Experience the history, heart and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer. Explore the story of Guinness across the seven floors of the iconic Guinness Storehouse building, before taking in the 360 degree views of Dublin city from Gravity Bar.
Ever since Arthur Guinness founded the brewery in 1759, the operation has expanded down to the River Liffey and across both sides of the street; at one point, it had its own railway and there was a giant gate stretching across St James’s St, hence the brewery’s proper name, St James’s Gate Brewery. At its zenith in the 1930s, it employed over 5000 workers, making it the largest employer in the city. Increased automation has reduced the workforce to around 600, but it still produces 2.5 million pints of stout every day.
A quintessential Dublin experience, the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland, pulling in almost 2 million visitors every year.
The Guinness Storehouse explains the history of beer. The story is told through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising, and sponsorship.
The Storehouse covers seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. The ground floor introduces the beer’s four ingredients (water, barley, hops, and yeast), and the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness. Other floors feature the history of Guinness advertising and include an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking.
At the base of the atrium lies a copy of the 9,000-year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the brewery site. In the Perfect Pint bar, visitors may pour their own pint of Guinness and even get their selfie printed on top of a pint. The Brewery Bar on the fifth floor offers Irish cuisine, using Guinness both in the cooking and as an accompaniment to food. The seventh-floor houses the Gravity Bar with views of Dublin and where visitors may have a go at the two part pour and sample the resulting pint.
The Guinness Open Gate Brewery is an experimental taproom nearby, showcasing small-batch beer creations from the Guinness brewery.
The Storehouse also contains the Guinness Archives, containing records and artifacts dating back to 1759
For an extra fee we can organize a behind the scenes tour of the brewery, bringing you to parts of St James’s Gate that were previously off limits to the public. This tour gives visitors a real insight into the working processes of a modern brewery and you will even get to meet one of the master brewers.
Explore The Liberties
After your tour you will be free to wander the streets of the Liberties district, Dublin’s oldest neighborhood. The experimental Open Gate Brewery is just around the corner, where you can test a sample board of Guinness or enjoy a selection of craft beers and food. There’s also a choice of distillery experiences nearby, including Teeling and Roe & Co. Also within walking distance are the medieval Christchurch and St Patrick’s cathedrals.
Open Gate Brewery
St Patrick’s Cathedral
The best thing to do in Dublin. Kim and I loved every second of it. Wonderful tour, unbeatable views at the Gravity bar and great atmosphere. Had lunch at the restaurant too. The burger was very tasty. And the souvenir shop great too. Guinness is good for us.