The Jameson Distillery
About the Jameson Distillery
The Jameson Distillery, Midleton, (also known as the Old Midleton Distillery or the Jameson Experience) is a visitor’s centre located in the heart of the town of Midleton, County Cork, just 20 minutes drive from Cork City. Set over 15 acres, since opening as a visitor’s centre in 1992, the old distillery has received approximately 130,000 guests per year.
The Old Midleton Distillery in which the Jameson Experience is located began life as a woollen mills, before being converted to a military barracks and subsequently a distillery in 1825. The distillery operated until 1975, when a new distillery was constructed alongside it to house the consolidated operations of three former whiskey-making rivals, John Jameson & Son, John Powers & Son, and Cork Distilleries Company (owners of the Midleton Distillery), who had come together to form Irish Distillers in 1966. It now houses a visitor centre, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
The tour at the Jameson distillery Midleton explains the history of Jameson Whiskey and the distillery that operated there for 150 years. Tours include a film, and walking tour, in which guests are guided through the old distillery, where they can admire the old kilns, mills, maltings, water wheel, still house, distiller’s cottage, cooperage and warehouses. Small numbers of visitors can also volunteer to participate in a comparative whiskey tasting, comparing Jameson Whiskey, Scotch whisky, and American whiskey, to become a “Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster”.
The Jameson Experience Tour is a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. You’ll learn about the hard-working people and field-to-glass processes responsible for the whiskey that bears John Jameson’s name.
On this tour, one of our friendly Jameson Ambassadors will guide you around some of our key buildings, including the warehouses and the Micro- Distillery. The tour finishes with all visitors enjoying a complimentary glass of Jameson or a Jameson Cocktail as part of their tour experience.
For tickets and tour times, please visit their website, by clicking here.