Visiting Guinness in Dublin
The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is reported to be the number one tourist attraction for international visitors to Ireland. Millions have visited the Guinness Storehouse since it opened in 2000. I first visited in 2005 or 2006. I can’t remember which. The Guinness Storehouse is home of the famous black beverage that is known worldwide. It is located near the city center of Dublin, in the St. James’s Gate Brewery. There’s no better place to start your Dublin adventure than the Guinness Storehouse. It’s the perfect introduction to the rich history of the city – a history that’s deeply intertwined with Guinness.
The Guinness storehouse is the home of the world’s largest pint glass, the atrium of the Guinness Brewery experience. To give it some perspective on how big it really is, if the glass atrium was filled, it would hold 14.3 million pints of Guinness!
The Guinness Storehouse is an impressive exhibition devoted to Ireland’s most famous drink which could very well be known as the most famous beer in the world. The Guinness Storehouse explains the history of beer. The story is told through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising, and sponsorship. Here, visitors can view the brewing process and learn the history of Guinness. There are numerous excellent displays about Guinness, and its fascinating history, and the brewing processes. And of course, no visit would be complete without a taste test in the tasting area. Did you know a ‘perfect’ pour of Guinness should take 119.5 seconds at a 45 degree angle. On the top floor is the Gravity Bar, which has a 360-degree view of Dublin, and is where you can collect your free pint of Guinness and get a birds-eye view of the nearby Jameson’s Whiskey distillery where you can get a tour also after you have got a start on getting your buzz on. It is similar to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam but even better IMHO.
Best Times To Visit Guinness
They are currently closed because of Covid but normally they are open Wednesday to Sunday from 2.00pm to 9.00pm (last entry 8.00pm). They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
St. Patricks Day
While there is probably not a bad time to visit there are a couple of times a year where the experience might be elevated to new levels. One such time is St. Patricks Day. This year’s Guinness event is canceled because of Covid but normally the seven stories of Ireland’s No. 1 visitor attraction join the rest of the nation in celebration as it comes to life with Irish music, food, and dance, and a complimentary pint of the ‘black stuff’.
International Stout Day
2020 was canceled and it is yet to be known if 2021 will happen or not but in the future being there on International Stout Day that is normally held in November can be a treat. International Stout day last held in 2019 was actually a 4-day event. Not only could you drink the normal range of Guinness products but you could also try new experimental stouts, and sample delicious food that uses stout as an ingredient – all alongside exceptional Irish bands playing live at the Storehouse.
Pre-booking the Guinness Storehouse is highly recommended Admission is 15 euros, however, the upgrade package at 24 euros is worth the upgrade in order to get an extra pint with your picture imprinted in the foam.
Tickets can be reserved here.
If your hotel provides you or if you purchase a Dublin Pass there is a ticket for free admission.
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