Did you know the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland is the Guinness storehouse in Dublin?
Dublin is without doubt a cosmopolitan city offering its visitors all sorts of fun’s and culture’s chances and one of the greatest is the Storehouse, that is the Guinness brewery.
The Guinness is famous in the whole world: it’s a symbol of Dublin and Ireland for its features and for the wellness it guaranteed to the town in the years after the development.
When you are around the Guinness Storehouse, yet, you realize how a colossus it was and it is to Dubliners.
An entire district is around the production of this dark drink.
Even before passing the Guinness gates in the air you breathe Guinness air…
Visit Guinness Storehouse
A wing is dedicated to the free parking of visitors, a thing that won’t do any harm if you consider that being in the town the parking area around is whole for a fee and this is not cheap.
We get rid off the car and we move towards the ticket offices. By Dublin Pass we skip the line and enter directly the area where are given the audio guides available in 14 languages.
The building outside looks in all its years and all its history, while inside it was restored with masterly manner to join happily its history and the progress.
At the entrance we are struck by the biggest pinta in the world, a glass which can contain 14 millions of pints of beer. In the floor is walled the lease of the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness, who started the Guinness history.
The visit is on the seven floors of the brewery, in each room are indicated the numbers to digit on the audio guide for the clear explanation in details.
We start from the ingredients which originate this beer: the barley, the yeast, the hop and the water, the very pure water of the neighbouring mountains. Then we get to the working, the tapping and the tasting school with a certificate given by the Guinness Storehouse.
We start visiting the huge silos where the ingredients are stocked, and their working is shown through filmed sequences.
Fergal Murray, the master brewer, explain to us through interactive pictures that the Guinness to Dublin wasn’t only a brewery but it was the milestone of the workers’ rights, the first factory in Ireland to guarantee rights and sanitary assurances to its employees besides living units.
On the several floors you are swallowed up by all what the Guinness was and is still today, from the brewing to the construction of the railways for the transport of beer towards all over the world.
Vintage filmed sequences thrown on the bottom of the casks show the skill of the coopers and the hard work they were subjected to but from that the skill and the manual ability of the craftsman come out.
To our great surprise we find out that an apprentice cooper becomes professional when its first perfect cask is set on fire…
During the visit we get ready for the tasting class of the Guinness: here people explain to us what the ideal temperature is, how make rest the beer after the tapping before tasting it and they show us the several shades that the drink has in contact with air.
Going upstairs the several floors we arrived at the Guinness Academy where the kind staff show us the right tapping angle of the Guinness.
We are said goodbye with the certificate of tapper and the respective pinta tapped by ourselves!
An area which was doing up it is the floor dedicated to the advertising and the presence of the Guinness brand in the social networks.
Actually from here it’s possible to write your own message which is published by facebook on the Guinness wall. Here it is also possible to choose your own photo taken during the tapping phase and send it to your own email address.
The visit to the Guinness Storehouse ends on the 7th floor at the Gravity café where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Dublin in a 360 degrees glassed room.
After the tasting of the pinta included in the admittance ticket, we go downstairs to the ground floor where we find the store of the Guinness brand and where we get lost in shopping also thanks to the prices which are not monstrously excessive as we expected.
Tips and info
At the moment the admittance tickets cost 18 Euros for adults: online on the Guinness website is possible to buy them in advance with a 10% off ; it’s one of the many attractions included in the Dublin Pass, purchasable online with discounts reaching even 20% of the price.
It’s advisable to follow a bit the promotion and the trend of the website since prices and offers change every week.
You can have a tour of the Guinness Storehouse every day from 9.30 am to 5 pm. The lovers of beer but everyone, too, cannot certainly miss a such tour.