Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the world. At the Irish Whiskey Museum, we tell the true history of this famous spirit.
In 2013, there were only four distilleries in operation and five visitor centers on the island of Ireland. Now, there are 24 operating distilleries with another 28 at different stages of planning! The Irish Whiskey Museum is independent of all whiskey distilleries. That means we offer our visitors the opportunity to taste some of the huge selection of whiskeys on offer. We’ll also tell you the unbiased history of the spirit and its importance in Ireland’s history.
Listen, learn and laugh during guided tours of the Museum. Walk throughout the building where each of the 4 different rooms represents a different period in Irish history. Finish the tour by becoming a true whiskey expert with a tasting of three or four different Irish whiskeys. Other tours, such as the Whiskey Blending Experience and the Whiskey and Brunch experience, are also available.
We are based in a historic building on Grafton Street, opposite the main entrance of Trinity College. Relax in our bar and check out the views of the city. Choose from the huge selection of Irish whiskeys available, our signature Irish Coffee or our whiskey cocktails, all while taking in the views of the city. Or visit our shop and speak to many one of our whiskey experts and find the perfect whiskey for you!
Since opening in November 2014, the Irish Whiskey Museum has become a firm favourite for tourists. We received Traveller’s Choice by Tripadvisor in 2018 and we are one of the Top 25 Museums to visit in Europe. We’ve also been voted Top 10 Hottest by Irish Independent newspaper and Hottest Travel Ticket by Newstalk radio.
Want to see more of Ireland? The Irish Whiskey Museum is part of EI Travel Group, which also includes:
Irish whiskey is one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe. The Irish monks brought the technique of distilling back to Ireland from Mediterranean countries around 1000 A.D. The word 'whiskey' or whisky, comes from the Gaelic uisce beatha, meaning "water of life".
Whiskey was first recorded in Ireland in 1405
Irish Whiskey was beginning to gain fans including ‘Queen Elizabeth I’ who in 1541 had stocks of it delivered to her court.
Irish whiskey was regarded as the finest in the world and sales soared
The appeal for Irish Whiskey has forged a passion for quality Irish Whiskey
“The museum has a lot of great artifacts and history and the tour guide is lively and funny. I really laughed at his story about why the Irish have 3 day wakes! You get to taste a flight of whiskeys afterwards in the tasting room. Spring the extra couple of bucks and you get your own lovely shot glass and an extra tasting of more expensive whiskey. It has a neat little bar as well and a store to purchase the various whiskeys. It’s a fun hour well spent. I highly recommend it.”
- Valerie H, 2018 (Tripadvisor)
“For starters, the employees are very friendly and could tell a lot about whiskeys. I enjoyed the tour, since the guide (Eoin) was funny and nice to listen to. The tour was very informative and included a lot of history as well. The whiskeys I tasted at the end were nice and we got some advices regarding our preferences. I would recommend the premium tour.”- Kamy 2018 (Tripadvisor)
“Mark (long hair mark) was a great guide. We learned a lot, and the whiskey was delicious! Definitely recommend the premium tour. The extra whisky is the best one, and you get a shot glass..”- Garett B 2018 (Tripadvisor)
“The whiskey museum and tour was a great experience. We had a hilarious guide, Eoin – he was well spoken and able to answer any questions the group asked. The shop had a great selection of whiskies, and we also enjoyed sitting in the bar afterwards to try a few flights. I recommend taking the tour and checking out the museum when visiting Dublin to find new whiskies.”- Brianne S 2018 (Tripadvisor)