The drinking scene in Ireland is rich and full of history and luxury. Some of the most popular brands of alcohol in the world are distilled among the beautiful Irish landscape, and you can visit the distilleries yourself. Jameson, Guinness, Tullamore, and many more iconic brands have their distilleries and visiting centers open for public tours.
The Jameson Tour Experience
While Jameson has moved their production to Midleton in County Cork, their Dublin distillery is still open for events and tours. The distillery has over 200 years of history, and it is known for making some of the most popular whiskey in the world.
The Jameson tour on Bow Street offers a number of unique experiences for visitors. Visitors can start their tour by learning about the rich history of the Dublin distillery, and they can taste fine Jameson whiskeys while doing so.
Besides the usual fair, visitors are also given the opportunity to learn how to mix their own whiskey to take home. They’re taught how to make a proper whiskey cocktail that is sure to impress at their next dinner party, too. The most unique opportunity has to be the ability to draw whiskey, though. Visitors are taken through the drawing process by professionals, and they’re allowed to tap into the beauty of a Jameson cask themselves.
The unique opportunities that are presented by the Jameson tour are sure to bring joy to any whiskey lover. They allow visitors to learn about Jameson whiskey in an intimate and hands-on way.
The Guinness Storehouse
Guinness has a long-standing reputation as one of the world’s best producers of Porters, Stouts, and Draughts. Naturally, their storehouse tour has an equally outstanding reputation.
Guinness doesn’t allow visitors into their actual brewery. However, their Guinness Storehouse is located on St. James’ Gate, and visitors are more than welcome to visit. The Storehouse is a seven-story building that takes visitors on a journey through the company’s history. Each floor is fully outfitted with interactive activities that help visitors learn in fun and exciting ways.
If climbing seven stories sounds like it might be difficult, there’s no need to worry. The entire building is outfitted for elevators for those who may require them. Also, the seventh floor offers one of the best ways for visitors to relax; it’s home to the Guinness Gravity Bar. The relaxing atmosphere is a unique drinking experience, and it allows visitors to enjoy pints of the company’s famous beverages.
The Guinness Storehouse offers self-guided tours, and they also offer guided tours. There isn’t any need to register for self-guided tours, but doing so gives self-guided visitors a 10% discount. Guided tours offer visitors the ability to have a Guinness expert guide them through the tour. All guided tours must be booked in advance. The Storehouse has flexible visiting hours, and they’re open seven days a week.
Touring the Slane Distillery
Slane Castle offers two unique opportunities to their visitors. The Conyngham family has owned the castle since 1702, and the castle itself is open for tours and bookings. The facility is located right next to the Boyne River, and it provides beautiful views of the lush Irish landscape.
However, beautiful Irish castles aren’t the only thing that Slane Castle offers. The legendary triple-casked Slane whiskey is distilled at the same location. Tours are available that take visitors through the historically rich distillery. Visitors get to see the entirety of the distilling process first-hand, enjoy the beautiful sights, and the tour finishes with a taste of Slane’s finished product.
It isn’t possible to talk about Irish whiskey without bringing up Tullamore D.E.W. The Tullamore brand is a legend in the whiskey world, and their tours are just as legendary.
Tullamore takes a more relaxed approach to their tours. Visitors are told stories about the brand and Daniel E. Williams. Whiskey tastings are allowed regularly throughout the tour, and the company makes it a point to make their tours an enjoyable experience. This relaxed approach to touring allows visitors to really experience Irish customs and history in an environment that is bound to impress.
The Bond Restaurant is also available with the tour. The Bond Restaurant takes the same quality standards of Tullamore’s legendary whiskey and adds them to a robust menu that is made from the best local ingredients available. It truly is the perfect way to finish a Tullamore tour.
Book an Ireland Trip Today
There’s never been a better time to visit Ireland and all its distilleries than today. There’s also no better way to experience Ireland than with the guidance of an experienced travel agent with close ties to Ireland. Don’t hesitate and let the opportunity slip away; book an independent trip or a private escorted group tour to Ireland with Hurley World Travel today.
We’ll be visiting the Slane Distillery during our October 2019 Escorted Group Tour of Ireland. Review our itinerary and join us for our next fascinating private tour of Ireland. Questions? Contact Joe Hurley, (410) 588-6938, firstname.lastname@example.org.