As I'm sure the case is for most tourists in Dublin - visiting the Guinness Storehouse was on the top of our list of "things to do".
We arrived relatively early on a Friday morning, lucky to be early enough to miss the long lines that we saw there the rest of our trip. The price is 15 euro to get in, but if you have a Hop-On Hop-Off pass you save 1 euro (better than nothing)!
We took our time on the self guided tour reading most of the information and history provided, while a lot of other visitors just flew by everything not taking the time to read. I recommend reading a lot of what is there. It really is pretty interesting stuff... and I mean, you might as well get your money worth! Even taking the time to stop and actually look at what they have done to the inside of the old building is incredible. It really is beautiful (and if you stop and read, you'll learn some things about it you probably wouldn't know otherwise!)
Your tour ends at the very top of the building in the Gravity Bar which offers a 360 degree view of the city. A great place to be on a bright sunny day like it was for us. The views of Dublin are great, and of course, so if the free Pint of Guinness!
A must for any Dublin Tourist!
Yes, there are many world-class tourist attractions in Dublin such as the Book of Kells and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Being pressed for time, I could only realistically choose one. My choice? The Guinness Storehouse. After I arrived, I learned that it is Ireland's number one international tourist destination.
Inside, there is a self-guided tour during which I learned all about the history of Guinness and the brewing process. The biggest effect of all of this information is that it was making me thirsty. No worries -- included with the tour is a card which entitles you to a pint of Guinness in the GRAVITY Bar on the seventh floor. The bar itself is large and spacious -- and offers great views of the city.
This year Guinness will celebrate 250 years since the signing of the 9000 year lease on St Jame's gate Brewery by Authur Guinness. Dublin is the hub of celebration on September 24th. Artists like David Gray, Soul II Soul and the Sugarbabes to name but a few will perform in over 40 venues across the city and also in St James's gate. For all information go to www. ticketmaster.ie for bookings on events or www.guinness.com. The party will kick off on the 24th at 17.59. 17.59 is not the time but the year Authur signed the lease, 250 years ago. The Guinness Brewery which you can't miss is located in Dublin 8. From the moment you start walking or indeed any form of transport you can smell the hobs and wheat. Q's outside are long be prepared. but worth it. Once inside you will pay for your ticket and start the long and enjoyable process around this world renowned Brewery, stopping along the way for a taste of the black stuff. It is not a guided tour, you walk around at your own pace. the storehouse was originally built in 1904. The building is modelled on a giant pint glass, stretching from reception on the ground floor to the Gravity bar at the top of the building which is made of glass and you get a fantastic 360o view all over Dublin and a free pint of guinness as part of your guide.
The ground floor hosts the retail store when you buy all sorts of stuff from mugs, to pens. This will also be the beginning of the tour where you will see an massive exhibit that tells you about the ingredients for Guinness. Namely water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a perfect pint of Guinness. On the second floor you will see the step by step guide of the process and see the different types of transport used by Guinness. On the second floor you will find the history of Guinness. The advertising they used long ago as well as the most up to date Television ads. The third floor you can test yourself to find out if you drink too much... many pass it by... on the forth floor you will find the story of the building from its construction in 1904 to present day. You can also leave a message on the message board. On the fifth floor which is my favourite you can learn how to pour a pint of Guinness and receive a certificate. You will also find another bar here which is informal and enjoy traditional Irish cruisine like Irish Stew made with Guinness. The seventh floor houses the famous Gravity Bar, your complimentary pint of Guinness and the beautiful view all over 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