I know that titling this post “Dublin’s Top Attraction” might ruffle a few feathers, especially considering other notable attractions like The Book of Kells at Trinity College. However, judging by how packed the Storehouse was on a Wednesday afternoon, and by the fact that it’s the first thing people ask me about Dublin… I feel that the Guinness Storehouse truly is the top attraction.
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I’ve been on a few brewery tours in my travels, but this was by far the largest and most extensive. The Guinness Storehouse Tour was extensive and immersive; it reminded me more of a museum than anything else.
The Storehouse is located in central Dublin, in a neighborhood called The Liberties. Wind down a cobblestone street until you find the gate and queue for your ticket. I recommend buying your ticket online and skipping the long line.
Guinness Storehouse Tour
The Guinness Storehouse Tour is 6 floors! You will start on the bottom floor and circle your way around the central atrium which is modeled after a classic pint glass. Along the way, you will learn about the ingredients of beer and what makes the ingredients of Guinness special. Other immersive experiences include a surprisingly compelling area on wooden barrel-making and the very popular advertisements section.
The two-part culmination tour includes a guided tasting. Beginning in a sterile, white room, a small taste is poured for those of legal age. Then, the group is ushered into a dark and distinguished room reminiscent of the time period when Guinness became a global phenomenon. Led by the tour guide, the group will learn the “proper” way to drink Guinness. Spoiler alert: cold, and gulp don’t sip!
The final stop is at the Gravity Bar, the top floor of the Guinness Storehouse with all-glass walls providing a 360° view of Dublin. Entry to the museum entitles visitors of legal age to a full pour of a small selection of beers. Most visitors choose the classic dark Guinness, known as “the black stuff.”
The tour will definitely please beer enthusiasts, but I think there are plenty of informative, compelling aspects for those with other interests as well.
All photos by Staci Jackson for the Voyageer.