Although I’m not a beer drinker, I knew a trip to The Guinness Storehouse was absolutely necessary. Dublin is the home of Guinness – Ireland’s most notorious beer. While I might not be crazy about the product, I was excited to go through the whole brewery experience. (It’s one of the most popular activities in Dublin!)
The Guinness Storehouse let’s you go on a self-guided tour throughout it’s multiple levels. The ascent to the start of our journey led us to the gift shop. The souvenirs were surprisingly affordable, and they had every kind of trinket imaginable! (It was realllllly hard not to spend all my money there.)
We then got a mini intro to how the Storehouse came to be, featuring the 1000 year lease! It’s a nice, brief spiel, so it’s worth the few minutes to listen to it.
The next floor took us through the process of how Guinness is created. There’s a lot of information, but thankfully it was self-guided so I could go at my own pace and skip parts I didn’t want to see.
As we progressed upwards we learned about the Guinness marketing throughout the years, which had fun interactive exhibits that kept the tour interesting. We also passed a food court type of area that offered lots of snacks and traditional Irish meals.
We then found a tasting room/tour that gives you an inside look at being a Guinness taste tester, aka a dream job for many. We went into special sensory rooms best suited for tastings, got to smell the different flavor notes, and even got a small sample of Guinness to conclude. The tour was 10-15 minutes.
We finally got up to the top of the building, where you get a full 360° view of Dublin. Here you can also have a complimentary glass of Guinness, included in your price of admission! Seats are limited here, so keep in mind you may have to stand for a while if you don’t snag a seat.
Ultimately we had a fun time at the Guinness Storehouse, and I highly recommend it for beer lovers and of course Guinness fans. While I definitely think I would have enjoyed my time more if I was a beer drinker, it was still informative, entertaining, and not a bad way to spend a couple of hours in Dublin 🙂
For more information on the Guinness Storehouse, click here.
St. James Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Ireland
+353 1 408 4800