Set on the original site where the famous Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971, taking a tour of the Jameson Distillery is one of Dublin’s most popular activities.
The former factory on Bow Street, close to the banks of the River Liffey, continues to stand as a monument to Irish Whiskey, offering regular tours and experiences for visitors keen to touch, smell and, most importantly, taste the world-renowned liquor, as well as to learn about the art of whiskey-making. Whether it’s a look around the old facility, cocktail-making classes, or tasting sessions, there are tours and experiences here for everyone. We’ve compared three of the best below.
Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings
The classic Jameson Distillery Tour invites visitors to learn the secrets of Irish whiskey-making before settling in for a mouth-watering tasting session. During the 45-minute guided tour and tasting, you’ll be told all about the history of the building and its facilities, visiting the live maturation warehouse to see the various steps that go into creating the whiskey. Next, you’ll sit down for a comparative tasting of Jameson straight from the barrel, including a signature cocktail featuring the famous whiskey. There’ll also be the option to purchase a bottle of personalised Jameson whiskey exclusive to the distillery to take away as a memento. From €30 per person.
Skip-the-Line: Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour
This small-group, half-day tour offers the chance to visit two of Dublin’s top attractions in one trip and benefit from skip-the-line access at both. After meeting your local guide at the Jameson Whiskey Distillery, you’ll avoid the queues and head straight in to get right to business – sampling a range of different whiskeys and earning a Whiskey Taster Certificate to boot. There’ll also be a chance to look around the premises while your guide shares stories about Ireland’s whiskey heritage. Once finished, you’ll move on to the Guinness Storehouse, skipping the queues once again to enjoy a tasting session, a tutorial about the famous dark beer, and a tour of the facility, including the Guinness Gravity Bar with its superb views across the city, and other floors packed with engaging exhibits, before your tour comes to a close. From €97 per person.
Private Jameson and Guinness Half-Day Tour by Bus
For a more exclusive and intimate experience, this private half-day tour could be for you. After collection from your Dublin City hotel, you’ll board executive transportation before your Whiskey & Beer Specialist Host begins bringing to life the wonderful heritage of distilling and brewing in Dublin. Your Host will lead you on a private tour of Guinness Storehouse, taking you through the brewing process and the wonderful history of Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse visit is usually self-guided, but they’ll ensure you enjoy the highlights of the tour including information on all the landmarks on view in Gravity Bar, over a pint of Guinness. Next up, it’s to the original home of Jameson Irish Whiskey, where your Host will take you on a stroll of the buildings sharing the Jameson story before you join the Bow St. Experience tour with other Jameson fans. From €289 per person.