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Guinness, and the Guinness Storehouse

A trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the home of one of the most famous drink brands in the world – Guinness.

It’s pretty clear to me that the best place to find out everything you’ll need to know about visiting the brewery and storehouse is on the official website, so I’ll keep this post short and to the point.

However, I would like to share with you some of the information I have learned, and give you a few tips on what you’ll be able to enjoy there based on my own experience.

(photo credit: Neil Ayre)

Guinness

Located at St. James’ Gate in Dublin, The Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, is just a short walk from Dublin’s city centre and is a must-see for any tourist coming to Ireland.  It’s very easy to get there as it’s so central to the city.  Walking, driving or taking the tram system (Luas) are probably the best way you’ll find yourself on Arthur’s doorstep.

On your visit there you’ll be able to learn about the history of Guinness, the story of its founder Arthur Guinness and you’ll be able to enjoy a pint or 2 of the delicious drink that has famously been brewed at this location since 1759!

 

Here’s a sample of some of the many things you’ll be able to enjoy on your visit to the Guinness site:

  • Learn the story of Arthur Guinness, the man who started it all.  Born in 1725 in Celbridge, County Kildare Arthur, at the age of 34, signed a 9000 (yes! nine thousand) year lease in 1759 to brew his recipe at St. James’ Gate.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to pull your own pint which you can then enjoy.
  • Enjoy a drink and a Guinness Stew in Arthur’s bar on the 5th floor.
  • Browse the merchandise and souvenirs in the retail store.  If you’re looking for a gift that is distinctively Irish, then you’ve come to the right place 🙂
  • Take in the amazing 360 degree view of Dublin city from the Gravity bar.
  • Learn from the master brewer about the ingredients and brewing process.
  • Discover how highly skilled Coopers made the wooden barrels which transported Guinness all over the world.
  • …and much more.

I highly recommend a visit to the Guinness Storehouse website, which will give you all the information you need regarding how to get here, opening times, admission prices etc.

One of my favorite pages on that site is the Memoirs of Guinness page where they provide video links to clips made for the 250th anniversary of Guinness.  Local people describe their memories of life at Guinness, from working there to having it be such a large part of their community.  It is well worth checking out the clips.

You could easily spend many hours enjoying all that the Storehouse has to offer, but if you’re staying in the area or have time before or after your visit, then here is a list of some of the other nearby attractions:

  • Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • The Phoenix Park (home to quite a few points of interest e.g. Dublin Zoo, Aras an Uachtarain (The resident of the Irish President)
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • National War Memorial Park
Enjoy your trip.