Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours
If you are a local and you haven't tried one, or you're a visitor looking for a brilliant Suffolk experience, try an Adnams tour!
Fancy doing something a little bit different? For those of you who have yet to visit our home in Southwold you are in for a treat. Behind the walls of our Victorian building lies one of the most modern breweries in the UK, we’ve even added a distillery now too. Come and explore behind the scenes and discover how we create our award-winning beers and spirits, or get creative and make your very own gin!
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You can book your tour now, or pop in to our Wine Shop and Booking Office on Pinkney's Lane in Southwold, next door to the Red Lion. If you have a group or private tour enquiry, or if you’d prefer to book over the telephone, you can call 01502 727 225 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays).
Some very important bits:
- No under 18s
We cannot accept anyone under the age of 18 on our Tours or Experiences, this includes babies being carried.
- Sensible shoes are required
All participants must be wearing sensible, covered shoes. Sorry, no open-toed sandals, flip-flops or heels.
- Tours cancellation policy
Brewery and distillery tours are subject to cancellation if there are less than six participants – if this should happen we will contact you via phone and do our very best to book you on another tour. Make Your Own Gin experiences are excluded from this cancellation policy.
- Visitors with restricted mobility
Our brewery tours may be challenging for those with limited mobility and we regret that our distillery tours and Make your Own Gin Experiences in Southwold are not suitable for wheelchair users. Find out more in our FAQ section.
You will be invited to taste Adnams beers and / or spirits as part of your tour. Remember that you can have too much of a good thing! Please do not be tempted to sample our lovely products before your tour as you may be refused entry.
Your tour of the Adnams brewery will explain the beer making process from start to finish. You’ll explore the choice of ingredients and how we make our beers using our super-modern, self-cleaning brew stream (we’re trying to programme it to make the tea, too) through to tasting the final delicious product.
Brewery tours run daily and take approximately 1 hour and are followed by a tutored beer tasting which lasts around 30 minutes. You will then be accompanied to the Adnams Southwold store where you may be able to try a selection of our other products and to collect your bottle of Adnams Beer. The cost is £20 per person, which includes the tour, tastings, and a bottle of beer to take home, we'll even give you 10% off your purchases in our Adnams Southwold store when you spend £20 or more. Tours are only available to over 18s and booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Group and private tours are available.
Our Copper House Distillery sits within the brewery and uses many of the same local ingredients. From the top of the building you can see some of the best views in Southwold, looking across the rooftops to the Lighthouse and North Sea beyond. Discover how we create our range of award-winning spirits from the start of the process in our super-efficient brewery through to distilling and, of course, sampling the finished product. The tour costs £20 per person.
The tour takes approximately 1 hour and is followed by a tutored tasting, which takes around 30 minutes. We’ll also give you 10% off your purchases in our Adnams Southwold store when you spend £20 or more. The tours are only available to over 18s and booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Make Your Own Gin
An amazing gift for gin lovers and a real treat for everyone who's curious about this fascinating and historic spirit. If you’ve ever wanted to create your very own gin and would like to learn more about the art of distilling, then the Adnams Make Your Own Gin experience is for you.
Now available in Southwold, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich Westlegate, this fascinating experience using mini copper stills takes approximately 2.5 hours. An Adnams Gin Maker will guide you through the process of making your own gin, from selecting your own choice of botanicals provided, through to the distillation process and naming, then labelling, your personal bottle. As well as the opportunity to create your own gin to take home with you, you'll also be able to taste a range of our delicious spirits and you'll be given a voucher to receive 10% off your purchases in our Adnams stores when you spend £20 or more.
Make Your Own Gin Experiences are available for over 18s only.
The Adnams Make Your Own Gin experience costs £95 per person and includes:
- A gin making session with one of our Gin Makers
- A 70cl bottle of your own gin to take home with you
- A tutored tasting of a range of Adnams Spirits
- 10% off your purchases in our Adnams stores when you spend £20 or more
If you have a group of 10 to 12 people then we can arrange a private tour of our Brewery or Distillery, they are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, bring a team of colleagues together or simply make a visit to Southwold memorable.