Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Center to be closed

A new visitor center is planned to be situated directly on the distillery site


Yesterday's reports in various Irish media about a planned closure of the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Center have now been confirmed by William Grant & Sons. An exact time has not yet been announced, in some news the October 21st is unsecured mentioned.

The Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor center is located in the heart of the Irish city of Tullamore. It was opened in 2012 in a former bonded warehouse and has since welcomed 35,000 - 40,000 visitors annually. One reason for the closure, explains William Grant, is the impact of the corona pandemic on tourism and the resulting small number of visitors.

The other reason is that the plan was anyway to include a tour of the new distillery, which has been in operation since 2014, as the centerpiece of the visitor tours. The distillery is located southward just outside the city. More than 100 million euros have been invested in recent years to bundle the grain, malt and pot still whiskey production of Tullamore D.E.W. here, and a new visitor center is to be built directly on the distillery site.

With the closure of the previous visitor center, 14 jobs will be lost. Local politicians are disappointed with the loss but are confident that Tullamore D.E.W. will continue to attract many visitors in the future. They hope that the construction of the new visitor center in the distillery will be completed quickly. With the beginning of the summer season 2021 it could hopefully be opened and then there is also the chance that many of the lost jobs can be reactivated.