Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse: The Complete Guide
The Guinness Factory in Dublin (or Guinness Storehouse as it is also known) has been at the top of the list of most visited attractions in Ireland and the whole of Europe for years, also beating the Colosseum, La Sagrada Familia, and even the Eiffel Tower.
The Storehouse is a tourist destination but there are some things you should know if you decide to visit it and being Dublin residents we know a thing or two and we can help you plan your visit to the Guinness Storehouse.
The Guinness Storehouse is a museum dedicated to this drink, so don’t expect to find people there brewing, tasting and bottling: you can imagine it and see it on screens but you can’t experience it for real.
You can use the following Table of Contents to navigate through the paragraphs if you don’t want to read the whole article (but you will miss important information!).
- Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse: History
- Guinness Storehouse: Opening Hours and Prices
- Guinness Storehouse’s Tours and Tickets
- How to Get There
- What to See and Do in the Guinness Storehouse
- The Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse
- Learn How to Pour a Perfect Pint of Guinness at the Storehouse
- The food at the Guinness Storehouse
- Souvenir at the Guinness Storehouse
- Is The Guinness Storehouse Worth a Visit?
- Advice for Visiting
- Where Is the Guinness Brewery Located Today?
- Amazing Facts About Guinness Beer
- Find a Hotel in Dublin and Visit the Storehouse
Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse: History
The Storehouse is located in an imposing structure dating back to 1759 which was the first home of the real factory producing the most famous stout in Ireland and the whole world and which also housed the apartments of those who lived and worked there.
Arthur Guinness rented this space at St. James’s Gate in Dublin for 9,000 years at £45 a year.
Today the area has been transformed into a technological hub and hosts the Guinness Storehouse in the same building where the beer was brewed.
Guinness Storehouse: Opening Hours and Prices
Before moving on to a detailed description of what you’ll find inside the building, here is some useful information to help plan your trip.
The Guinness Storehouse is open every day from 9.30 am to 7 pm (last entrance at 5 pm), whereas in summer (July and August) it’s open until 8 pm with last entry at 6 pm. It’s closed on the 24th and 25th of December and on Good Friday.
Children are allowed (but not to taste the beer only a non-alcoholic drink); the food served at the Gravity Bar isn’t served with food or non-alcoholic drinks.
Entry costs around 20 euros but if you buy online on the website you can find tickets with a 10% discount with regard to the dates and times chosen: usually, these prices aren’t available at the weekend and times of high tourist demand. Children under 10 enter free.
Guinness Storehouse’s Tours and Tickets
If you really want to have a complete experience of the Guinness Storehouse, we recommend the following tickets:
Skip-the-Line Guinness Storehouse Signature Package: this ticket includes a self-guided tour of the home of Guinness and a pint in the Gravity Bar. With this ticket, you will also skip the regular line waiting to enter the Storehouse. It also includes a gift box memento of an exclusive Guinness Dublin glass and a Guinness Storehouse Postcard. Click to buy at a special price.
Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience: learn how to taste and enjoy Guinness variants like a true connoisseur at a luxurious private bar in Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse. Click to buy at a special price.
Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour: a fully guided tour, visiting two of Dublin’s top attractions on this fascinating skip-the-line half-day tour offering an Irish experience like no other. Click to buy at a special price.
With the Dublin Pass, entry to the Guinness Storehouse is included. The Dublin Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days.
How to Get There
The Storehouse isn’t in the center of Dublin but can be reached by various means of transport using St. James’s Gate as a reference. If you’re on foot, simply follow directions for Christchurch, then carry straight on asking passers-by if necessary.
By bus, you can take the 123 which goes through the center and stops right at the Storehouse or the Luas taking the red line and getting off at St. James’s Hospital but this is still quite a distance away.
Many people choose to go by taxi which from the city center costs a maximum of 13 euros and others choose the Hop On Hop Off bus which allows you to get off at every stop, including a stop at the Guinness Storehouse.
What to See and Do in the Guinness Storehouse
The building where the Storehouse is situated is made up of 7 floors built following the shape of a pint of beer, which if full would contain 14.3 million pints. On entering the atrium the shape of the pint of Guinness jumps out at you and you don’t need a guide to explain that it was conceived as a pint of Guinness for marketing and also acoustic reasons.
On each of the 7 floors, you will learn something different, ending up on the last floor where you can sample a pint with a breathtaking view included in the price.
