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Penderyn Distillery: A Visitor's Guide

Putting Welsh whisky back on the map after a 100 year absence, Penderyn Distillery has reignited a passion for distillation in Wales which dates back to the 4th century. Using only the purest water from the Brecon Beacons, they now produce some of the finest whisky in the world and offer visitors the opportunity to learn, watch and sample whisky on their tours.

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The Gliffaes Hotel Guide To Penderyn Distillery

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Is Penderyn Distillery?

Penderyn Brecon Beacons Distillery, Pontpren, Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF44 0SX (approximately 45 minutes drive from the hotel)

When Is Penderyn Distillery Open?

9:30am-5:00pm, 7 days per week (open until 6pm during the summer months)

How Long Should I Spend At Penderyn Distillery?

The tours last for 1 hour. Once the tour has ended, you will be given the opportunity to sample some products in the Tasting Bar.

How Much Is Entry To Penderyn Distillery?

Children (14-17): £4.50

Students & Senior Citizens: £8.25 (online) or £9.56 (on the door)

Adults: £11.50 (online) or £12.50 (on the door)

Groups (10 or more): £10.35

Can I Park At Penderyn Distillery?

The Penderyn Distillery car park is large enough to provide parking for all tour visitors and plenty more.

Is Penderyn Distillery Wheelchair-Accessible?

The production area is not accessible for wheelchair users, though an alternative tour route is available. 

When Is The Best Time To Visit Penderyn Distillery?

Penderyn Distillery is open year-round, so you can choose a convenient date at your leisure. The tour sizes are limited and the last tour of the day takes place at 4pm.

What Should I Wear To Penderyn Distillery?

Flip-flops, heels or open-toed shoes will not be permitted for safety reasons. It is recommended that all visitors wear flat, comfortable footwear.

Is Penderyn Distillery Dog-Friendly?

As a manufacturer of food and drink products, dogs are not permitted.

Is There WiFi At Penderyn Distillery?

WiFi is not available at Penderyn Distillery and the use of mobile devices is prohibited during the tour.

Penderyn Distillery: A Welsh Whisky Wonder

Even if you don’t like whisky, a trip to the Penderyn Distillery is a must when staying at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

Just to learn the story of how Penderyn Distillery came to fruition is a reason to visit in itself, but there is so much more to take away from this unique experience.

Guests will come away with some general knowledge of whisky production, how to correctly taste and “nose” whisky and how Penderyn Distillery came to produce a range of other alcoholic beverages.

Formation Of Penderyn Distillery

Production of whisky had been non-existent in Wales for more than 100 years when, in the late 1990s, a small group of friends discussed making amends for that absence by putting Wales firmly back on the map of whisky distillers.

With a location already secured which provided an abundant supply of Brecon Beacons natural spring water, the foundations were laid for Welsh whisky to make a return to the international stage.

In 1998, The Welsh Whisky Company was founded. In September 2000, the first spirit in Wales for more than a century ran from the stills at Penderyn Distillery.

Wales’ First Whisky In Over 100 Years

As the first Welsh whisky to be produced in over 100 years, it was only fitting that the Penderyn Distillery launched their whisky on St David’s Day.

The launch on March 1st 2004 was a grand affair and boasted a guest of honour in the form of HRH Prince Charles. Upon tasting the whisky, His Highness said “Delicious, you don’t get many like that”.

Not only had Penderyn Distillery launched the first Welsh whisky for more than a century, but they also received a royal seal of approval.

Penderyn Distillery Tour

The Penderyn Distillery welcomes more than 40,000 visitors each year to its award-winning visitor centre.

The tour lasts for approximately one hour and gives visitors an insight into how the whisky is made and the history behind this independent distillery. There will also be an opportunity to see the unique copper still that was designed by Dr David Faraday (a relation of famous 19th century scientist, Michael Faraday).

At the end of the tour, visitors will be given the opportunity to savour some of the products in the Tasting Bar. Guests who have driven to Penderyn Distillery will be given some miniature bottles to take home with them.

Penderyn Distillery Masterclass

The Penderyn Distillery Masterclass is available on weekends and offers a deeper understanding of the making of Penderyn’s Single Malt Welsh Whisky.

The experience includes tea/coffee and Welsh cakes on arrival at 10am, with the Penderyn Masterclass itself starting at 10:30am.

During the tour, you will explore the equipment that is used to perfect the malted barley wash, before taking a closer look at the unique single copper-pot stills.

As any whisky fan will know, the final flavour and colour is heavily influenced by the type of wooden barrel used in the maturation process. All guests on the Penderyn Masterclass tour will get to see the barrels that are used for different whiskies and learn about their origin.

The “blind nosing” activity is extremely informative and fun and you will leave the Masterclass being more knowledgeable about the protocol of correct whisky tasting.

Penderyn Distillery: More Than Just Whisky

Penderyn Distillery produces a range of other alcoholic tipples in addition to whisky.

Rose Petal, Chocolate Orange and Rhubarb & Cranberry are just some of the flavours in the Brecon Gin range which, like the whisky offerings, are created with Brecon Beacons natural spring water.

FIVE vodka also relies on the local water for its unrivalled purity, while Merlyn Welsh Cream Liquer and Siddiqui Rum are also produced at the same site.

Penderyn Distillery Facts

  1. Penderyn Distillery attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year
  2. Founded in 1998, it became the first whisky distillery in Wales since 1894
  3. Natural spring water from the Brecon Beacons is used in the distillation process

How To Find Penderyn Distillery

Penderyn Distillery is approximately 45 minutes drive from Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

Upon leaving the hotel, head east towards the A40. Proceed onto the A40 and continue for around 13 miles.

When you reach the roundabout near Brecon Golf Club, take the first exit onto the A470 and continue for approximately 9 miles.

As you pass Beacons Reservoir on your right hand side, you must exit onto the A4059 and continue for around 8 miles until you reach Penderyn. The distillery will be on your left hand side.

Other Attractions Near Penderyn Distillery

The Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk offers breathtaking scenery and picturesque views. This is quite a demanding walk, but the rewards are worth the effort.

Wings of Wales is an excellent experience for anyone with even a moderate interest in birds of prey. Choose from half day, full day and family experiences, or opt for a vulture walk or ultimate eagle experience.

If you are a thrillseeker, then you may wish to check out Zip World. Located in the Rhigos mountain range, you can choose from the Phoenix Zip Line or The Tower Coaster.

Book Your Brecon Beacons Escape

Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities in the Brecon Beacons, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping, and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fresh, locally sourced lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or somewhere comfortable to stay the night, our friendly country house hotel is the perfect base for your Brecon Beacons break.

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