Neat plans for Midleton whiskey; Upgrade of visitor centre on the way 

Neat plans for Midleton whiskey; Upgrade of visitor centre on the way 
The Jameson Experience.Pic; Larry Cummins

The Jameson Experience Heritage Centre in Midleton is set for upgrades and expansion, the company has confirmed.

The distillery is already one of the most popular tourist attractions in Munster but has plans to continue to grow.

It is proposed to upgrade the existing facilities, and while this is ongoing, certain aspects of the experience would be relocated on a temporary basis.

Irish Distillers International Ltd has applied to Cork County Council for permission to refurbish, modify, and change the use of three existing warehouse buildings to form part of the Jameson Experience.

The Jameson Experience.Pic; Larry Cummins
The Jameson Experience.Pic; Larry Cummins

The proposed works will include alterations to the existing facades and internal layout to facilitate the temporary relocation of the existing visitor centre.

This will include the transfer of the reception area, the auditorium, whiskey tasting rooms, and the retail shop, including off-trade whiskey sales, to the three buildings.

Irish Distillers has said that the temporary heritage centre will be a licensed premises, which is set to include a bar, a café/restaurant with a covered outdoor seating area, and a temporary structure to accommodate public toilets adjacent to the existing warehouses.

It has clarified that the buildings temporarily used to host the heritage centre will continue to form part of the Jameson Experience and will be used for tourism uses once the temporary use ceases.

The proposed development consists of the carrying out of works on a protected structure.

The Jameson Experience, Midleton.  Picture: Denis Minihane.
The Jameson Experience, Midleton. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A spokesperson for Irish Distillers said: “At Irish Distillers, we are always planning for the future growth of Irish whiskey. Jameson Distillery Midleton welcomes people from around the world, and we want to make sure our tourism product continues to match the high-quality whiskeys that we’re known for internationally.

“In order to maintain our overall visitor experience in Midleton, we have applied to make some upgrades to the site to provide for the future needs of our visitors and staff.”

A decision is due from Cork County Council on the proposal on July 6.

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