Guinness Brewery, Dublin
Truthfully, the Guinness Brewery tour can be a tourist trap overrun by annoying visitors cramming through mediocre displays just so they can say they did it. And yes, I did it because in part I wanted to say I did it. I felt the several floors of displays lacked true substance to provide only a broad overview, but I did enjoy certain aspects. The self-led tour goes over several floors through displays of the ingredients, equipment, and process of brewing, as well as the long history of Guinness. There is an area where you may learn to pull your own pint; a display of the advertising through the years; and history of the building. I liked the waterfall and sifting my hands through the hops.
The real thing that saved the experience for me -- and why a lot others visit -- is the Gravity Bar experience. The Gravity Bar is the top floor of the brewery that offers a 360° view of Dublin, one of the best views in town. This is also the main place where visitors will get their pint, which is included in the admission price. Yes, it gets packed up here, but if you are able to steal a seat along the full-length windows, it is a great experience to enjoy your Vitamin G. I loved seeing the surroundings of Dublin from this vantange and sipping my pint.
Cost: €15 (€13.50 if reserved online)
GUINNESS STOREHOUSE 250 SUMMER FESTIVAL 1759 – 2009
This summer, for the months of June, July and August, GUINNESS STOREHOUSE, Ireland’s number 1 visitor attraction will host a season of music, lectures, tours and demonstrations to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the GUINNESS Company. With over 90 events planned, the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE 250 SUMMER FESTIVAL will kick off on the 1st June 2009 and run until the 30th August 2009. Festival events will take place daily and will feature a strong GUINNESS and Irish theme.
CELEBRATING GUINNESS 250 AT THE HOME OF GUINNESS
1 JUNE 2009 – 30 AUGUST 2009
Mondays 11am GUINNESS & FOOD DEMO with Head Chef Justin O’Connor
Tuesdays 11am ‘TOP 10 GOLDEN MOMENTS OF GUINNESS HISTORY’ with GUINNESS Company Archivist
Wednesdays 11am GUINNESS Variant Tasting & Perfect Pint tuition
Thursdays 11am 80 Years of GUINNESS Advertising – Special Guided tour
Fridays 11am GUINNESS 250 – Special Guided Tour
Saturdays 1pm Céilí Mór (traditional Irish social dance)
Sundays 1pm Traditional Irish Music Session
You can't think of Ireland without thinking of Guinness - the "black stuff" has become as much a symbol of the country as the shamrock and the leprechaun! The Guinness Storehouse, located at the heart of the old St. James Gate brewery, first opened its doors to visitors in 2000, and it quicky became one of the city's top attractions. Visitors are invited to go on a self-guided tour of the storehouse's seven floors - pretty much everything you've always wanted to know about Guinness is covered in the numerous displays: from the ingredients used to the beer's unique brewing process, and from the various ad campaigns used over the years to the history of the Guinness family.
It wasn't exactly the most interesting tour I've ever been on - I usually prefer guided tours to reading information posted on the walls - but I did learn some rather interesting facts, such as how the idea first came up to publish the Guinness Book of Records, and the fact that doctors used to prescribe Guinness to nursing women to help them fight postpartum depression :o) The tour is nicely broken up by a visit to the tasting laboratory, and it ends with a perfectly poured complimentary pint on the 7th floor's Gravity Bar, where you can also enjoy a spectacular 360° view of the city - that in itself was worth the price of admission!
The Guinness Storehouse is open daily and tours last about 2 h (depending on how fast you drink your pint!). There's a small cafe where you can get refreshments as well as a restaurant. Tickets: 15 Euros, or 13.50 Euros if you book online.
Obviously, this is a must see in Dublin, and may be one of the main reasons you are in the city. It is located in a very impressive building complex, although make sure you know exactly where the entrance is, to avoid circling the complex like we did. It is a self guided tour through what is basically a brewery museum, with a rewarding stop at the top for a Guinness and view of the city. Plan to spend some time here, as the lines can get extremely long.
Before i visited Dublin i obviously read VT's tips. Some people enjoyed the guiness brewery, others did not. I thought it was great - that may have alot to do with the amount of guiness consumed on the day!!
