Shepherd Neame


  • Tours Tours
  • Shop Shop
  • Clubs Clubs
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Public Transport within 5 miles Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Harvest Days Harvest Days
  • Eco Initiatives Eco Initiatives

Tour details


Tours run most days of the week – check website for details, availability and to make a booking, or contact the Visitor Centre. Advance booking essential; min age: 12.


Groups of between 16 and 60 can book a tour and round off the visit with lunch or afternoon tea. See web for options and prices.

Joint visit tickets are also available to a variety of other Kent attractions, including the marvellous award-winning Brogdale Farm, home of the National Fruit Collection, a walking tour of Faversham or Farming World with its rare breeds and Bee World. See web.

Visitor Centre & Shop

Well stocked with the family of Shepherd Neame beers, gifts and other local goods.

Wheelchair access

Visitor Centre & Shop. A virtual brewery tour is available, but booking is still needed

Public transport

Train: Faversham, less than a mile
Bus: 3X from Canterbury

Course details

Shepherd Neame hosts educational visits, which can provide valuable information for those studying biology – particularly micro-biology or fermentation – business studies, tourism, marketing, history and geography.

Opening times

Visitor Centre & Shop

All year

Mon-Sat:  10.30am-4.30pm


Sun: 10.30am-1pm


Christmas, New Year & some Bank Holidays, check website


Adults: £10
Senior: £9.50
Students, 12-17: £8

Get in Touch

Tel: 01795 542016

Facebook: Shepherd Neame
Twitter: @ShepherdNeame

Shepherd Neame
Court Street
ME13 7AX
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A visit to Shepherd Neame takes you "through the heart of the working brewery… from hop to handpump". No brewery knows more about what each ingredient adds to the mix – but then they have been at it since 1698.

Britain's oldest brewery in continuous production begins its tours in the medieval Visitor Centre  before heading out into the cobbled brewers' yard and the brewhouse itself. Historical anecdotes are deftly woven into your tour - James II was once "detained" at the brewery, for example – and brewing nuggets emerge with equal rapidity. Water comes from the brewery's own 100-foot well and by the time the beer leaves the site, it has undergone 67 tests.

New for 2010 is The Vaults, with its historic delivery vehicle collection – spitfire cockpit in one end and Reliant van in the other. The walls are adorned with old pub signs – nearby Thanet apparently has the honour of being the UK's signwriting capital.

Your visit finishes with fun tutored tasting back in the Visitor Centre.

What else?

As well as the oak beamed 15th century function room, this is the only brewery licensed to marry couples amid the mash tuns.


  • 1698 – Gold, 2010 British Bottlers' Institute Gala Awards
  • Spitfire – Grand Gold Award, 2009 Monde Selection 
  • Shepherd NeameThe Publican Regional Brewer of the Year 2008
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011 – Enjoy England Awards for Excellence

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Reducing fuel consumption – throughout production, including new techniques – a steam injection – to heat the copper while the hops are being infused. Also in vehicles – free bicycles are given to all staff living within 3 miles of the brewery
  • Local sourcing – a strong local sourcing policy applies to all ingredients
  • ISO 14001 – Shepherd Neame was the first UK brewery to gain this international environmental benchmark

Annual events

  • Faversham Hop Festival & Spitfire steam train from London – September
  • Seasonal beer & food evenings – monthly
  • Faversham Classic Car & Motorcycle Show – May
  • Ghost tours – Hallowe'en


Shephers Neame supports Help for Heroes, RAF Benevolent Fund, Tesco Charity of the Year (2010: Clic Sargent), plus numerous local charities including the Kent Messenger Group Big Charity Quiz Nights

Trade bodies

BBPA, Visit Kent, Tourism South East, Faversham Area Tourism Association
has gained Visit England's Visitor Attraction rosette

Visited Spring 2010