I have been on many brewery tours before so i was not really interested in visiting this particular one, anyway i am not so keen on Guinness, but if you are interested in a tour please refer to the website below.
I guess many people did not know about this spectacular lease that Arthur Guinness signed on 31st December 1759. He started brewing ale at St. James's Gate Brewery and managed to obtain a lease for 9,000 years at 45 pounds per year. I wonder what the value of the real estate is now, nearly 270 years later. Ten years later he started exporting to Britain with an initial shipment of 6 1/2 barrels. Between 1868 and 1876 the number of barrels sold increased from 350,000 to 779,000. Ten years later Guinness became a public company averaging over 1.1 million barrels a year. They issued shares that increased by 60% on the first day. Nowadays 3,000,000 pints are brewed each day.
Some interesting facts
A pint of Guinness has only 198 calories, less than a pint of orange juice
1 in every two pints of beer sold in Ireland is Guinness.
10,000,000 gasses of Guinness are sold everyday in 150 countries
The Irish Harp symbol was used by Guinness before being adopted by the Irish Government
The Guinness Factory was really interesting, it is a self tour so you can take it at your own pace. They have lots and lots of signs, boards, things you can read and it makes your tour really long. So if you are planning on taking this tour and others in the same day, then just make sure you are paying attention to the time. They have about 7 or 8 floors and the top floor is a bar. At the end of the tour you can receive one glass of Guinness either at the bar or the pouring level where they will teach you how to pour a glass. The entire tour is really interesting and you will learn alot. I like how they have dimenstrations on how certain tools worked. They do have a really large giftshop and the worlds largest pint glass which can hold 14.3 millions pints of Guinness. WOW. They do have elevators and to addmission is about 14.85 euros per adult and 13 euros per child.
I really loved the Guinness Brewery. The museum tour was a perfect blend of old and new, with its classic industrial brewery feel with modern interactive information about the process. I was never bored during the several hours we spent there. There was always something interesting to view or interact with.
A huge plus was that you got 2 free pints with the entry ticket. I never knew I liked Guinness, until I stepped foot in this Brewery, I swear to you. It changed my mind and I order Guinness on occasion nowadays!
The Gravity Bar was awesome and had great views of the whole city of Dublin. It was a bit crowded, but still a fun atmosphere. They let you try to get "the perfect pour" for your own pint, and I'm pretty sure I was a natural.
Lots of great merchandise which I found worked perfectly as souvenirs for family and friends.
This was a huge highlight to my trip to Dublin!
I recently visited Dublin and I had such a great time there, the Guiness Brewery is very interesting and fun but if you want the perfect Dublin experience do not miss a night out at the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship! I really can recommend it to everybody as it is an unusual but magnificent setting for a night out in Dublin, especially if you are interested in live irish music. The ship is located at the River Liffey in the City Centre, during the day operates as the Famine Museum with guided tours, and at weekends it hosts live music sessions. Each time a different band plays, the music and the atmosphere is great and the staff is fantastic. As far as I know the next session will be held at the 26th December, and the band Garland will perform Sea Shanties. The entrance fee is very cheap, I think around 10 euros. For further info visit the official website of the ship http://www.jeaniejohnston.ie/events-page.html
I wish you the same fantastic time in Dublin I just had there:)
Come and explore Ireland's number 1 visitor attraction,providing a warm welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guiness brand and company.This historical building is central to Dublin's and Ireland's heritage,and has been continually updated to create a blend of fascinating industrial tradition with a contemporary edge.The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of Guiness,telling the story from its origins here at St.James's Gate to its growth as a global brand,known all around the world.At the end of the tour there is a large souvenier and memorabilia store to buy gifts.
Prices for tour-Adults:14.40 Euros,Children(under 12):4.80,Student over 18:10.60,Seniors:10.50.
Opening times-9.30am till 5pm,seven days a week
We are a key Guiness distribution company in Africa to be precise Ghana and will like to organise a company tour to Ireland. Any interested travel agency will be welcome to asist in planning our trip from the beginning to the end.
Our travel agents in Ghana is Homeland travel and tours their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope any interested agency in collaboration with our local travel agent in organising this trip will be appreciated
GUINNESS STOREHOUSE ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL
Thursday MARCH 17 2011
On March 17th, Guinness Storehouse will host a colourful festival to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There’ll be live music, dancers, entertainers, Guinness tastings, complimentary local seafood and much more to get you in the festive mood. It’s a great excuse to be Irish for the day! All the festivities start around 2pm after the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin’s city centre.
All events and activities on St Patrick’s Day are included in the standard admission price to Guinness Storehouse.
