Situated next to the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is your gateway to experiencing everything that is Guinness. As you traverse up the seven floors around a glass atrium in the shape of a pint, you’ll be immersed in the history of this centuries old stout. For the most part, this is a self-guided tour through the history, brewing process, and memorabilia of Guinness. It culminates with an opportunity for you to pour your own pint, which you can enjoy while taking in some amazing views of Dublin city.
- Atrium – After purchasing your ticket, the first room you enter contains the bottom portion of the world’s largest pint glass, which continues up through the Storehouse’s seven levels. In the bottom centre of this magnificent pint-shaped atrium, is the 9000 year lease Arthur Guinness signed on the St James’s Gate Brewery back in 1759. This provides quite a rush to begin your tour.
- Ingredients – As you literally walk through each step of the brewing process you’ll be guided by a virtual “Master Brewer”, who’ll give you valuable information about each stage. You can even pick up and feel some of the actual ingredients used for brewing Guinness.
- Tasting Laboratory – This is where you’ll experience your first taste of freshly brewed Guinness. It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried it somewhere else in the world or even in Ireland, no pints of Guinness will ever possess the same quality taste as the ones you drink in the Guinness Storehouse. Before taking a sip you’ll be guided through the proper tasting method, using all five senses, so that you can experience Guinness’ full effect.
- Advertising – The advertising section on the 2nd floor presents an array of Guinness memorabilia, including the various Guinness bottles used over the years. There’s also a large collection of advertising posters. While here you should definitely spend some time watching the creative and often hilarious Guinness television advertisements on one of the computer monitors.
- Perfect Pint – At the Perfect Pint exhibit you take a turn stepping up to the bar and pouring a perfect pint of Guinness. Trained professionals will help guide you, and afterwards you’ll be able to sit down and drink the Guinness poured by your hand, along with a certificate to prove it.
- Gravity Bar – At the very top of the Guinness Storehouse you’ll find the Gravity Bar. With 360 degree views of Dublin city, this is a great place to finish your tour, sit down, and enjoy one more drink…or two.
|Student over 18||€13.00|
|Student under 18||€10.50|
|Senior Citizen (65+)||€13.00|
|Family (2 Adults aged 18-64 and 4 Children aged 12-17)||€ 40.00|
The Guinness Connoisseur Bar Experience is a tasting of the four most popular varieties of Guinness: Draught, Original, Foreign Extra Stout and Black Lager. Sessions run daily for an additional cost of €25.
- Pour a Pint – The admission ticket only includes one free pint of Guinness along with the half-pint you receive at the Tasting Laboratory. You will have the option to use your pint token at the Perfect Pint exhibit or at the Gravity Bar. Unless you’re a bartender, this might be the only chance you have to pour a Guinness, so it’s highly recommended that you use the token to pour a pint. You can always visit the Gravity Bar afterwards to enjoy the 360 degree views, and if you’re still thirsty, drinks aren’t too expensive.
- Hang Around – In the Perfect Pint exhibit there will be plenty of people pouring a Guinness who won’t actually want to drink it. If one Guinness isn’t enough, stick around and socialise; you might make a few new friends and drink a couple more pints.
- Book Online – By booking online you’ll receive a decent discount on Adult tickets. Also, if there are any lines at the Storehouse, you’ll most likely be able to skip them, because a lot of people wait to buy tickets upon arrival.
- Walk Around Outside – Take the time to wander around before or after entering the Storehouse. You’ll be surrounded by history in the form of cobblestone roads and the actual St James’s Gate Brewery. You’ll also see the large gate entrance to the St James’s Gate Brewery, which is a popular site for photographs.
- Bus – This is probably the most cost-effective way of getting to the Storehouse. You can catch the number 123 bus from O’Connell Street or Dame Street every 8-10 minutes. The trip will take around 10 minutes and will cost about €2.
- Tram/Luas – Catch the tram/luas to St James’s Hospital stop, then make a right onto James’s Street. Upon reaching the Echlin Street junction, take a right turn, then at the top of the road turn left (opposite Old Harbour Pub). Take the first left onto Market Street. The entrance to the Storehouse will be on your left.
- By Foot – For those who want to truly immerse themselves in Dublin, walking from the city centre is a free and very easy option. The trip should only take you 20 minutes. From Dame Street (outside Trinity College), go straight ahead. Follow the road, passing Christchurch on the right and leading onto Thomas Street. At Crane Street turn left, and at the end of the road turn right onto Market Street. The Storehouse entrance will be on your right. Guinness have also created free iWalk podcasts that will act as a tour guide on your walk through the city. Download it here.
- Hop On Hop Off Bus– The Guinness Storehouse is stop 14 on the Hop On Hop Off Bus route. This will drop you pretty much at the front door. The time of travel will depend on what stop you catch it from.
Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd built the Guinness Storehouse between 1902 and 1904. It was designed to be used as a fermentation house. The Storehouse housed the largest tun (large vessels made of oak or pine used to hold fermenting beer) in the world, which had a capacity of 7,800 barrels of beer.
In the 1950’s, when the wooden tuns were replaced with aluminium ones, the Storehouse was converted into a sterile plant. Eventually by the 1980’s the Storehouse became too old to adapt to modern brewing techniques. The fermentation plant was relocated and the Storehouse closed in 1986.
After fourteen years, the Guinness Storehouse was reopened as a tourist attraction in December 2000. Now everyone can experience the art of brewing, pouring, and drinking Guinness.
- It would take 14.3 million pints to fill the giant glass pint atrium in the centre of the Guinness Storehouse.
- The Gravity Bar is the highest bar in Dublin standing 46 metres off the ground.
- The Guinness Storehouse has hosted many celebrities and even royalty over the years including; Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Bill Clinton, Conan O’Brien, Paul Rudd, and Tom Cruise.