We could say, without being untrue, that one of Ireland's most appreciated cultural assets is its beer. The brewing process has become an art form and a tourist attraction in itself. The best example of this is the Guinness brewery in Dublin.
So if you plan to travel to Dublin, I recommend that you set aside a few hours to visit the birthplace of Guinness beer and learn in depth not only its brewing process, but its history and leading role in Irish culture. Keep reading and I will tell you what it is all about.
Book a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery and enjoy the local flavors.
Forget about dealing with queues and waiting. Hire this Irish experience and visit the most famous breweries and whiskey factories in the country, with a local expert guide.
This option is very good because you will have about 4 hours to tour the facilities of both the brewery and the distillery. You will learn from a local guide, all the curiosities and details about the manufacturing process of the two most iconic drinks of the Irish capital.
In addition, you will have the chance to do a tasting of both products and you can access the Gravity Bar of the Guinness Storehouse, which has fantastic views of the city of Dublin. Forget about queuing and getting tickets, this option frees you from formalities so you can enjoy the local flavors.
Recommended if... you have a few days to visit Dublin and want to know this cultural and gastronomic aspect so typical from its origins. If you decide to book this guided Irish experience, you will have a fun and interesting souvenir of your stay in the city.
What is included in the Guinness Storehouse tour with entrance tickets?
For beer lovers, this visit is a must and for those who want to know the culture and idiosyncrasy of the Irish capital is a must. I tell you how to buy tickets to the Guinness brewery and what is included:
Queue-free entrance to the Guinness brewery in Dublin
As the visit to the Guinness brewery is so popular, it is usual that there are large queues at the entrance that involve a considerable waiting time. Therefore, when you go to buy online tickets for the Guinness Storehouse I recommend you make sure you include direct access to avoid the queues.
With this ticket you will have access to a complete visit of the factory (7 floors in total) in which you can go at your own pace. Much of the brewery is set up as a museum so in addition to observing the facilities you will also learn the secrets of brewing the different types of beer and why this drink is so popular in Ireland. It includes the tasting of a drink (beer for adults and a soft drink for children), which you can do from the glazed bar on the top floor: Gravity Bar, which has the best views of Dublin.
What to see at the Guinness Dublin Brewery
What is the secret of Irish beer? Few places can answer this question as well as the Guinness Brewery in downtown Dublin. This visit is a cultural experience that also has many dynamic elements throughout the tour. In addition to learning about the history of this drink, you will also discover details about its production and learn about the different types that exist.
The Guinness brewery is divided into 7 floors and in each of them there is something that makes the visit special so that, contrary to what you might think about such a specialized theme, the final experience does not bore at all.
Highlights of the visit
When I visited the Guinness factory I did not know very well what I was going to find and the surprise was quite pleasant; so that your feeling is similar I will limit myself to review just some of the things you can see and do in the factory:
- Learn about the four ingredients of the beer and the secret of its foam.
- Enjoy a tasting in the Gravity Bar with panoramic views of the city
- Learn how to pull a Guinness and get a diploma
- Learn the secrets of a good beer tasting and practice it
- Option to get personalized products from the Guinness Store
- Learn about the relationship between this beer and the Guinness World Records.
- Discover the secrets that have made this brand's advertising a success.
Organize your visit to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin
How to get to the Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Brewery is located near St James's Station, about 20 minutes walk from the center of Dublin. If you are going by public transport, the 123 bus drops you off at the door. Access by car is also allowed and many tickets include the right to park, but I recommend arriving early in the morning or in the afternoon to avoid finding it full.
Barring any incidents, the factory is open to the public every day of the year except Good Friday, December 24, 25 and 26. The opening hours in winter are from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and in July and August you can visit the factory until 8:00 p.m. Please note that the last access to the public is always two hours before closing time.
Duration of the visit
The average duration of the visit is two hours. The brewery has a total of 7 floors including a rooftop bar to enjoy the views while drinking a beer, a floor where you can learn how to pull beer or a store with exclusive Guinness gifts.
There is the possibility of booking a guided tour of the brewery, but the facilities are so well equipped that I recommend you do the visit at your own pace by purchasing an audio guide at the entrance in your language for about one euro.
Where to eat
The factory facilities have two restaurants where you can take a break during your visit. These restaurants are Arthur's Bar and the 1937 Bar & Brasserie; if you want to eat in either of them I recommend you to book a table in advance through the official website of the Guinness Storehouse. Also, without reservation, with the general admission you will have access to the famous Gravity Bar, located on the top floor of the factory and with panoramic views of Dublin.
On certain dates, the factory organizes events or exhibitions inside, although it remains open to the public. It is interesting, for example, to visit the Guinness Storehouse on St. Patrick's Day.
Ana's Traveller Tip
The visit to the Guinness Storehouse is also suitable for children: children under the age of 13 get in free of charge. Instead of a pint of beer at the end of the tour, they can enjoy a soft drink.
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Visiting the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular experiences for anyone visiting Dublin. For this reason, it is common to find discounts on admission. One of the most convenient is the one that includes the Dublin Pass tourist card as it directly involves free entry to the factory.
The Dublin Pass also has as one of its main attractions the free use of the Dublin tourist bus for 24 hours, something that will perfectly complete your visit to the Irish capital. If you want to know more about the Dublin Pass and the Dublin sightseeing buses, you can check this article: Dublin Pass.