All Guinness is made here. I drank Guinness that is TWO DAYS OLD.
Its totally a tourist attraction, but it is cool. Huge space, great history and self-guided tour information. Free beer with admission (high admission prices though!). I learned how to pour my own pint, which was delicious.
I was starving when we got there, so we stopped by the cafe. I thought it would be pretty lame, because these sorts of things usually are. We ended up splitting the Guinness stew and it was shockingly delicious! Dark, salted well, rich flavor.
Honestly, I was on vacation in Ireland. Drinking 2 day old Guinness. How can I not give this place a good review?
How could one not visit when in Dublin? If you are a fan of the Black Stuff - then it will be worth your while! Few bits of advice, buy your ticket online to avoid the line. I went in January - and it was crazy. I was glad I bought in advance. I would also suggest picking up the portable self-guided audio tour. It can get really loud and it can be difficult to hear some of the audio exhibits.
Lets face it though.. most people are coming for a pint in the Gravity Bar. This does not dissapoint. Gorgeous sweeping views of Dublin, the best pint of Guinness you will ever have in your life (its actually a bit depressing to think that every next Guinness will be worse than this one..) Totaly worth the trip in.
The Guinness Storehouse in located not to far from where I live, so it was inevitable I would wind up here, struggling to breath as I wait in line for entry and wondering when I could finally sit down and consume a pint of the black stuff!
If you are thinking of going here, forget about arriving on the spot and waiting for entry. Book online and skip the queue, while they throw filthy daggers at you! I did this and was massively happy that I had avoided being crushed up against sweating tourists.
When you enter the actual Storehouse, are can see quite a number of tourists milling about the conveniently located gift shop to your left. You can then wait for a tour guide, which I did, and he gives you an extremely brief explanation as who Arthur Guinness was etc. etc. Best part of the tour? Seeing the actual lease Arthur Guinness signed, the worse part of tour was to follow.
Can you say it was awful - no not really. It was just that, as soon as we reached the section where you wind upward through the different processing areas, the guide vanished. To this day I'm not sure whether he was an illusion from the fumes, or whether he decided to go for lunch, but in any case, without context - aside from the weird videos and small explanations on plaques - every level blurred into the next.
I was pretty excited to learn about the Guinness coopers though, and I think more time could have been spent on them, instead of several levels on how Guinness is actually made.
Then only really jarring part of the whole tour was a new section which showed actors dressed as ye olde men and women, explaining how they were positively affected by the Guinness Storehouse. This was all fine and dandy (if you like your propaganda) except that the movement detection devices which activated the voices, were going off all over the place and you couldn't hear a word. If you go on the tour, avoid this section at all costs, less you want to be assailed by fake Dublin accents.
I can't help but think this would be a far better tour if it included an actual tour of the old Storehouses, with maybe a little bit on the architecture. It seems like a real wasted opportunity, but if you genuinely feel the desire to know how it's made, then you're in the right spot. Enjoy!
Wow! I have never known so much about Guinness. This is an amazing place to learn about the beverage and the history of it. It is very entertaining and interesting. You can tell the effort that was put into this museum! From learning about the process, seeing the actual tools they've used, and to actually teaching you how to drink the beer, it is phenomenal! And after the tour, they give you Guinness! How awesome is that?!
Wow! Being a non ale/cider/beer drinker. Wow! The tour was fun. Informative. Learnt how to pour a perfect pint. Lots of fun interactive things to do. Gravity bar wished I could have had another drink instead of the Guinness at the end.
Definitely A-OK in my book. What can be wrong with drinking recently brewed Guinness while having a scenic view of Ireland? It's overpriced in my humble opinion and the exhibits are gimmicky but the chance to sample fresh Guinness is worth visiting.
Awesome tour! And I've been to most brewerys. Tips for the place; shop first to get things engraved and to split your free drink ticket on forth floor and gravity. You can bring drinks up from the fourth floor if you go dry.
