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Bushmills Distillery - About

Bushmills Distillery in located in a small beautiful village called Bushmills, and as you may have guessed, is where the famous Irish whisky is made. The Distillery is a popular tourist attraction and claims to be the oldest in the world.

If you decide to visit Bushmills Distillery you will get a tour of the facility and learn and see about how the whiskey is made, distilled, and bottled. At the end of the tour, you will also have the chance to visit the gift shop, and if you’re old enough, try a free sample of the various products.

In 1608 Thomas Phillipps was granted a licence to distil in the area by King James I. However it was not until 1784 that Bushmills Old Distillery was established as a company by Hugh Anderson. In 1860 the distillery was bought by James McColgan and Patrick Corrigan and in 1880 they formed a limited company.

By 1890, Bushmills Whiskey travelled across water to America, and on to Singapore, Hong King, Shanghai and Yokohama.

Isaac Wolfson bought the distillery after the Second World War, and it was taken over by Irish Distillers in 1972. This meant that Irish Distillers controlled the production of all Irish whiskey at the time. In 1988 a French liquor group called Pernod Ricard bought the company, but it was then sold again to Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company.


Child (8-17 years)£4
Senior Citizens (60 years +)£6.50
Family (2 adults & 2 children)£21
Group Rates (Group size of 15+)£6
*Due to health and safety reasons, children under 8 years are not permitted on tours. However, they are still welcome on site.

*Admission prices only apply to the Guided Tours and Tutored Tasting. Visitors are welcome to visit the Restaurant and Gift Shop free of charge.

Opening Times

Summer Opening Hours (May to October 2015) 
Monday to Saturday09.15 to 16.45
Sunday12.00 to 16.45
*Closed 13th July 2015
*Last tour is at 16.00
*Last admission to gift shop is 16.45
Winder Opening Hours (November to December 2015/January to February 2016) 
Monday to Saturday10.00 to 16.45
Sunday12.00 to 16.45
*Closed 23rd December to 1st January
*Last tour is at 15.30
*Last admission to gift shop is 16.45
Extended Opening Times
20th to 23rd July
27th to 30th July
3rd to 6th August
10th to 13th August
17th to 20th August
24th to 27th August
31st August
*Last tour is at 17.00
*Last admission to gift shop is 17.45


2 Distillery Road,
County Antrim,
BT57 8XH

Telephone: (028) 2073 3218

Alt Telephone: (028) 2073 3272