If you’re a fan of a pint or two of the black stuff, then now is the time to add the Guinness Storehouse Tour to your short city break itinerary. The Guinness Storehouse Tour is one of the highlights of any trip to Dublin, especially for those who consider themselves to be beverage connoisseurs or love foodie themed experiences. Here’s our quick guide to what to expect from your visit to help you plan your trip.
How long is the tour?
This self-guided tour has a recommended duration of about 1 ½ hours, though guests are welcome to stay for as long as they like so as to make sure they make the most of their visit. As it’s fairly short in duration, it should be easy to fit in around other attractions and sightseeing commitments.
When is the tour?
The Guinness Storehouse tour is easily accessed from O’Callaghan hotels and open seven days a week, from 9.30am – 7pm, though it is advised you plan your visit carefully as last admission is at 5pm. Please also note that the tour is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.
What’s the tour about?
Located in the very heart of St James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse has the distinction of being named Ireland’s favourite tourist attraction – which is saying something considering the sheer scale of things to see and do in the Emerald Isle! It’s home to the brewery which creates the world famous Guinness, and highlights of the tour include the chance to see the world’s largest pint glass. There is also a fully interactive journey through seven floors filled with everything you could ever possibly want or need to know about Ireland’s long brewing history. At the end of your tour, you’ll be rewarded with a glass of Guinness yourself at the world-famous Gravity Bar, offering 360 degree views across the city’s impressive skyline. It’s the perfect chance to savour your new knowledge and take a few pictures of the stunning vistas below.
What’s the tour itinerary?
There is no official itinerary as such, given that the tour is self-guided. However, there are seven floors each dedicated to helping you learn a little more about what goes into each delicious pint of Guinness – and plenty of opportunities to take a break and relax with a drink or a meal along the way. The Cooperage Café on the first floor offers coffee, pastries and sandwiches, while subsequent floors tell the tale of how Guinness has been travelling the globe since 1769, as well as providing more information about the first creator of Guinness, Arthur Guinness, and offering unique tasting experiences on a multi-sensory tasting journey which helps to bring the distinctive flavours of Guinness to life. There is also a chance to learn more about how Guinness is advertised around the world with the Guinness World of Advertising, helping you get closer than ever before to this iconic brand.