Located in an old warehouse, part of the original Tullamore distillery, this visitors centre shows how a blended Irish whiskey was produced. Tullamore Dew whiskey, and its sister product, Irish Mist whiskey liquer, are well-known throughout Ireland and around the world.
Today, the centre is museum rather than a working distillery -- no whiskey is produced in the midlands town that gave it its name (Tullamore Dew is now made in Dublin). Nevertheless, visitors to Tullamore centre will have lots to see -- including much of the original machinery, pots, caskets and stills that were used in the distillation process.
The centre is situated alongside the canal, where ships would once be loaded with their cargo of whiskey. While not as large as some other distillery tours, such as the Jameson Distillery in Dublin, the Tullamore centre has a charming, rustic feel, and has been well decorated to give an "old whiskey bar" feel.
This promotional video for the Tullamore Dew visitor centre is slightly too polished, but it gives some glimpses of the interior
Touring the Centre
Visitors are taken along on a guided tour of the facility, which starts with an audio-visual presentation. Throughout the museum, life-sized wax figures are shown in various scenarios of the distilling process. At the end of the outing, you are offered a sample tasting of three different types of whiskey in the "tasting room" -- a large bar on the upper level featuring a chandelier made out of whiskey bottles. Since the tasting is included in the entrance fee, it makes the overall fee quite reasonable -- unless you are a non-drinker.
Cafe / Restaurant
There is a nice cafe / restaurant on-site, offering teas, coffees, lunches, etc.
- Allow yourself around 1 hour to visit the centre
- Tours start at set times -- if your tour doesn't start right away, take a stroll around the town rather than just hanging around
- There is no parking at the Tullamore Visitor Centre. There is a large, all-day carpark nearby, which costs €2.50 for the day
- Monday to Saturday - 9:30am – 6pm
- Sundays / Official holidays - 11:30am – 5pm
Last tours start at least 1 hour before closing Christmas / New Year Holiday Period Closed
- Adult €9 euros
- Students / Seniors €6 euros
- Family €20 euros
A life-sized figure inside the Tullamore Dew centre. Image by Jeremy.