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Bushmills Distillery

2 Distillery Road, Bushmills BT57 8XH, Northern Ireland
44-28-2073-1521
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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in Bushmills
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Breweries, Wineries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Drinking
Description: Opened in 1608, this is the oldest licensed distillery in the world and exports its whiskey internationally.
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Joliet, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The tour was led by an employee who knew his stuff. It was nice to see the distillery while it was working, and the tasting at the end of the tour was great. We enjoyed the tour. Make sure to get there early, as tours fill quickly.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Unlike the Guinness tour in Dublin, you actually get to tour through where the whiskey is made. No pictures are allowed, as the smell of whiskey is pervasive throughout the buildings. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. And, of course, the tour wouldn't be complete without a taste of the product at the end.... More

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Sligo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This tour was really enjoyable and well ran. Once a group was ready to go we were met by a very competent young lady who conducted our tour. She was so friendly and knew her stuff. It was really interesting to see a working factory in operation from the raw materials arriving to the bottling of the finished product. Some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Took the distillery tour and was not disappointed. Really interesting to actually see the whole process of how the whisky is produced. The smell inside is fantastic. Really learnt a lot and even got to taste a sample at the end of the tour. The children really enjoyed the tour and were offered a soft drink of their choice at... More

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UK
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Well organised small group tours with staff proud to be associated with the Bushmill name followed by a glass of one of the Bushmill whiskeys in the 1608 bar.

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Visited with my husband and another couple on Sunday 24th August. The tour was interesting. I'm not a big whiskey drinker, and have been on distillery tours before, however it was interesting to visit the site of such an old distillery. The guide was friendly and informative. Probably only very interesting if you've never been to a distillery before, or... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Only irish whisky's appeal to me and I'll drink nothing but. Bushmills is in the top 5 without a doubt. The fact that a number or irish whiskys are distilled three times makes them so mellow in my opinion as opposed to harsh whisky's that have only been distilled once which many brands fall into that catogory. When we visited... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My first time to a distillery so it was quite interesting to see how whisky ages, color changes and why it is so not cheap! Those who travel back to mainland UK, do purchase the whisky from the shop in the premises and it's cheaper by £10 than in the duty free shops in the airport.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Although I am not a whiskey drinker it was well worth the visit to experience the smells of the oldest licensed distillery in the world. My husband has visited other distilleries and found this one lacking in detailed information.

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Vancouver, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A lot of tours like this are all just videos, this one shows how the whiskey is made, aged and bottled. There is a nice tasting room at the end of the tour that is included in the price of admission. Suggestion... be sure that the timing of your tour isn't over the lunch hour so you can see the... More

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