My group of friends and I could have sworn it was going to be a small guided tour. Definitely not. When we arrived, it was a seven floor building and each floor is a step in the process of how they make the beer. Well, it ends up being similar to a museum. It's great! Go with plenty of time if you're into reading all the information and such.
If you're in Dublin, this is probably the place you should visit. You get to tour the Guinness factory and even sample a few of their Guinness.
I personally enjoyed the interactive experience when you get to pour your perfect pint of Guinness. They break us up into a group and an employee demonstrates how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness on draft. Each person gets to pour their own pint and then drink it! There's also some free small food samples.
Up at the top floor is the observation deck. It's super crowded but it's the place where you can see all of Dublin from above. Great photo op.
This is a long-overdue review. I can't remember details from my visit a year ago, but here are some main points:
- There are MANY chances for free Guinness and small appetizers / finger food since they have multiple food-tasting and cooking demonstrations all afternoon.
- Practically no view seating in the Gravity Bar. Most people just stand by the glass walls.
- Everything starts / opens MUCH later in the day! We came before noon, and none of the restaurants were open. We were told at the beginning that the first food-tasting / cooking demo would start around 1p.m., but got delayed and we ended up waiting for almost an hour.
- Self-guided tours only. This is awesome since you can take your own time and choose which parts to visit.
- There is barely any food without Guinness in the ingredient. All their breads, for instance, are made with Guinness.
- Student discounts only apply for admission tickets.
Great place to visit for a first trip to Dublin. I think it's quite a tourist trap otherwise.
My recent trip to Ireland, this was my last stop the guiness factory, it was simply amazing, so much fun,if you are into beer that the place to be, not to mention the Gravity bar, 8th floor.
Went here for our Honeymoon as our last stop before we left Ireland. We are sooo glad we did. I read a lot of other people's reviews and it should be noted that this place is what you make of it (see below). We got rather lucky before we left and online I found what Guinness calls the "connoisseur experience". (As of this moment, they are only offering this experience to people on-line)
This experience is a little pricey but VERY well worth it. For an extra 50 Euro (each) you get a private (hour to hour and a half) tasting with a brew master who explains all the ins and outs of Guinness. The setting was intimate and shared with a few people. What's epic is the taps that are served in this special room are cleaned and sterilized daily. A whole lot goes into what is considered a true Guinness pour. If you are a beer snob (yes I admit it), it's mandatory that you go here... or else you'll lose your beer privileges... well maybe not but I assure you the difference between doing the expected self tour and this is night and day. If you're wondering, yes you get free drinks (you pour them yourself - CORRECTLY)... quite a few actually... =)
After the experience we then started to walk the facility and do the self-tour. What was interesting was the we learned everything that each floor showed us and WAY, way more. We were both very happy that we did what we did as the store only shows the tip of the iceberg behind everything. The tour is "nice" but if you want to really take in what Guinness is about, do the connoisseur experience. As I mentioned earlier in this review, it is what you make of it. I can see how some people had mediocre reviews of the facility as if we were just left to the self-guided tour, this review would've probably been a 3 or 4.
Regarding the facility itself, there are food places near the top which serve very good food and make this place a one-stop shop for food, drinks, and a bar (very top). Be sure to bring your camera if you go here as the view of Dublin is just amazing.
Overall, I had an amazing experience here but that's because we chose to take the extra step and see everything this place had to offer.
PS - once you learn the correct pour from the tour, get another free one from one of the other floors and cringe when you see the pours.. =)
So a little rusty on my beer making but after a visit to the Guinness Storehouse I know who and how to make it.
Also how to pour it properly, ever since I have been telling bar tenders ... well as we have a certificate, might as well use it.
We walked from temple bar on a lovely brisk February morning and made it in for 11am. IS was also very well signposted for tourists to follow.
It was quiet when we arrived and we were able to wander around and spend most of our day ( well until 2pm there). By which time it had got a lot busier.
The exhibitions and stands were interesting as well as interactive to make us all learn as well enjoy the tour around.
Did I mention is was only 16 euros?!? that includes a Guinness at the end which you pour yourself and drink in a bar which overlooks the whole of Dublin.
