Explore the Making and Tasting Of Mead - The Drink of Celtic Ireland's Kings and Chieftains

Join us for an entertaining fun tour at Ireland's first Meadery in 200 years.
We are open for tours Tue to Sun 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, and on Mondays from May to Sept.
We are open for tastings of our award winning mead selection from 11 to 5pm each day,
Do drop in if you are in the area for a real treat.
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Discover Mead

Spend an hour on an entertaining, fun experience at Ireland’s first Meadery in 200 years, learning all about Mead.

Highlights of a tour include:

  • Learn about our Meads:  Light and refreshing; fermented off dry (12% ABV wine strength)
  • Myths & Legends: the story and tales of Mead through the ages
  • Bechbretha or Bee Laws: How Ireland  protected the bees;
  • Honey: Taste three unique raw honeys, sticky business!
  • Process: Follow the meadmakers from fermentation through to maturation and bottling;
  • Tasting: sample our award-winning meads and a seasonal cocktail in the Meadery’s oak bar tasting room.

We love to share our passion and knowledge of all things mead and honey.

Times & Pricing

Tour Times:
11 Mar 24 – 31 Oct 24 (Tue-Sun noon, 2 & 4 pm).

Open on Mon from May-Sept.

Price: €18 per person.

Book online using the link below or call +353 (0)21 477 3538 or email info@kinsalemeadco.ie 

We are open for tastings of our award winning meads from 11 to 5pm, .

Horn and mether by the map
Group honey tasting on a Kinsale Meadery Tour
Kinsale Mead Tour at the bar
Tours at the Tank

Testimonials

We’re thrilled with the reviews of our attraction on TripadvisorFacebook and Google.  We’re one of the top things to do in Kinsale (rain or shine!) If you’ve already visited the meadery or had our mead, we’d really appreciate your review.

What a Lovely Find

We drove to Kinsale with no plans and popped in on the off chance of getting a tour. They couldn’t have been more welcoming. We had a very informative tour and tasting. Clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. The product speaks for itself and is lovely.

Great gifts and a fun afternoon

Ashleigh, UK

Mead my day

A lovely way to spend an hour. The whole process is fascinating and well explained. They kindly took us for the tour outside the normal tour times. The tasting was really good, beautiful flavours.

I guarantee you’ll want to bring a few bottles home.

Paul, USA

Simply Buzzing

The honey tasting was amazing, and the mead just as good. The facility looks so crisp and clean and the staff were such lovely people. The tour was interesting and informative, and it was lovely to visit the meadery.

Highly recommend.

Stjordal, Norway

Excellent Tour to match an excellent product

We really enjoyed this interesting and fun tour of this gorgeous company. Our tour guide was really lovely and passionate about the product from start to finish.

The tasting section was excellent and we got to try 4 different types of mead, all very different from each other.

Stephanie, Ireland

The Bees Knees

Wonderful tour around the only meadery in Ireland. Kate our guide gave a humorous and fascinating talk on the myths and legends surrounding mead in Ireland and its place in world history, all illustrated by the most marvellous artwork. Tasting various types of honey and the mead it produced was intriguing, and seeing the amount of work involved in producing just one bottle was awesome.
It is no wonder this is the number one tour attraction in Kinsale. Bravo to Kate and Denis Dempsey who pioneered the venture. Long live mead!

Alison, Ireland

A Definite Stop

My Dad loves mead so this was a definite stop on our tour of Ireland. As the only mead makers on the isle you could never go wrong. The owners were very nice and helpful in offering selections for purchase.

Allison, USA

Fun Time!

We had such a fun time learning about Mead and the history of it! We enjoyed the honey and mead tastings and even bought several bottles to take with us! We would recommend this experience to anyone that enjoys history, mead (or learning what it is), and tastings!

Maritza, USA

Super Insightful

The mead making tour was super interesting and informative. We learned historical information about bees, mead and Ireland! Also, our perception about mead changed. During our tasting, we realized mead is light and not overly sweet. We look forward to pairing mead with certain meals!

 

Paul USA

Must Do!

This is a must do! It’s been a highlight of our trip so far. It was a history lesson with beautiful artwork, lovely people, and fantastic mead! I will be recommending to everyone I know who is coming this way.

Melissa, New Hampshire, USA

Great Tour

This was such a great experience! Really interesting tour, loads of great stories of the history of mead. And the tasting afterwards was fab!

We were a small hen party and everyone loved the tour

Sorcha, Ireland

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