John Jameson

Old Jameson Distillery

The Old Jameson Distillery is a tour through a re-created distillery which is visited by over 350,000 people a year.

The story of Jameson Whiskey starts on October 5th 1740 when John Jameson was born. The family motto ‘Sine Metu’ (‘Without Fear’) was awarded to them for their bravery in battling pirates on the high seas in the 1500’s. Years later, this motto was the inspiration for 30-year-old John Jameson’s move to Dublin in 1770 to start a whiskey distillery.

As Jameson established his distillery in Dublin, his practice of using only the finest ingredients began to leave a mark. Jameson personally selected the barley and casks, insisting his whiskey be distilled three times, not twice like Scottish whiskey, to create a very smooth spirit.

In the 1780’s, the men and women working in the distilleries enjoyed the best wages and working conditions in the city. Jameson believed sharing his profits, time and spirit with each worker made them loyal and, in turn, made a better whiskey.

By 1810, John Jameson’s son, John II, had expanded the distillery to be one of the largest in Ireland and, in the late 1800’s, his son, John III expanded the business globally to make it one of the largest whiskeys in the world. By the time John IV took over in the early 1900’s, Jameson Whiskey was world renowned.

Opening Hours:
Open 7 days.
Mon – Thurs: 11am, last tour at 5.30pm
Fri & Sat: 11am, last tour at 6.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12pm, last tour at 5.30pm

Guided tours only; various options and combinations available.
Tour types and availability change seasonally, visit booking section to see the most up to date availability.

Contact & Pricing:
Tel: 01 807 2355
Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Adults from €26; concessions