We’re open seven days a week: March - October: 10.30am - 7.00pm (Tours from 11am to 5.00 pm) November - February: 11.00am - 6.00pm (Tours from 12pm to 4.00pm – No tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
We operate tours every day except:Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th), Christmas Day (Dec. 25th), St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day (Dec. 26th)From November to February, we only open Bar and Retail (No tours) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Address:Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Our Smithwick’s Experience guided tours run at regular intervals throughout the day, seven days a week, each tour taking approximately 1 hour.
Sharing the experience makes it even more fun, and we welcome groups of all sizes to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. We’re happy to offer discounted rates depending on group numbers.
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Follow the parade towards Rose Inn Street. Take a left onto High Street and keep straight until it merges with Parliament Street. You’ll find us on your right, just past the Court House.
Cross John’s Bridge and take the second right on to St. Kieran Street. Keep on until it merges with Parliament Street. We’re approximately 50 - 100 metres ahead on your right hand side, just beyond the Court House.
Public parking is available close to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny.
Take the M7 and then the M9 to Kilkenny city. When approaching the city centre, take the first exit at the roundabout onto the Ring Road. At the next roundabout (Dublin Road Roundabout) take the second exit. At the next roundabout (Bennetsbridge Road Roundabout) take the third exit and continue for approximately 1km, past Kilkenny Castle on your right hand side. Go straight at the traffic lights and follow High Street until it merges with Parliament Street. You’ll find us on your right, past the Court House
When approaching Kilkenny city, take the first exit at the Callan Road Roundabout. Continue straight, go through the mini roundabout and keep straight for 1km until you reach a set of traffic lights. Go through the lights and take a left turn at the next T-junction onto Patrick Street. Turn left onto High Street and keep on until it merges into Parliament Street. You’ll find us on your right, beyond the Court House.
When approaching Kilkenny city take the second exit off the Waterford Road Roundabout. Continue straight until you reach the next mini roundabout and take the first exit. Drive straight onto Patrick Street. Take a left onto High Street and continue until it merges with Parliament Street. We’re on the right, past the Court House.
Dublin Airport is just 10km (6 miles) north of Dublin City centre. Both airport terminals (T1 & T2) are serviced by frequent bus services to the city centre and beyond. Depending on the day, bus services to Kilkenny are offered by Bus Éireann, Dublin Coach and J.J. Kavanagh Coaches.
Dublin to Kilkenny is serviced by Bus Éireann, Dublin Coach and J.J. Kavanagh Coaches. There are typically multiple trips each day. You can buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat or buy them on the bus.
Tour companies Wild Rover Tours, Collins Day Tours and Paddywagon Tours also feature Kilkenny as part of their day tour package from Dublin.
Irish Rail operates between Dublin and Kilkenny 7 times a day between 7:25 and 20:08 Monday through Saturday. Sunday’s timetable includes 5 trips between the hours of 9:10 and 20:08. Please note timetables may change. You can purchase a ticket or check your train’s time at Irish Rail’s website.
Here at Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, our Smithwick’s Retail store offers an exclusive range of merchandise, including customised, engraved glasses.
We’re open seven days a week. Hours vary slightly by season.
We also offer private evening tours for groups by special arrangement, with advance booking necessary. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend that you book in advance, particularly during our busy summer months. Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to book your ticket online, with our booking page just a click away. We’ll also give you a discount off your adult tickets when you book online.
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is proud to be an official AsIAm Autism Friendly Accredited visitor experience with the help of Ireland’s National Autism Charity, AsIAm. Our staff have been trained how to best cater to customers with autism or other neurodivergencies, and we offer sensory kits including ear plugs at our reception area, along with Sensory Maps and a visual guide to the building.We also offer the Smithwick’s Experience regular tour as Sensory Friendly once a month. On the first Thursday of every month, our 12pm experience will be adapted with reduced noise and lighting, and sensory triggers marked. You can book this on our regular ticket selection page, by choosing the 12pm tour on the first Thursday of any month.Ahead of your visit, you can download our Sensory Map here, and our visual guide here.
The price of the Smithwick’s Experience includes a fully guided tour of Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, with a pint or soft drink at the end. A local guide gives your tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour, and you’ll enjoy interactive and surprising experiences along the way.