The lovely Irish lads and lasses over at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin invited me over to review their Guinness themed tourist attraction that is the Guinnesse factory tour at St James’ Gate Brewery, Dublin.
I was excited by this for several reasons. Firstly, I’ve never been to Ireland, and secondly, I love alcohol. The old tale goes that Guinness tastes better in Dublin, but how true is that?
Getting to the Guinness Storehouse tour is quite simple from anywhere in Dublin. If you’re on foot, head West from the city centre or Temple Bar and aim for Market Street.
If you want to use buses or trams, it’s bus route 123 from O’Connell Street and the nearest tram stop is St James’ Hospital. You can of course drive to the Guinness factory tour too, but parking is expensive so it’s not recommended. There is a free car park near the old Hopstore on Crane Street, but it’s pretty small so personally I wouldn’t risk it.
The queue will likely be hefty due to this places’ popularity, so factor that into your journey time too. After grabbing your ticket you enter the Guinness shaped Storehouse via escalator to reach floor number 1.
Guinness Factory Tour
Once up the escalator you can view the open spaced shop, wait for a guide to begin a group tour or ascend straight up to begin the Guinness Storehouse journey.
The tours begin regularly so you won’t have to wait long if it is your thing. The staff all sounded very clued up and informative, which you would expect, but the most important point I noted was their enthusiasm. This is clear to see and helps you get into the trip.
You travel through the history of Guinness which is vast and interesting, aided by the clever use of video on each floor.
The interactions mixed with the variety of displays and educational material keep you intrigued throughout and although touristy, I have to say I had a great time and learned more than expected.
Once you reach the pinnacle of the over-sized Guinness glass there is a lovely view through the spine of the building, a lovely view over Dublin and an even lovelier pint of Guinness included in your ticket price.
Guinness Tour Dublin Overall
Ultimately, the Guinness factory is a must for your trip to Dublin, even if it does mean muscling through hordes of other travellers at times. I’m glad I went, and will probably go back again in a few years time. Oh, and yes, it does taste better in Dublin!
Tickets can be purchased here and will cost you from €16 for an Adult Ticket, but group or family discounts are available. Enjoy your trip!
If you are looking for other activities in Dublin, please see Best Day Trips from Dublin from the lovely folks over at Ireland Travel Guides 🇮🇪 😃
This post is sponsored by Guinness Storehouse. All views are my own.