However, the BEST part of the trip for me, is the 360 degree bar at the top of the brewery. The views are simply fantastic. We arrived in the bar with vouchers in hand at around 4pm(you get a free pint each - if you like drinking halfs, ask for a half and then you can go back later for the other half). Luckily for us our vouchers weren't taken so we ended up with an extra free pint each.We didn't leave until closing time which i think was around 6pm.
We managed to find seats by the window - and once we did we didn't dare move for fear of losing them.
The sun was going down while we were there and the lighting was superb. It was a clear day so you can see for miles. If it had been foggy (as it had been the day before) the experience would not have been as successful.
The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, and according to the Guiness Storehouse Web site, "Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction." Since opening in November 2000, Guinness Storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors. The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a pint of Guinness. On the ground floor the massive exhibit introduces you to the four ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a pint of Guinness. The seventh floor is dedicated to the Gravity Bar, my favourite site of the store where all visitors enjoyed of free pint of Guinness and the views of Dublin.
Our trip to the Guinness Storehouse was limited to what we could see, and smell, from the rooftop of the Hop On Hop Off bus. At this early morning stop the bus nearly emptied, however we stayed on due to our limited time in Dublin.
Must be one of the most popular spots in Dublin.
Guinness Storehouse has been transformed into a large museum that brings tourist closer to Irish history and traditions (because let's face it alcohol is one of them!). But not only, the Guinness family played a large part in country's history and development, and the journey accross this site is a great insight to the Irish culture.
The Storehouse is located in St. Jame's Gate Brewery, in a building that used to be a Fermentation plant (closed in 1988) and consists of 7 storeys, the building itself is designed in the shape of a giant pint.
This is a great site and a wonderfull tourist attraction - a real journey accross the land of Guinness I would say. You start on the bottom and move up experiencing different aspects of beer making on the way. It is a real journey for us tourists - we start from learning about the different aspect of beer making and at the top, we end our trip by consuming (the essential thing!).
You but tickets on the ground level (after standing in a fairly huge que I am afraid), after purchasing ticketts you get a great info pamphlet which is more like a map of the area (available in different languages). Then you leave the atrium to start your experience - go straight to level one, don't go into the retail store yet, you can do it on your way back!
On level One there is - Brewing, cooperage and trasport
Level Two takes you to a wonderfull world of Guinness advertising, which is a vivid and colorfull world of the famous Guinness Toucan.
Then on Level Three is what they called "the choice zone" where you can educate yourself on the effects that alcohol has on you. And learn why Guinness is good for you...
Level Four tells you a story about building the Guinness empire with a great insight on architecture and contruction of barrells (for example). Then you can walk to a map and see where THE beer is produced and available in the World.
You thought you know everything about advertisement by now? Well Level Five will prove you wrong, this is the World of Gilroy Advertising, the most famous guinness ads ever. You can explore this fascinating world, watch the funniest ads ever and then, after the tasting laboratory you can... pour your own pint of Guinness. A quick guide to how to pour a perfect pint, you get a certificate and you can drink your pint.
If you decide not to pour a pint by yourself you can go to Gravity bar (on level 7), where you get your complimentary pint and where you can ejoy a panoramic view of Dublin city.
Remember that you have only one ticket - you use it either on level 5 or 7!
Guinness Storehouse is a great place to visit by every tourist, bare in mind however that you will need a lot of time for the whole thing (I spent there 5 hours), since there is really a lot to see.
I wouldn't recommend doing it with the hop on hop off tour, because you might not have enough time for the rest of the attractions, you can locate the building and come by the next day, it is really easy to find and I got there on foot!
We went there on Saturday afternoon and there were no lines. The museum was quite interesting, especially the old ads. The gravity bar was so full of people that we couldn´t really see outside at all so we took our pints and went a few floors down to sit and drink. I´m not normally a beer drinker so I had a little trouble to finish to whole pint :D
You can't miss the Guinness Storehouse, it's as Irish as the shamrock. In the heart of the brewery is the Guinness Experience which opened in December 2000. It's a restored 1904 building where tours take you through the history of Guinness Beer making. It begins in the year 1759 when Arthur Guinness started brewing his famous "porter" which produces 10 million glasses each day and is famous around the world.