Loved it and is certainly going back...
It's kinda hard to judge this... the awesome factor of being at the Guinness factory, combined with the history and influence of Arthur Guinness AND being in Dublin Ireland want me drop the 5 stars and walk away smiling!!
The tour is self guided.... which I think takes a lot away from the personality and individual feel of where you are. They have a lot of info posted on the walls and the videos that you can watch at all the stops along the way fill you in but when there are so many people in there you can't move, its hard to get the info and hear the videos.
The beef and Guinness pie was the best I've ever had and who can be unhappy with a pint of Guinness at the top of the tour with views of almost all of Ireland it feels like... but its really just of Dublin... haha...
It's fun, it's awesome and if you are in Ireland you HAVE to go to this place.. .... so this is just my opinion of the tour.. I went quite a while back, before all the video and animation tricks.... I guess I am just old fashioned where I like face to face contact with a real person.. haha
Guinness is like its own little city. Definitely go here, but don't think that you can just "fit it in" to your schedule.
My friend and I both got the Dublin Pass, it includes Jameson and Guinness annnnnnd you get to skip the line!
Guinness is a little off the beaten path, but easily walkable from Temple Bar. The tour is self guided, which I really liked because you could literally wander around here all day. They have a restaurant and a bar, then the famous Gravity Bar - with the best views of Dublin! As we were wandering around this ridiculously large building (7 floors of Guinness glory!), we thought about just skipping the Guinness academy, where you learn to pour the perfect Guinness. I am so glad that we didn't skip it! It was a silly little lesson, but actually really fun! Then you can enjoy your perfect Guinness upstairs in the gravity bar. Everyone was very friendly and helpful too. Our lunch special in the restaurant was "ok", but convenient.
This tour was a once and done for me (as it does take a good chunk of your Irish adventuring time), but if I went back with other friends - I'd go with them and just wander some more.
I've been here more times than I can remember, as I brought a few visitors there when I lived in Dublin.
I'll start with the cons (there isn't many): It is pretty expensive, and it'd be nice to get more than one pint per visit, because if you opt for the pour-your-own thing you don't get one in the Sky Bar. It's potentially setting you up for a loss if your pint pulling ability is lacking! Also, the surrounding area is not the best place ever, although it's not the Storehouses fault.
The pros: It is actually a lot of fun and a nice day out with visitors. It's interesting and is a good way to spend a few hours, as one of Dublin's big attractions. The gift shop is great, they have some really cool stuff.
I've been there more times than any person needs to, but I'll probably end up going again!
This was bought for me as a birthday gift. I've wanted to visit for a couple of years so it was great to open my card & the tickets be there.
I'm not going to go into the whole detail of it, because everyone else already has.
What I will say though is the staff are first rate. They know their stuff & are amusing & engaging. The building is fantastic & the exhibits are interesting.
The view from the top is particularly spectacular once you don't look straight down onto the close-by rooftops & start into the distance instead.
The guinness though. It's not really going to be much fresher than it is. Tastes great & you can even pull your own pint if you're so inclined.
Well worth the trip, even if you live in Dublin
Another MUST SEE in D-town. Probably in the top 5.
No need to write to much about this place, my fellow yelpers dit it for me, and they did well.
Bro tip : Buy your ticket online, you will save time.
Tip: Buy your tickets online to save 10% and skip the line.
I definitely suggest buying tickets online. When we arrived at the visitor area, there were multiple lines. It seemed to be split into two sections, the left and the right. We thought that the left side was for purchasing tickets and the right side seemed to be for pre-bought tickets. It actually turns out that there were three - the middle one was for people that had already purchased tickets online and had a reservation number. Since we had our number readily available, they directed us to the middle (which had NO OTHER persons in it), and we proceeded very swiftly into the brewery.
Our tour started with a quick five minute introduction from a very cute Irish girl, who then directed us into the self-guided tour inside. The Guinness brewery is a massive sprawling campus of beer goodness, spanning over 60 acres. The tour resides in one of the buildings and inside is the world's largest pint glass. My personal highlights included:
Giant water fountain
This was so cool!
