There are many reasons to book a hip Dublin Hotel and visit the lively Irish Capital but many visitors wouldn’t want to leave without at least one trip to the famous Guinness Storehouse. St. James’s Gate Brewery invites visitors to explore where one of the world’s most famous beer brands originates. The locale evolved into a top Irish tourist attraction since its 2000 opening and attracts beer fans from all around the world. Here’s what to expect:
Tickets / Transportation
Online ticket purchases minimize admission headaches. Advance purchases offer substantial discounts and visitors avoid waiting in lengthy lines. Advance admission prices as of November 2012 are 14.85 euros (EUR) for adults and 13.00 EUR for seniors and students 18 years of age and older with identification. Students under 18 years of age pay 10.50 EUR and aged 6 to 12 pay 6.50 EUR. Public buses 51B, 78A, 123 and 90 provide fast service form Dublin’s city center to the storehouse. On pleasant days, many guests walk over. Door open every day at 9:30 a.m. and visitors are welcome until 5 p.m. Tours are self-guided and waits can be long so guests should wear comfortable shoes.
Guests start their storehouse journey in the atrium where a seven-story pint glass creates an impressive entryway. A 9,000 year leased signed by founder Arthur Guinness, pictures and other historic documentation is available for review on the ground floor. Arthur Guinness Business Center on the third and fourth floors holds multiple conference centers and private event spaces available for rental.
Displays highlighting Guinness’ development sit throughout the building. Graphic designers used bold fonts and eye-catching décor to keep guests entertained while exploring. Each ticket includes a complimentary pint or soft drink. Interested parties use their ticket to obtain certification at Guinness’ fourth-floor Pour Your Perfect Pint Bar or for a pint at the seventh-floor Gravity Bar.
It is important to note guests do not witness the actual brewing process. Vats and other containers are visible through various windows along with informative videos and photographs. Randomly selected visitors initiate the brewing process using a special onsite computer program connected to the brewing facility.
Casual dining at Brewers’ Dining Hall features a variety of traditional Irish dishes. Wicklow stack with mushroom, vegetables and goat cheese costs 11.95 EUR while chocolate mousse infused with Guinness starts at 2.95 EUR. Simple seating adds to the restaurant’s charm. Arthur’s Bar features traditional pub cuisine with enviable views of St. James’s Gate Brewery and the Dublin skyline.
Gilroy’s bistro offers delicious seasonal dishes including Guinness and beef casserole for 12.95 EUR or Guinness and seafood pie for 14.95 EUR. Old Guinness posters decorate the restaurant interior. The Barge Café offers lighter fare like sandwiches, salads and scones. Gravity Bar on the seventh floor provides the best city views and remains crowded throughout the day.
The ground floor Guinness Store is a final tour stop. Guinness-infused goodies, personalized bottles and genealogy charts are available for purchase. Fun t-shirts make great souvenirs for the unlucky few left back home.
Product freshness makes beer lovers absolute fans of the Guinness Storehouse tour. Samples are approximately seven hours old and they elevate taste buds to an entirely new level. Even non-beer drinkers reconsidered after experiencing fresh pints. Experience Ireland and tour the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin today. Get there early to avoid crowds.