Licensed to distill spirits in 1608, but with historical references dating from as far back as 1276, this distillery is endlessly popular. Visitors can tour the working sections and watch the whiskey-making process, starting with fresh water from the adjacent River Bush and continuing through distillation, fermentation, and bottling. At the end of the tour, you can sample the wares in the Potstill Bar, where you can learn more about the history of the distillery. Tours last about 25 minutes. The Bushmills coffee shop serves tea, coffee, homemade snacks, and lunch. Tip: Try to visit during the week for the full experience. Although tours do take place on weekends, the distillery itself is only in operation from Monday to Friday. The same is true for the “silent season,” early July through early August—when the distillery shuts down for annual maintenance, but tours continue as normal.
Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim
Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim› Attraction
The Old Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Rd., Bushmills, Co. Antrim, BT57 8XH
Our Rating Hours Apr–Oct tours about every 20 min. March–Oct Mon–Sat 9:15am–4:45pm, Sun noon–4:45pm (last tours 4pm); Nov–Feb Mon–Sat 10am–4:45pm, Sun noon–4:45pm (last tours 3:30pm). Phone 028/2073-3218 Prices Admission £8 adults; £7 seniors and students; £4.50 children 8–17; £23 families Web site The Old Bushmills Distillery Other No children under 8 on tour.
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