There were so many different parts of the storehouse to see and so many things to take in. Staff was incredible- very knowledgable not anywhere near as annoying as the staff at jameson.
Very interesting. It is a must see.
This was the best experience we had in all of Dublin, even if it's also the most ridiculous thing you'll ever visit. More like "Guinness Theme Park" than "Guinness Storehouse," srsly. But go. You'll have a lot of fun.
(Guinness 4 ever).
Overcrowded, touristy, overpriced and a Disneyland for adults? Check, check and check. You can't go to Dublin without a stop in the Storehouse. It's like going to Edinburgh without a whisky tasting.
The bottom floor is pretty much a mercahandise store for you to buy your souvenirs, of course I had to buy an overpriced T-shirt for next St. Patricks' Day (just so I can brag I got it at the Guinness Storehouse) I also picked up a whistle or flute type thing because everyone needs one of those?
Self guided tour starts out with a short informational session, and then you are free to roam the seven floors on your own. I have to say, I learned a lot, I took my time through the different floors and audio tours, who knew beer could be so exciting? I learned all about the ingredients, cooperage and the craft of brewing. They have a 9000 year lease on the place, safe to say they will be here for awhile.
At the end, we were treated to "the perfect pour" and an amazing view of Dublin from the top of the Gravity Bar. It was so crowded up there, couldn't even get a sit or a picture, but I was able to view the city.
The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin's number one tourist attraction, and once you visit it's easy to see why. This place is equal parts fun and informative. Unlike just the brewing process like so many brewery tours focus exclusively on, Guinness has tons of exhibitions on all different aspects of the brew. There are exhibits on how to pour the proper pint, how to taste Guinness, advertising, transportation, etc. Lots of stuff going on here. If you visit, allot no less than three hours to really take it in.
Apart from the exhibits the building holds, the actual structure is awesome as well. The coolest part of course is the gravity bar on the 7th floor where you can look out on all of Dublin, and enjoy your complimentary pint. Guinness was one of the highlights of my trip to Dublin, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Super late review (I went back in August 2009), but I love this place and Dublin in general. It's very fascinating to see how beer is actually made. However, I only drink Guinness when I'm in Dublin and I refuse to drink it when I'm back in NY. Yes, there's definitely a different taste when they import the goods back to the States. Also, who ever knew Dublin was so freezing cold in the middle of August! So a few glasses of guinness was perfect to warm me up. After you go through the tour, you can go up to the top floor and admire the view outside while enjoying a freshly brew guinness! Mmmmmmm....YUM YUM YUM. It was the taste of goodness in my mouth!
So much to see, do and drink! The first part of the storehouse shows you how Guinness is made, followed by the history of the beer, how it grew in popularity over the years (which was probably my least favorite part of the exhibit) and how the advertising has changed.
This was my second visit in the last few years, and they've changed up some of the exhibits in that particular section, which is good for those repeat visitors. That was the most entertaining part of the experience, not including the drinking of course.
The 'drink experience' and pour-your-own Guinness was also pretty cool; you can learn to really appreciate the different tastes of the beer if you hadn't already beforehand. Everyone who pours their own Guinness becomes a certified Guinness pourer with a certificate to show for it; that part of the storehouse closed up before the other parts of the storehouse in my previous visit, fare warning.
And you definitely have to check out the Skybar up at the top of Guinness -- the view is fantastic. If it's not too busy, the bartenders will make a shamrock in the foam head of their beer to you.
Gonna keep this short and simple.
This is a fantastic museum/temple to Guinness.
Sprawling over 5 floors you get a video representation of the brewing, barreling and marketing processes and history and philosophy behind this fantastic beverage. The exhibits are varied and really up to date, informative and interactive.
The highlight is obviously your chance to learn to pour the perfect pint in the Guinness academy and then drink it!!
There is a sky bar on the seventh floor but beware they take no cash, only tickets for your free Guinness which is much better spent at the 5th floor Guinness academy. You can however order from the restaurant one floor down and take it up and enjoy the fantastic 360 degree view over Dublin.
There is a huge store selling everything you could think of Guinness related, and many more you couldn't.
This is like a Guinness Disneyland but in the best possible way!
Quick note to those complaining about not seeing the actual brewing process: would you like people walking through your work place contaminating your product? No????
This place was fun and so nice! Got a free Guinness with the tour and got to learn how to pour a perfect beer.
By far the coolest brewery I've ever been to. This place was amazing. Where do I even start?
The building is huge and it is set up so that you can tour at your own pace. This is a very visual and interactive experience. You start out by the gift shop entrance where you can see the original land lease the Guinness founder signed for... 9,000 years! Talk about planning ahead. You then make your way upstairs where you can see the ingredients used to make Guinness as well as the process.
Then you will get to the Guinness tasting experience where they will teach you how to use all your senses to taste their beer. This is where I got to try a 2 day old brewed beer. It was heavenly.
Don't miss out on pouring your perfect pint experience where you get to pour your own glass of Guinness. You will then get a free picture and a certificate saying you've been taught how to properly pour a pint of Guinness. I recommend taking this pint with you up to the Gravity bar where you will get the most amazing view of Dublin. If you opt to skip the Pour the perfect pint experience, don't worry, you can get a pint at the Gravity bar. Every ticket purchased to see the Guinness storehouse entitles you to a free pint of Guinness. These folks know how to treat visitors.
I wish I would've had more time to enjoy the storehouse; this is a must if you're visiting Dublin.
I visited the Guinness Store House with some girlfriends and had a fun afternoon. Learnt many pointless things about Guinness that I never wanted to know, but was all delivered in a fun way and thoroughly enjoyed it.
You l start at the bottom, then travel floor by floor learning about Guinness till you reach the top floor bar where you can pull your own pint, then enjoy it from a spectacular view.
There's a tasting bar half way up, so have a few there as well to make the visit that little bit more interesting!
Word of warning though, visited the Guinness shop on the way out and spent a fortune!! Many great gifts, but avoid if you don't wanna spend to much cash!! T
Overall a great visit and I would recommend it (even if you don't like Guinness!!).
Skip the tour and go straight to the sixth floor to get a great view of Dublin and a fresh pint of Guinness.
The tour was meh at best. The history levels that separate you from the Gravity Bar were also just so-so.
Also, don't feel like you HAVE to buy anything from the gift shop. Trust me when I say you'll be beaten over the head with more Guinness novelties almost everywhere you go.
If you buy tickets in advance it's a little cheaper and you can skip the line.
We went around 3:30. It'd be 5 stars if it wasn't so crowded, at the beginning you really feel like cattle. Tasting room is super fun and it's pretty amusing learning how to pour the perfect pint. If you're really trying to maximize the free beer you can go through the tasting room multiple times and chug down your beer between the first pour and the second pour to top off during the pouring lesson.
Roof bar view of dublin was amazing but sooo hard to see over the massive crowd.
THE Dublin experience. No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. In fact I was so giddy to go that I was bragging to coworkers for a week before.
The last entry to the storehouse is at 5pm, and they supposedly stop pouring beer at 6pm (supposedly bc at 6:15pm I still saw the top level bar pouring).
We entered about 10 min to 5pm. I asked how long it would take to go through the exhibits and if we'd have time for it all, no problem. Well... That estimate was dead wrong. Could have spent much more time. Around 5:45pm we got a 'last call for beer' from one of the employees, but we were only on floor 2! We ran up to the fourth floor where the Guinness pouring lesson was and were told it was already closed! I was so upset - learning to poor the perfect Guinness was the only thing I HAD to do in Dublin! I did a little bit of begging and the lady at the door was nice enough to let us in (it was only 5:45!). We jumped on the tail end of the last pouring lesson and were able to try it out for ourselves. Thank goodness we got in just in time!
Overall great experience, but if you are thinking of going at the end of the day leave yourself more time and note you better get to the lesson before 5:45pm!
