Guinness Storehouse Dublin
What could be more quintessentially Dublin than visiting the home of Guinness, the dark, malty beer that is exported from Dublin's fair city to virtually everywhere in the World.
You can buy online tickets to Guinness Storehouse at this link.
The Guinness Storehouse on the grounds of the actual, working Guinness brewery takes you on an interactive trip through the brewing process. Feel the heat, smell the grains and hear the din of the machinery. When you're finished, head for the Gravity Bar on the top floor which boasts the highest bar in Dublin and the best 360 degree views of the city.
As a tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse ranks among the Top 3 in Dublin, together with the Zoo and Trinity College. And it is easy to see why, once you set a foot in the door. The massive red brick building from 1904 has been completely gutted revealing its futuristic steel beam structure. If you look closely, the way the beams have been exposed resembles a giant pint glass with the Gravity Bar as its head!
A Brief History Of Guinness
The sprawling St. James Gate brewery is like a city within the city of Dublin. A forward looking businessman, founder Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000 year lease of the premises in 1759 for a rent of £45 a year. Guinness stout with its characteristic black body, creamy head and malty flavour was first brewed by Arthur Guinness in the 1770s and quickly became the brewery's top product. Wisely, Arthur switched all production to stout in 1799.
Today, Guinness stout is sold in some 150 countries throughout the World and the company estimates that some 10 million glasses of 'the dark stuff' are consumed every day around the globe.
Built in 1904 following the example of the Chicago school of architecture, the Storehouse was where grains, water, malted barley, hops and yeast were left to ferment to make Guinness until as recently as 1988. Now the place combines sleek high tech looks with early industrial architecture for a very cool effect.
Bars And Food At The Storehouse
This being a working brewery, you have a choice of three bars: The Brewery Bar, the Source Bar and the Gravity Bar. Make sure you visit the Gravity Bar for the view over Dublin and the complimentary pint of Guinness, which is included in your ticket price. If you are feeling hungry, head for the Brewery Bar on the fifth floor, which serves food throughout the day. If you want to get away from the crowds for a quiet pint of Guinness, try the Source Bar, also located on the fifth floor.
The Guinness Flagship Store
On the ground floor of the Guinness Storehouse you will find the single largest display of Guinness branded goodies in all of Ireland, possibly even the World. From lovingly made replicas of 20th century advertising signs and Guinness glasses to t-shirts, fleeces and other apparel with the characteristic Guinness logo you can buy a host of uniquely Irish presents at the Guinness flagship store.
Opening Times And Prices
The Guinness Storehouse is open seven days a week from 9:30 to 17:00. During July and August, the Storehouse stays open until 19:00.
Adult tickets include a complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar and cost €15.00 per person. Book online and you get a 10% discount, which brings the price down to €13.50 per adult. Admission for children costs €5.00 and there are further discounts for families, students and senior citizens.
How To Get To The Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is located in Market Street, just off James's Street. You can take the Red Luas from the city centre in the direction of Tallaght and get off in James's Street. It's a five minute walk from the Luas stop to the Storehouse.
Bus routes 123 from O’Connell Street and Dame Street or 78a and 51b from Aston Quay all stop close to the Storehouse. Ask the bus driver when you get on to give you a shout when the stop for the Guinness Storehouse comes up!
If you are travelling by car, there is complimentary parking for Storehouse visitors on Crane Street.
If you are good on foot, the weather is fair and you are feeling adventurous, you can walk from the city centre to the Guinness Storehouse in half an hour. The surroundings of the Storehouse include some of the oldest and least changed parts of Dublin, so it is quite an interesting walk.