AND they give out a complimentary pint with each tour.
See the Website below for tour times and entrance fees.
Booked this trip through Expedia when I booked my flights/hotel package and I am glad we did. The queue was around the block with people waiting to purchase tickets to go inside. Thankfully as we had a pre-booked ticket we were able to jump the queue and get straight on with the tour.
For the tour it is best to allow for 2 hours as it comprises of 250 years of Guinness history—from the initial conception of its creator Arthur Guinness, to brewing, and finally to selling the product around the world. Learn what goes into making this famous pint.
After the tour is over, head to the Gravity Bar to claim your complimentary pint of the black stuff (or if you're like me, a pint of coke) and contemplate a stunning 360-degree panorama over the roofs of Dublin.
Everything you wanted to know about Guinness and more.. the history, the ingredients, how it is made, the advertising... and the most delicious pint of Guinness once you reach the 7th floor of the exhibition.
I'm not a Guiness drinker - and Guinness doesnì't travel well... the only pint I enjoy it's at the brewery. Even in the pub across the road, the taste is different. Seriously.
The brewery is open 7 days a week from 9.30 AM to 5 PM, except in July and august, when it's open until 7 PM. You can buy your tickets online, skip the queues and save some money. Online it's € 13.50, at the ticket office € 15.00. Tickets are valid for one year.
This is one of those things you just do when you come to Dublin. I read many reviews talking about what a disappointment it was, but I have to disagree. I am no huge fan of 'the black stuff' but of course I have heard of it and wanted to make my family back home jealous that I had been to the home of Guiness. I was pleasantly surprised at the museum. The price was a little more than I would like to have paid- 11 Euro for a student over 18 and 15 for an adult (if you book online its 13.5 Euro for the adult ticket), but I enjoyed myself. It is a self guided tour of a display they have set up to show the process of making it. Its a high tech and somewhat interactive showing of the ingredience, process and marketing of this famous beer. The prescribed route is clearly labeled with large arrows so you get a nice sequence from begining to end. From harvesting of the ingredients, to preparation, to implementation and then to tasting in the tasting lab (where you actually get a taste like the professionals do), the whole process is laid out foryou in a clear and conise way. Of course most people's favorite part is the free pint of guiness you receive at the end of the tour, not only for the drink, but for the amazing views over Dublin you will get in the Gravity bar. The whole tour is on multiple levels of a pint-shaped building but when you reach the 7th floor where the Gravity bar is and where the free pints (or soft drinks if you prefer) are handed out, you can sit and relax with a 360 degree view over Dublin. On the 5th floor there is a restaurant with Guiness inspired food, including the Guiness and Beef stew, which I had and was quite tasty. I would say the Guiness store house is a must d, for the history, the fun and the free pint! Bottoms Up!
This was a real cool experience. I spent a few hours here and had a lot of fun! You get to learn about the history of Guinness and see how it developed and also a fantastic view from the top floor overlooking the entire city of Dublin with a pint of Guinness in hand!
When in Dublin, drink Guiness Beer lad! Thats what they say, and right from the get-go its a fun little experience. Its a self guided tour, but has a electronic tour guide actually, and it works quite nicely i would say, since you can skip the boring parts, and listen to the full length process for what catches your eye.
In all forms this museum is world class, from visual appeal, entertainment and education. I particularly enjoyed listening to the passion in the owners voice in the recordings, about the ever-so important ingedients in guiness beer; Malted barely, hops, yeast and water, all of which are beautifullly displayed in its natural state as mother nature intended. awwwww And along steps of the way, you receive guinness beer in its production form, where you can ave the chance to pinpoint the malt in the overall taste.
I also loved the section showing how they constructed the old-fashion wodden barrels at St. James Gate in its humble beginnings to ship across the world.
Finally after the education, you are award in top floor, 360 degrees panorama view Bar (see photo) a full glass of perfectly poured guiness, in two phases poured to give the maximum amount of the goodness. It definately tastes better in the factory!