far back as the 1300s. When you finish touring, you'll have a chance to taste Smithwick's red ale-style beer, originally brewed for the first Kilkenny Beer Festival. Put Smithwick's Experience and other Kilkenny attractions into our Kilkenny trip app, and watch your holiday take shape.
Create an itinerary including Smithwick's Experience
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Smithwick's Experience Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,790 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • The staff at Smithwick's were friendly and informative. The tour was quick and provided interesting history about the beer and the area. The pub area at the end of the tour was a cozy place to sit...  more »
  • Enjoyable tour. I’ve done it now and would not do it agin. Robert our guide was helpful and friendly. It only takes 45 minutes and you get a pint at the end or for an extra €3 you can try a half pint....  more »
Google
  • An expensive tour but worth it if you have the money and time to spare. The tour guide, Robert I believe his name was, was enthusiastic and great. It’s a good tour and an experience - but I doubt I would do it again :).
  • My husband had a great time taking the tour of Smithwick's. The gentleman giving the tour was really nice and great with all of our questions. He showed the group a picture of his grandfather who worked at the brewery. The town seems proud of its heritage and was great seeing a bit of history there. (The tasting after was fantastic too!)

Plan your trip to Kilkenny

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Kilkenny

4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Kilkenny

4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kilkenny

4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Kilkenny

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Kilkenny

See all ›
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Kilkenny

4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours