The Guniness Storehouse Ireland’s Premier Visitor Attraction

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The Guinness Storehouse.
St James Gate Brewery
St James Gate
Dublin 8.

Contact Information

Phone +353 (0)1 408 4800

Tour Information

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Opening hours

January – June 9.30- 17.00
July – August  9.30-18.0.
September- December 23. 9.30- 17.00
December 27th -31th 9.30-17.00

Guinness one of Ireland’s most renowned visitor attractions.

When you think of Ireland, many images come to mind, our green fields, rolling cliffs, beautiful oceans, rivers and lakes but possible the first thought in most peoples head is our most famous export, Guinness. We as a nation have many emblems and symbols, and the pint of Guinness is one of the most recognizably Irish symbols of all time.

Tourists, visitors, locals and presidents can’t wait to get their hands on the perfect pint of the black stuff or our very own black gold. For anyone visiting Ireland, The Guinness Brewery is an exciting prospect and should be on everyone’s to-do list. Being one of Irelands most popular exports and an at home bestseller is it any wonder that The Guinness Brewery is one of Ireland’s main attractions.

People come from all over the world and make the special stop at Saint James Gate Dublin to see exactly where their favorite drink is made, its history, and most importantly sample a pint of our favorite drink at the point where it all started many moons and kegs ago.

You will be shocked at the sheer enormous size of The Guinness Brewery site in the centre of Dublin. It occupies one of the oldest and largest single sites in the City. It is situated in the Historic Viking City of Dublin and has made its way into the history books, a name that is perfectly Irish in everyway.

A small history of Guinness

Guinness was founded by the world famous Arthur Guinness in 1759. He was left £100 in a will and he decided to follow his dreams. he started brewing his own beer in  Leixlip which is approximately 17 km outside Dublin, and as his success began to increase he later moved to the St James site we see today. Arthur Guinness was a very clever man and his talents for making beer were closely followed by his shrewd mind. He leased the site at St James Gate for 9000 years.

The history of Guinness is long and distinguished and stretches out over a 250-year timeline. Arthur’s family, were tenant farmers in Dublin and in the neighboring County of Kildare. He was born in approximately 1725. He had a long life and was married Olive, together they had 21 children. Olive came from a wealthy family and according to the tradition of the time; her dower was £1000, which was a very sizeable sum of money.  Arthur died at the age of 77. He is one of the few people to have made an appearance on an Irish postage stamp twice.

The first stamp was produced in 1959 and again in 2009. The Storehouse that we see today was built on this site in 1997 and was intended to be a sight to remember for locals and visitors alike. This wondrous building is shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness and is over 7 stories tall, it can be seen from miles around reminding us of this fantastic heritage site right in the centre of the historic city of Dublin, along the banks of the world famous River Liffey.

What to expect on your tour of The Guinness Storehouse.

On your specialized tour of The Guinness Storehouse, you will be delighted to know you will get to see how the most famous beer in the world is made. The tour of the Guinness Store House is interactive and promises to be one of the most memorable moments of your trip to Ireland. The tour will keep you entertained from beginning to end. You will be delighted to hear you will be given the opportunity to pour the perfect pint, and taste it.

Remember in Ireland the pulling of the perfect pint can be considered an art form. One of the most exciting parts of the tour is you will learn how Guinness is made and the illustrious art of brewing.  You will witness the raw ingredients before they are turned into black gold, barley and yeast are the ingredients combined in perfect proportion to make every batch of Guinness absolutely perfect.

You will witness Guinness thought the ages, and there are wonderful collections of photographs, vintage films, the bottles of Gunnies through the ages and wonderful memorabilia from around the world, all connected to our favorite export. You know that Guinness is known as the black stuff, it’s beautiful individual, rich, creamy and velvety texture have delighted us all for centuries, but what you probably didn’t know is that Guinness is actually good for you. You will also learn something new that you probably did not know about our favorite drink.

Guinness is said to have several health benefits as it contains several antioxidants and can help to reduce blood clots. Don’t forget to visit “The Store” a shop packed with wonderful Guinness merchandise. You can indulge in Guinness chocolate, fudge, mustard and steak sauce. Everything you can imagine is available in “The Store” from rugby shirts, ball caps, to fluffy pint slippers. It is somewhere you will find a perfect gift for friends and family.

The Gravity Bar

The highlight for most people is the penultimate visit to the top floor where the Gravity Bar is situated. The Gravity Bar has the honor of looking out over the historic city of Dublin. You are going to be enjoying Dublin from a height for the top of a pint of Guinness and will be taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the Dublin Cityscape. This is where the tour ends and where you can enjoy your pint of Guinness in serenity. You can also sample some of the finest Irish Cuisine including Guinness Stew. On your trip to Ireland we hope you enjoy a wonderful visit to The Guinness Storehouse, it will be an experience that you will never forget

About the Author:

Sinead is the head of our Historical and Cultural research team. Sinead studied Archaeology with modular Anthropology, and has Post Graduate qualifications in Heritage Management, including History, Museum Management and Religious Studies.

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