The Old Jameson Distillery
The Old Jameson Distillery © German Poo-Caamano
Jameson, who was actually a Scotsman, moved to Dublin to start a whiskey distillery in the 1770s and clearly made a lasting impression on the industry, despite the many distilleries making fine Irish whiskey in Dublin at the time.
The Old Jameson Distillery is located in the heart of Dublin. Visiting is a treat for whiskey lovers, and there's a taste of Irish culture and history thrown into the bargain. This museum illustrates the history of Irish whiskey, known in Irish as uisce beatha (the water of life) and the expert guides will answer any questions whiskey lovers might have. The tour takes visitors through the triple distillation process that sets Jameson apart. In the beginning there is a film explaining the 'Angel's Share' which is very interesting. A free glass of Jameson Whiskey is included in the tour and visitors can choose to partake in a whiskey tasting in the bar after their tour and sample different Irish, Scotch and American whiskeys (be sure to raise your hand if they ask for volunteers!). The tour lasts just over an hour, but you can stay afterwards to enjoy the bars, restaurant and gift shop. A popular souvenir from the gift shop is a personalised bottle of whiskey, which will delight any whiskey drinkers back home.
Please note that the The Old Jameson Distillery is closed for revamping, and will open again in March 2017.
Address: Bow St, Smithfield Village
Telephone: +353 1 807 2355
Transport: Both the Dublin Bus and the Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off bus stop at Smithfield (Stop 20). From there, it's a short walk up Church Street and left on to May Lane/Bow Street.
Opening times: Open daily: Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm (last tour at 5:15pm). Closed Good Friday and Christmas holidays.
Admission: Adults €14, Children under 18 €7.70. Concessions available.