Old Jameson Distillery - Dublin
I have to say I prefer The Old Jameson Distillery as a visitor attraction to the Guinness Storehouse for the simple reason that the tour here is guided, whereas in Guinness’s you are left to your own devices. Which can be very pleasant, especially above in the Gravity Bar with a view of the city and a pint in your hand, but for me I want something more? I like to leave a place a little bit wiser and in Jameson's case (a little bit tipsy) having learned something. Properly guided tours will do that for you and at the Old Jameson Distillery it is very well done, just the right length of time and information to hold your attention, finishing up with a genuinely, convivial whiskey tasting session in the Discovery Bar.
Perhaps, when you understand how something is made you appreciate it more? It is quite amazing how three simple ingredients, barley, water and yeast can be turned into ‘uisce beatha’ or the water of life? And interestingly too, how each of the processes, whether it was the malting of the barley, the marrying of the whiskey in casks or the vatting into bottles, shaped the lives and social history of this small part of Dublin. Surely they could never have imagined Jameson whiskey becoming the global phenomenon it is today with the infamous distinction of being the most shop lifted item in the USA.
The Old Jameson Distillery, Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Open 7 days a week, Luas stop close by at Smithfield.
Tour Admission Prices : Adult- €14.00 Group (of 15 persons plus) €11.00 pp Student €10.60 Seniors €9.60 Children- €7.70 Family (2 Adult/3 Children)- €40.00 with a 10% discount if you book online
10 Other Things To Do and See in the area….
1 Smithfield Market an eclectic mix (how else can you say it nicely) of the old? monthly horse fair and the new? (modern apartments)
2 Four Courts elegant complex of Georgian buildings where a lot of Irish legal wheeling and dealing still goes on, although the Supreme Court of Criminal Justice has moved to a new iconic building on Parkgate St.
3 St Michan's Church Church Street, used to be the highlight of school tours when we were kids? you can still visit the ‘mummies’ and the tomb of the crusader in the crypts below (small admission charge)
4 The Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in nearby Collins Barracks, another great free museum, the Curators Choice is excellent.
5 Capuchin Day Care Centre 29 Bow St, spare a thought or better still a donation for this free facility, run by the Capuchin monks for the homeless of Dublin which provides free hot meals daily for anybody that needs them.
6 Fruit & Vegetable Market admire the fine Victorian ironwork of this old market still bustling a 100 years on every morning.
7 Liffey Boardwalk take a walk along the quays on the new boardwalk which goes as far as O’Connell St bridge, the only one in Europe that is wider than it is longer!
8 Halfpenny Bridge cross over the first toll bridge in Ireland, hence the name? into the infamous Temple Bar area of Dublin.
9 Winding Stair Bookshop/Restaurant Ormond Quay stop in for a nice quiet coffee and a read, good for lunch and dinner also.
10 Cobblestone's Pub in Smithfield, quietly authentic and local.