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Bushmills Distillery 

At the top of the village you will find what Bushmills has become known worldwide for - the famous Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. The Victorian architecture of the Distillery dates from 1885 when it was rebuilt due to a fire. Built on the banks of St. Columb's Rill it offers the visitor  guided tours of the distillation process throughout the day. The claim of being the "Worlds Oldest Whiskey Distillery" is based on the undisputed fact that a seven year licence to distil dating from April 20th 1608 was granted by King James 1st to local landowner Sir Thomas Phillipps. Even the legal status of this distillation pales into insignificance when compared to the process of illegal distillation in the village which goes back even further than 1608. Local folklore tells of whiskey being made illegally in the 1400's and there are also records of a Sir Robert Savage enjoying the 'aqua vitae' (whiskey) with his troops in 1276 and the drink is even mentioned in the Book of Leinster. The company itself was founded in 1783 and in 1800's we find records of the S.S. Bushmills, a large sailing ship own by company, plying across the Atlantic with her much awaited cargo.

The Old Bushmills Distillery is devoted to the production of Single Malt Irish Whiskey and the great tradition and craftsmanship first established in 1608 has been handed down over the generations and has been conserved to this very day. As a result there have been very few changes in how Single Malt Irish Whiskey is made today. It is now currently part of the Irish Distillers Group having been bought in 1972. An exceptional aspect of The Old Bushmills Distillery is the fact that distilling, blending, maturation and bottling are all carried out under one roof. Self-sufficiency and in-house expertise in triple distillation and maturation are the critical factors in the quality and complexity of the Bushmills family of whiskeys.

Bushmills produces many fine Whiskeys the most well known being Bushmills Irish Whiskey . However they also produce the classic Bushmills Black Bush and in 1996 Bushmills also started to supply Bushmills 16 year old rare single Irish malt.

Experience for yourself the craft and skills of making Irish Single Malt Whiskey at Old Bushmills Distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim .

April - October (last tour 4pm each day)

  • Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Sunday 12 noon - 5.30pm

November - March

  • Monday to Friday 5 tours daily ( 10.30am , 11.30am , 1.30pm , 2.30pm , & 3.30pm )
  • Saturday and Sunday 3 tours daily ( 1.30pm , 2.30pm & 3.30pm )

Closed on Good Friday, July 12th, Christmas & New Years holidays. For groups please telephone to arrange your visit: +44 (0)28 207 33218. There is an admission charge.