We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 14.24*
and up
Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brewery tour” (118 reviews)
“great tour” (119 reviews)
Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
Write a Review
Reviews (1,272)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,105 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The story of Ireland oldest beer told in an easy to follow and entertaining fashion. Cillian was an excellent guide filling in detail on the interactive/video presentations and batting the questions . Very friendly staff both in the tasting bar and the gift shop -...More

Thank Footstepper
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great use of technology in this small group tour. Book tickets online to save a few bucks, and enjoy the guided tour - much more intimate than the Guinness tour, which is good, but more of a museum - this is legitimately a tour. Very...More

Thank DoubleB33
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at 2:05. Was told next tour with availability would be at 2:20. Was let into the bar to spend money and drink a flight in 10 minutes. Then, at 2.15 and a bit buzzed, was told the next tour I could get on would...More

Thank spaschmidt
Valerie O, Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear spaschmidt, We run tours regularly throughout the day, however at peak times, tours can book up quickly. I believe that you were advised to purchase your ticket when you arrived at 2.05 as the tour might be sold out in 15 minutes, however on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took this tour while in Kilkenny. It was interesting and the technology used made it come to life. Our guide was fun and definitely interested in sharing the Smithwick's story with us. The tasting room at the end of the tour...More

Thank chacha7602
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit! It is a great tour and a lovely pint at the end! The tour guide was very nice and explained everything so well

Thank Rodney A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I definitely recommend this tour. We had a great tour guide and we learned a lot about the brewing process and the history of Smithwicks. And it's a nice bonus at the end of the tour to sip a pint and chat with some of...More

Thank Paul T
Valerie O, Manager at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Paul T, Thank you for taking time out to recommend our tour! I hope you enjoyed your visit to Kilkenny and got to explore all that Kilkenny and the Medieval Mile have to offer. Kind regards, Valerie

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed the whole tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. The tour was about 40 minutes long and used a variety of tools to describe the history of the company and the brewing process. It's located in the centre of Kilkenny and there...More

Thank Mora2105
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can learn the Smithwick's history by interactive means; see and smell the brewery process. In the end, you can have a pint or glasses of the three types of beer produced there.

Thank Clarice B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent tour guide. Would highly recommend to all. The staff couldn't do enough for you. Giving it 5 stars.

Thank Kirstie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

So, first off - we're definitely glad we did this tour. It's a great experience if you're in Kilkenny. Very informative with interesting insight into both the process and the history. Getting to taste the sweet wort along the way was an interesting step I've...More

Thank Dylan H
Nearby Restaurants
La Rivista
388 reviews
.05 km away
Royal Spice Indian Restaurant
442 reviews
.13 km away
Kyteler's Inn
1,884 reviews
.15 km away
The Marble City Bar
485 reviews
.16 km away
Nearby Attractions
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
1,062 reviews
.32 km away
Black Abbey
402 reviews
.23 km away
Rothe House and Garden
347 reviews
.03 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
dorothy r
27 June 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
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|
Answer Show all 6 answers
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|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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