I forgot how much I love being a tourist in Dublin. I took family to the Guiness Storehouse during their visit and I hadn't been here in 5 years since my first visit to Dublin. There was so much that I didn't remember and so many things they have added in the meantime. I was extremely impressed with the new "Tasting Rooms" they have added. It's definitely a treat for all of the senses. After you've gone through this amazing and informational tour that tickles all the senses, to top it off you get to pour your own pint and enjoy it up in the 360 gravity bar while taking in the stunning views of all of Dublin city. I wish my time wasn't cut short. Next time I am going to take the tour just to go to the Gravity Bar and spend the afternoon up there. Guiness and Dublin are the perfect match.
Good venue!! A bit pricey at €16.50 for an adult but I'm presuming that includes your pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar???
It is a bit of a logistical nightmare to try to get around though. With only 2 lifts you can be left waiting a loooonnnnnnggggggg time on the ground floor. However... the view is most certainly worth the wait!!
This is where they make that pint of the black stuff.
Great self guided museum, and even better souvenir store. I even got certified to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
You'll need about 2 - 2.5 hours to take your time and stroll thru this place.
Beer, beer, beer, beer, beer.
What can I say here that hasn't already been said? This is an absolute must-visit if you're going to Dublin. I know it's touristy, I know it's kind of expensive, but I don't care. You just have to do it. A) You can pick up a pamphlet from the Dublin Tourism Office that gives you 10% or 15% off admission (can't remember which). B) Your ticket buys you the freshest pint of Guinness you'll ever have in your life (because you'll likely have poured it yourself!). C) You get extra beer by walking through the tasting tour anyway, so stop complaining.
This place is huge, there's lots to see, and it's a really fun experience. It reminded me a lot of the Newseum here in DC, where it's totally self-guided with lots of fun interactive displays, and generally is a very "hip" seeming museum.
So, the biggest thing I'd like to point out is that if you want to do the "Pour the Perfect Pint" Guinness Academy session, you use up your free beer tasting coupon doing so. That said, I HEARTILY recommend doing the session, because I learned the precise art of pouring Guinness and can now judge any bartender who doesn't pour it that way for the rest of my life. Plus, it was really, really fun.
We ate lunch in the Brewer's Dining Hall (or whatever it's called), and while obviously pricey, it was actually frakking delicious.
The Guinness factory is a highlight for many tourists visiting Dublin. The tour walks you through the brewing process of Guinness step by step from the sourcing of the four main ingredients - barley, hops, yeast and water, to the roasting, fermentation and enjoyment in your next pint. It also takes you through the history of the company, advertising and Arthur Guinness. You can visit the tasting rooms for a taste midway through the tour and a free pint at the end in the gravity bar with a dramatic 360 view of Dublin.
It is about a 10€ taxi from Merrion Square, probably 5-7€ from Temple Bar. You could walk, but there is really not much in the area. I have also taken the Luas (stop past Heuston station). If you are planning to take the hop on hop off bus, they stop here.
Book tickets online to get a discount (10-20% I believe). Tickets are around 16-17€ otherwise.
I am not a huge beer fan and I had my first Guinness ever during this tour. I am happy to report...the beer was delicious and the tour was great!
If you buy tickets online, you can jump the queue and also save 10%. They have machines on the side for prepaid online purchases where you can easily pick-up your tickets. Tours are self guided and they provide a small tasting as well as a free pint. It is a huge facility with tons of facts about their processes and the facility.
They do not seem to have timed entrances so it can get quite hectic inside. At times I just wanted to rush through certain areas to move out of the mania.We enjoyed our free pint at the top floor Gravity Bar which was packed with people. Views from the top are great but it was impossible to get a spot near the window.
Wheeewww! This place is great. Really enjoyed the tour and pouring a perfect pint. It's obviously very touristy and busy, but it is also well run. The layout is multilevel and you can either breeze through it, or try to learn as much as you can. The Guinness is delicious, and all in all it's a very good experience.
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