Below is how the seven floors are split up and they provide a complete experience of Guinness, albeit it a touristy and only relatively truthful one:
- 1st floor: ingredients
- 2nd floor: production
- 3rd floor: building the barrels
- 4th floor: ways of transporting beer through the centuries
- 5th floor: famous Guinness advertising
- 6th floor: the history of Guinness
- 7th floor: tasting in the Gravity Bar
The Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse
It goes without saying: the best thing about the Guinness Storehouse is the Gravity Bar, the bar on the seventh floor where you can taste what is considered the best Guinness in the world while admiring the surrounding view (did you know that it’s said that the nearer Guinness is drunk to where it was produced the better it is?).
However, the problem with Gravity is that it’s always full and the windows are hijacked by tourists who can spend hours sprawled on the floor staring at the view.
In spring and summer, the Storehouse closes later during the week and you can enjoy the sunset from Gravity but usually, doors close at 5 pm. The beer at Gravity is magical, the crowds less so but if you keep your cool you can enjoy the experience fully.
If you want to get away from the general crowd and avoid the Gravity Bar, you can book a Connoisseur Experience and be guided through tastings at a private bar.
Learn How to Pour a Perfect Pint of Guinness at the Storehouse
In the Storehouse, there’s an area dedicated to those who want to learn how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness and take home a certificate to prove it (which obviously isn’t worth anything but it is a nice souvenir).
The only downside to this experience is that this means you don’t get your drink in the Gravity Bar because the beer that you pull to “learn” is also the beer that you drink. You can still enter the Gravity Bar but you aren’t offered a Guinness. The Guinness Academy is on the fourth floor.
The food at the Guinness Storehouse
There is a restaurant in the Storehouse and also a small place where you can buy sandwiches and a few other things.
In our opinion, it’s not worth wasting time eating here (and also spending more than in other places).
The area around the Guinness Storehouse is still today one of the most authentic and less touristy, in fact, tourists only congregate within the Guinness complex. Not far away you can find Thomas Street where you can sit in one of the many pubs and enjoy a typical meal without spending a fortune.
Souvenir at the Guinness Storehouse
Inside the Guinness Storehouse, you can find a huge souvenir shop packed with Guinness merchandise. Branded glasses, t-shirts, wacky caps, tourist trinkets, and even beer and food; prices here are higher compared to other shops in other areas of the city which is justified by the fact that you are shopping in the most touristy area of Dublin and therefore you have to be prepared to pay more.
Is The Guinness Storehouse Worth a Visit?
Yes, if you come to Dublin you can’t not visit the Guinness factory.
Once it is definitely enough, the second time is too much.
The price isn’t low, in fact, this is one of the most expensive tourist attractions in Europe but as a tourist, you simply must come here at least once.
You may decide it’s not for you and it is too expensive but in our opinion, it certainly offers a great experience.
Advice for Visiting
From Thursday onwards, the Guinness Storehouse is overrun by tourists who sometimes come just for a mini break at the weekend.
The queues are long and you risk not getting in and waiting a long time.
We recommend buying tickets in advance both because you can find cheaper prices and avoid the queues and you’ll able to calmly plan your visit.
And if you want a unique experience we also recommend you don’t buy the basic ticket but instead if you love beer and want to learn more about it you can try the Connoisseur option or a package that also lets you visit the Jameson whiskey distillery.
Where Is the Guinness Brewery Located Today?
Guinness is part of the Diageo group and the main factory is still in Dublin, next to the old one. You can’t visit the plant but it’s part of the Dublin skyline and is perfectly visible. Today Guinness is produced in 49 countries and sold in 150 and Diageo owns all the plants worldwide.
Amazing Facts About Guinness Beer
- In the beginning, Guinness was simply called Porter, then Stout Porter until it became Guinness, named after its founder, Arthur Guinness;
- Around 40% of Guinness produced is consumed in Africa;
- The Guinness that we consider “black” is in fact “dark red” and the color which settles on the bottom after pouring comes from the brewing of the malt;
- A pint of Guinness has 210 calories and it takes 119.5 seconds to pull the perfect pint… but that’s another story.
Find a Hotel in Dublin and Visit the Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is definitely one of the highlights of a trip to Dublin. Living in the city, we know how hard is to find a good hotel.
We recommend booking via Booking.com because you can have a look at the pictures and reviews and you can also cancel your reservation without paying any fee; these are some of the hotels we personally recommend to people asking for advice with a good ratio price/quality/position:
- Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House: very close to the city but not too close;
- Maldron Hotel Pearse Street: in a non-touristic place, it’s a certainty and on the corner, you’ll also find one of the best pubs in Dublin;
- Aloft: very close to the Guinness Storehouse, a contemporary and young hotel for smart and casual people;
- The Dean: a contemporary, stylish and functional hotel in the city center. It includes a restaurant on the rooftop.
Clearly there are tons of options for accommodations in Dublin also based on prices and individual needs; click HERE to find your place in Dublin via Bookings.
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