Brewery Tours

The Visitor Centre at Shepherd Neame is open for those wishing to discover more about this proudly independent family company and its wide range of award-winning beers. see our 2016 BROCHURE or DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE VERSION.

Join us for a brewery tour or evening visit or perhaps make a weekend of it and treat yourselves to a Short Break

Don't forget to visit the Shop to see our range of beers, gifts and more.

Brewery Tours also make excellent presents - see our range of Gift Certificates HERE

For group and educational visits, please contact us on 01795 542016.


Brewery Visits &
Tutored Tastings

Our award-winning team are ready to welcome you to Britain's oldest brewer. You'll discover the brewer's art and then learn how our beers and speciality lagers are tested for quality during an entertaining tutored tasting - audience participation encouraged!  
Click here for further details and to book your tour

Evening Visit & Ale
Samplers' Supper

A night out with a difference with Britain’s oldest brewer. Enjoy an insight into the brewery, a fascinating tutored tasting and a two-course home-cooked supper served in the Visitor Centre bar. Of course, there’s also time for a pint or two with your meal!
Book now for these popular evenings

Beer & Food
Matching Evening

An entertaining evening that features a six-course "Beer Dinner" and showcases 7 beers of a variety of styles.  The meal is freshly prepared with local ingredients and each course is matched by a specially-selected beer whose flavours complement the food.
For dates, menus and bookings click here

Brewery visits and tutored tastings

Take a look behind the scenes at Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest brewer. See how the our beers are crafted; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley; smell locally-grown Kentish hops; see bygone delivery vehicles and step into a recreated cooper’s workshop. Finally there’s a fascinating tutored tasting of our Kentish ales and speciality lagers. Tours run most days - advance booking is strongly recommended and you should allow 2 hours for your visit. 

Brewery Discovery Visits will run while engineering work takes place in the brewhouse between 29 March and 2 August - click here for full details.

Further details of the Brewery Tours available until 28 March and from August are shown here.

If you are making a booking for a group of more than 10 persons, we recommend an exclusive tour - please click here for details, includng special discounts and packages for larger parties.

Please note: due to the industrial nature of the brewery we are unable to allow visitors younger than 12 years of age to join the tours - this includes babes in arms. Practical clothing and footwear is required. High-heeled shoes, flimsy sandals or flip-flops are not suitable and visitors wearing such footwear will not be allowed to join the tour.  To view a full set of safety notes please click here.


Soft drinks will be provided if preferred and for visitors under the age of 18
Many of the areas visited on the tour are of an industrial nature so, in the interests of safety, children must be at least 12 years of age
The tour itself lasts for approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and includes historic buildings with steep staircases and uneven surfaces
The tour may be difficult for infirm visitors and is not suitable for wheelchairs
Practical footwear is required. High-heeled shoes, flimsy sandals or flip-flops are not suitable and visitors wearing such footwear will not be allowed to join the tour
Production or engineering considerations may restrict access to certain areas on some occasions
Brewing is a batch process so we cannot guarantee that a particular piece of equipment will be in use at the time of your visit
Production does not normally take place at weekends
Events, private hire or operational reasons mean that occasionally The Old Brewery Store/parts of the Visitor Centre/tour route may be closed.
Photo ID may be requested from visitors who are lucky enough to look under 25 to verify they are aged 18 or older prior to participation in the tutored tasting
To view a full set of safety notes please click here