The Midlands Sights

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

  • Lower Main St. Map It
  • Kilbeggan

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

It's the whiskey (the Irish spell their traditional tipple with an "e") that brings most people to the unassuming little town of Kilbeggan, home of the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, the oldest pot-still distillery in the world and the last of its type in Ireland. Established in 1757, it closed as a functioning distillery in 1954, but has since found new life as a museum of industrial archaeology, illustrating the process of Irish pot-whiskey distillation and the social history of the workers. In 2012 the glorious timber waterwheel was restored and repainted, and is now creaking again. Guided one-hour tours cover the mashing and fermenting process, plus tasting, while a self-guided tour is 40 minutes. The Silver Medal tour (€13.50) is more wide-ranging and includes tasting three whiskies; on the Gold Medal Masterclass tour (€26), you get to taste all four Kilbeggan core brands: Kilbeggan, Greenore single grain, Tyrconnell single malt, and Connemara peated single malt. This tour also takes in old warehouses, casks, and includes meeting distillers. Afterwards you can browse the gift shop and enjoy homemade food in the Pantry restaurant.

Sight Information


Lower Main St. , Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

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Sight Details:

  • €8.50
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 9–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4

Published 08/11/2015


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