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.
1. Types of tickets to visit the Guinness Storehouse
For beer lovers, a visit to the Guinness brewery is a must and for those who want to know the culture and idiosyncrasies of the Irish capital is a must. There are different types of tickets and these are my recommendations:
2. Queue-free entrance to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
As the visit to the Guinness Storehouse is so popular, it is usual that there are big queues at the entrance that involve a considerable waiting time. Therefore, when you go to buy online tickets for the Guinness Storehouse I recommend that you make sure you include the direct access to avoid the queues.
That's why I like this option of no queue entry to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Just choose the day of your visit and you will receive an email with your ticket receipt and all the information you need. In addition, if your plans change or you have any unforeseen circumstances and you can not make the visit, we will refund the amount of your ticket with 24 hours notice.
Why I like this option
With this ticket you will have access to a complete tour of the brewery (7 floors in total) where you can go at your own pace. A large part 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.
In addition to the queue-free access, this type of ticket includes the tasting of a drink (beer for adults and a soft drink for children). The best thing about this is that you can do it in the glassed-in bar on the top floor: the Gravity Bar, a place that many claim to have the best views in Dublin.
3. Entrance with gift box to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
This is a premium Guinness Storehouse tour option. The guinness brewery tour in Dublin with no waiting time and gift box includes the benefits of the standard option plus a guaranteed gift pack with a exclusive Guinness glass and a Guinness 3D magnet.
This type of ticket can also be purchased online. Once you make your reservation, you will receive a resguardo en tu mail that you can present at the entrance of the factory.
What is included in this entry
- Access without queues
- Tasting of a beer or soft drink
- Free on-site parking
- Access to all seven floors of the factory, including the Gravity bar with panoramic views of Dublin.
- Free cancellation with 24 hours advance notice
4. What to see in Dublin's Guinness Brewery
What is the secret of Irish beer? Few places can answer this question as well as the Guinness Brewery in downtown Dublin. This tour is a cultural experience with many dynamic elements along the way. In addition to learning about the history of this drink, you will also discover details about the brewing process and learn about the different types of beer that exist.
The Guinness factory is divided into 7 floors and on 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 is not boring 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 beer and the secret of its foam.
- Enjoy a tasting at the Gravity Bar with panoramic views of the city.
- Learn how to throw a Guinness and get a diploma
- Learn the secrets of a good beer tasting and practice it.
- Option to get customized products from the Guinness Store
- Learn about the relationship between this beer and Guinness records.
- Discover the secrets that have made this brand's advertising a success.
Ana's Traveller Tip
Book your ticket in advance to avoid availability problems when visiting the factory.
5. Organize your visit to the Guinness Dublin Brewery
How to get there
The Guinness Storehouse is located close to St James's Station, a 20 minute walk from the center of Dublin. If your accommodation is centrally located you will not need to take any transport, but it is useful to know that the 123 bus drops you off at the door. As the factory is one of the most popular points of interest in the city you will have no problem locating it from anywhere in the city.
Access by car is also permitted 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 24th, 25th and 26th. The schedule in winter is from 9:30 am to 19 pm and in the months of July and August you can be touring the factory until 20:00. My recommendation, especially if you travel to Dublin in high season, is to go early in the morning or in the afternoon to avoid crowds.
Duration of 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 having a beer, a floor where you can learn to pull beer or a unique Guinness gift store where you can get lost for several minutes. It will not take long, in fact, if your idea is to go quietly you can reserve for this visit about three hours.
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 in your own language at the entrance for about one euro. Visiting the brewery at your own pace, you will also learn all about the history of beer and its production.
Where to eat
The factory facilities have two restaurants where you can make a stop 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.
Visiting the factory with children
Although lovers of the drink known as "black gold" will enjoy the visit, this is a cultural tour that focuses on a very important aspect of Irish history and culture. Minors will be able to visit the brewery without any problem and instead of tasting a pint of beer at the end of the tour they will be able to enjoy a soft drink.
On certain dates, the factory organizes events or exhibitions inside, although it is still open to the public. It is interesting, for example, to visit the Guinness Storehouse on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day.
Ana's Traveller Tip
The Guinness Storehouse tour is also suitable for children: children under the age of 13 get in free of charge.
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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, in addition, 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.
Frequently asked questions
Why does Guinness taste different in Ireland?
According to Scientists the reason why Guinness tastes different in Ireland is not that it "does not travel well", but is actually more due to the frequency of it being drunk and its freshness. The logic goes that as people order Guinness more often in Ireland, the drink sits in the pipes for a much shorter time. This same frequency also breeds familiarity with the servers, so the drink is stored better and served with the perfect amount of head.
What is it like to tour the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin?
The tour takes you through the storehouse, giving you a broad overview of how Guinness Stout is made, followed by an in-house waterfall of the Wicklow Mountains fresh water used in the brewery. Afterward, you're then given a look at how the casks are made, stored and transported, before finally being given a chance to taste the Guinness Stout. The best part of the tour ends with a visit to the 7th floor, home to the world famous Gravity Bar.
Is the Guinness Storehouse suitable for children?
The Guinness Storehouse actually offers reduced admission for children, and while children may not be able to experience the tasting or pouring part, the rest of the tour could be considered interesting, especially the interactive parts. That said, it's important to take the children's age and interests into consideration, as children under the age of 8 years aren't likely to enjoy it.