Midleton Distillery are delighted to announce details of a €13 million investment plan which will see the redevelopment of the distillery experience at Midleton Distillery transforming the attraction into a world-class whiskey destination. As part of the plan, the existing attraction will be completely transformed to accommodate new and interactive whiskey tours and various tasting experiences, offering visitors the opportunity to explore more about the past, present and future of Irish whiskey production at Midleton Distillery.
In order to ensure that visitors receive the same great experience while construction is ongoing, an alternative purpose-built Irish whiskey attraction will continue to welcome visitors during the redevelopment, so our Experiences will continue to operate 7 days a week and our onsite facilities will continue to include an AV, a bar offering, shop & food offering (Fred’s food truck).
Construction will commence immediately and all phases are expected be completed by 2025, in time to mark the 200-year anniversary of Midleton Distillery. The redevelopment will also deliver state-of-the-art new shopping, bar, café and restaurant facilities.
Commenting on the plan, Conor McQuaid, Chairman and CEO said:
“Over the past 30 years, Midleton Distillery has become synonymous with Irish whiskey tourism, welcoming more than three million visitors from countries all over the world to our home in East Cork.
As we are committed to preserving and maintaining the beauty of the original distillery buildings, many of which date back to 1794, our redevelopment plan is centred around the conservation and restoration of existing structures, while transforming our visitor attraction to accommodate new and interactive whiskey tours and exciting tasting experiences. The redevelopment will therefore marry the old and the new, making improvements and upgrades to preserve the fabric of these buildings, all of which will ultimately contribute to an immersive and unique visitor experience.”
New York headquartered Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), who have specialist experience in the planning and design of cultural attractions around the world, will lead the design of the redevelopment project. Every element of the redevelopment has been planned with sustainability and efficiency in mind. PJ Hegarty & Sons have been appointed as conservation and construction contractor.
We hope you will join us in celebrating this exciting news for Midleton Distillery!