St. Francis Abbey Brewery

St. Francis Abbey Brewery

A visit to St Francis Abbey Brewery is also known as The Smithwick’s Experience. The tour takes visitors through 300 years of Smithwick’s family history, but the journey begins in 1231, when the monks of St Francis Abbey discovered a way to purify water and turn it into ale. This interactive tour brings the history of Smithwick’s to life, by following the journey of Ireland’s oldest beer through the centuries. This is a truly interactive and multi-sensory tour, highlights include the living portraits of notable Smithwick’s family members talking amongst each other, listen closely and you will hear the truly amazing story of how Smithwick’s went from being a small local brewery to a beer that is famous all over the world. Audio guides are available in multiple languages for self- guided tours. Family and discounted tickets are available. The Smithwick’s Experience is open 7 days a week, for more information see

The Smithwick's Experience

Located right in the heart of Kilkenny – 300 years of brewing experience is shared at this immersive experience for the senses. Discover the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick’s family and its place in Kilkenny, a city steeped in history and brewing.

Summer opening hours:
10am – 6pm Monday – Sunday
Tours leave on the hour every hour. Last admission 5pm each day.

Avail of 10% discount as a Lyrath Estate. This provides a 10% discount off adult tickets and also 10% off any purchases in our retail store.