The Guinness Storehouse located Dublin is the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland. It was recently named Europe’s best tourist attraction beating off competition from the Colosseum in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Arthur Guinness signed a lease for the premises in 1759, a lease that was contracted for 9,000 years.
The St. James’s Gate Brewery that is home to the storehouse spans 26 hectares and boasts 7 floors that members of the public can explore.
After living in Dublin for 10 years I finally decided to take the plunge and visit the highly popular attraction and embrace the Guinness experience.
Before entering the brewery you can see multiple examples of the trademark black gates with the gold Guinness harp with lettering in the centre, these gates feature in many photographs from visitors across the globe. Inside, there is a replica gate that is built specifically for taking photos and this gate has white letters instead of gold as seen below.
After purchasing your tickets you will be invited to take the escalator to the first floor where your journey will begin. The first stop is the gift shop that is located on your left as you reach the top of the escalator. An introduction to the storehouse is given by one of the greeting staff members giving a brief history of the storehouse before you commence on your own walk around of the brewery.
If you look up as you walk into the first tour room you can see a full replica of a brewing barrel as seen below.
As you walk through the room information is written on the walls and pits of the different ingredients used in Guinness are dotted around for you to read about. A waterfall illuminated by blue lights is on display to show the large quantities of water that the brewery consumes on a daily basis.
The Master Brewer; Fergal Murray appears in several videos around the brewery discussing the history of Guinness and how the ingredients are blended to create the perfect final product.
After walking around we are then invited to the tasting rooms where everyone receives a baby sized pint glass. There are several pods within the room that produce different scented vapours representing the different brews produced at the storehouse.
In the next room a tour guide shows you the best technique to use when tasting your miniature pint of Guinness.
On the next floor there are some very interesting examples of Guinness’ advertising over the years. Many of the advertisements show the widely known Guinness Toucan.
The next part of the tour is the ‘pour your own pint’ experience and the gravity bar upstairs. I will discuss this in part 2 of my Guinness Storehouse experience coming soon.
How to get there:
Luas (Tram) Red line to St James' and then walk for 5 minutes using the map below
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