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“An eye opener” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Road, Bushmills BT57 8XH, Northern Ireland
44-28-2073-1521
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$1,088*
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Northern Ireland and the North West Small Group...
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Bushmills
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Drinking
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Owner description: Opened in 1608, this is the oldest licensed distillery in the world and exports its whiskey internationally.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“An eye opener”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Really informative and well worth a visit. Thoroughly enjoyable, even if you don't drink whiskey. Small groups of maximum 15, but beware if you have walking difficulties, there are 130+ stairs to negotiate on the tour.

Visited October 2012
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“If you like Irish Whiskey this tour is a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Having gone to the Jameson's tour in Dublin, as people who appreciate Irish Whiskey, we gave Bushmills a go. While there is no film to get you started (Jamesons tour), there was a young lady who knew everything and anything about the oldest distillery in Ireland, Bushmills. The tour is long, and be aware they ask no pictures taken as this is a working distillery and fires could occur from the smallest of flashes (the whiskey permeates the air in some rooms -- which isn't a bad thing). The only negative of the tour -- AND it can't be helped, is the heat in one of the distillery rooms. The guide warned us of it and did give anyone who suffered from the heat another way out into cool air, but everyone was beguiled enough to stay. At the end of the tour we had a complimentary glass of the of 12 year single malt Bushmills. There was an option to have a personalised label attached to any bottle purchased. We took the option and have a special bottle of our very own Bushmills. If you should stop at Carrick-a-Rede Island (just down the road) and be brave enough to give the rope bridge a go, you'll need to drive on up to Bushmills for a celebratory drink after the fact. Cheers!

Visited June 2012
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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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“Interesting...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

An interesting visit as a fan of Bushmills whisky, although they need to concentrate more on their roots & not the fact that they are now part of Diageo. Perhaps they need more to do there too, tour guide was ok, but difficult to hear in some areas. Still well worth a wonder if your a fan, even if its just to pick up a bottle of distillery reserve, only available there!

Visited October 2012
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Montreal
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“Informative, Entertaining, and Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

My wife and I decided to check out the Bushmills Distillery while passing through Northern Ireland during our vacation just because it sounded like something fun to do. Neither of us are big on whiskey, but the tour sounded entertaining based on everything we read so we figured why not.

We weren't disappointed! The tour wasn't terribly expensive and our guide took us through the whole distillery and the processes from A to Z of how the make whiskey. And of course at the end of the tour, you get to sample any of the whiskey's they produce, with the exception of the 15 and 20 year old bottles. I can vouch for the 10 and 12 year whiskeys though!

Overall, a lot of fun and very informative. Definitely worth doing but maybe not if you have kids.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

A trip to Ireland would never be complete without a trip to Bushmills where the famous Irish Whiskey is made. A good walk around with a knowledgeable guide. Most people know how alcohol is distilled however just seeing the flow coming out of the vats is mind blowing. You can also get a personalised 12 year old for yourself or a friend.

Visited October 2012
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