IRELAND'S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTION - THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE
No trip to Ireland would be complete without experiencing Guinness in one form or another! The famous stout has roots in Dublin and while you may have tasted it a thousand times, there's nothing quite like an authentic Irish Guinness. What's more, the famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin City is open to visitors in the heart of the capital. From an extensive gift shop selling branded merchandise to a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, this is an experience no Guinness drinker is going to want to miss. Ireland's number one International Visitor Attraction unfolds its tale across seven floors shaped around a giant pint, which, if filled would contain 14.30 million pints of Guinness.
Dive into the World of Guinness
From the moment you step into The Guinness Storehouse, you are taken back in time. The ground floor boasts exhibits and interactive displays to get a feel for the brands Celtic roots. Learn about what goes into a perfect pint of Guinness and why it takes time to get the stout to settle just right. There are no secret recipes or hidden agendas here. Guinness has laid everything out for you and you have a front-row seat in finding out how one of the world's best-selling beers is brought to life.
You can take a look at how the brewing process takes form. It's more than adding just a few ingredients into a barrel and mixing! While the basic recipe may not have changed over the years, Guinness's efficiency has sped up dramatically thanks to the overwhelming demand. People from all over the world regularly enjoy a humble, heady stout born out of the heart of Ireland.
History in the Making
The Guinness Storehouse building itself dates back well over a century and its site has been in Guinness' control since the 18th century. In fact, it was right here where Arthur Guinness himself made sure to lock in ownership of the site for nine millennia on what was then a small, disused and ill-equipped brewery at St James's Gate, Dublin.
It's considered the biggest tourist attraction in Dublin (if not Ireland!). That's a pretty big accolade but it's one that's not difficult to understand. Fans of the dark stuff can tour seven floors of tasting rooms, fun exhibits and interactivity. Guinness is synonymous with the Irish culture and experience, and the Storehouse is a fantastic celebration of both. It's no surprise that it boasted visitor numbers of over 1.7 million in 2018.
The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar, symbolically the 'Head of the Pint', where visitors can enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Dublin City - views that are all the better with a complimentary pint in hand!