Those who purchase a ticket online can also avail of a 10% discount off adult tickets.
St. Patrick’s Day: 9.30 am - 7pm (last admission 7pm)
Bars, Retail Store, Restaurants, Coffee Shop, Complimentary car park, Wheelchair access.
The brewery was just round the corner from where we stayed, so first thing in the morning, we set off to the brewery. It is located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to the black stuff since 1759. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s Number One Visitor Attraction and you simply cannot leave Dublin without having paid a visit and tasting the black stuff.
The massive seven-storey building, a former Guinness fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. During your tour of the brewery, they will teach you everything you ever wanted to know (or maybe not) about this world famous beer.
The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity BarHere visitors receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® and can relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.
My high-light was pushing the button to start the next brewery process and I even got the number of that lot.
This is probably the number one sight in Dublin or even Ireland. Is it just the name “Guinness” that attracts so many people here, the good marketing of a global brand? Or is it because of all the stuff you can do inside? A visit to the Guinness storehouse is not an ordinary brewery visit. It begins with the price: 15 EUR per adult (2010), discounts for children, students and online bookers are available. But at least, it’s worth the money.
With exception of a very short session in the beginning, the only guided tours in the museum are on special request. For the rest, you can hire an audioguide or just walk from the ground level up to the 7th floor (elevator is also available…) and read the information available in the exhibition. The storehouse does not only show how Guinness is made, but has a lot of items related to the company’s history as well as around Guinness culture. There are possibilities to taste the good black stuff: 1st, you will get half a pint during the mentioned introductory presentation. Your ticket includes a further free pint of Guinness. For that, there are two possibilities: Make your Guinness diploma by tapping your “perfect Guinness” under instruction (no Shamrock, that’s for professionals…). Or go up to the uppermost floor to drink your Guinness while you enjoy the view over Dublin. The storehouse is Dublin’s second highest building so that your view is excellent on a fine day! You can order more beers or try both bars of course, but you have to pay for that. A small restaurant is also available.
Look out for special events like exhibitions and concerts on their website. There are only a few parts of the storehouse itself which are part of the actual Guinness production. However, you’ll get an overview over the whole St. James’ Gate brewery during your visit. And to answer the most important question beforehand: Guinness is NOT brewed with water from the Liffey.
P.S.: If you find someone else’s entry ticket on the floor and later meet an American girl at the Gravity Bar who doesn’t like Guinness, then you can have a lot of fun…
CALLING ALL PATRICKS, PADDYS, PATS, PATRICIAS….
GUINNESS STOREHOUSE INVITES ALL PATRICKS IN FOR FREE TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY
GUINNESS STOREHOUSE will once again present an exciting one day festival on St. Patrick’s Day. As well as a host of live music entertainment, food and a unique GUINNESS experience to enjoy, Ireland’s No. 1 visitor attraction is inviting all Patrick’s in free of charge. Patrick’s must present official photo ID at the point of purchase to gain free admission.
Highlights of the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE St. Patrick’s Day Festival will include live rock from U2 tribute band, Rattle and Hum, a traditional Irish Céilí, live DJ’s, street performers, dancers, caricaturist, face painters, plus complimentary GUINNESS and food tasting. All under one roof!
The ultimate St. Patrick’s Day experience at GUINNESS STOREHOUSE is free of charge to all Patrick’s and for everyone else, standard admission rates apply. Adult tickets cost €15 and those who purchase a ticket online at www.guinness-storehouse.com can also avail of a 10% discount off adult tickets.
For full terms and conditions and details of St. Patrick’s Day at GUINNESS STOREHOUSE Festival log onto www.guinness-storehouse.com
This is an interesting self-guided tour with a tasting room. Then on the final seventh floor, in The Gravity Bar, you get a spectacular 360 degree view of Dublin and a free pint. There's a good restaurant on the sixth floor as well.
"A guinness a day keeps the doctor away, and is ideal for expectant mothers!"
To learn more about the above, why not visit the place where it all comes together? A fine place it is - huge in fact, and visible from many parts of the city.
Established in 1759, they are celebrating 250 years this year, towards the end of September.
The fermentation plant is a 7 storey visitor centre designed in the shape of a giant pint. You can discover how the drink is made, see how the labels have evolved, the diversified holdings of the family (eg trains and ships for transportation!), taste roasted barley, see/learn how to pull a pint, and enjoy superb 360 degree views across Dublin in the Gravity Bar.
3 million pints are produced daily!
Hours: 0930-1700, last admission 1700 (July-Aug last adm. 1900)
Closed: Xmas eve, Xmas day, Boxing (St Stephan's) day, Good Friday.