Hensol Castle Distillery is located in a 400-year old Castle, which sits in more than 650 acres of parkland and is set to become a flagship tourism destination.  It opened it’s doors to visitors for the first time on 4 September 2021 and Hensol Castle is part of the successful four-star Vale Resort which is an award-winning spa, golf, conference and hotel complex.  

Visitors will be able to distil a bespoke bottle of gin made to their own specific tastes in the gin school, see the distillery in action and learn about the history of gin and the Hensol Castle itself.  Tours will be given by the castle’s team of distillers including Master Distiller, Dai Wakely, who has recently joined to spearhead all new product development.

Hensol Castle Distillery is South Wales’s first full-scale gin and spirits distillery and contract bottling plant.  The distillery is part of the wider £7 million redevelopment at Hensol Castle, which has already included turning the once derelict castle into a first-class conference destination, which opened in 2015.  With the distillery just six miles outside Cardiff City Centre and only two hours from London, Hensol distillery provides an exclusive behind the scenes tour - a great new incentive for event planners to add to their MICE itinerary or team building experience.


Hensol Castle is the only Grade I-listed building in the UK to house a gin and spirit distillery, providing a unique offering which will attract local, national and international visitors.”

Distillery bottles and vats on a desk in a botanical room.

Published 23 September 2021

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