Guinness is one of the points of pride of Ireland and rightly so; St James’ Gate brewery in Dublin city exports millions of pints of the black stuff all around the world every year. It’s a mortal sin to visit Dublin’s Fair City and not throw back a local Guinness! As any serious drinker will tell you, for some reason, it always tastes far better in the home country. But if you’re not a big drinker, you can still have an informative and exciting day out at the Guinness Storehouse, one of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions. The Guinness HQ was also voted Europe’s best tourist attraction in 2015, beating off stiff competition from the likes of the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum.
If one of your dream trips is an adventure in the green hills of Eire, then hitting up the capital of Dublin should be one of your first stops. There are loads to do in the city, plenty of new friends to make, and dozens of Irish delicacies to try. Check out BUCKiTDREAM to discover if any other travelers have enjoyed a pint of the black stuff in its home city, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as we show you how to discover the genius of Guinness at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse!
Getting There Actually locating the Guinness Storehouse can be a little confusing at first because the Guinness compound occupies a lot of Dublin real estate. However, the St. James’ Gate brewery (where the stout is actually made) is different to the Storehouse (which is purely a tourist attraction). The entrance to the Storehouse is located on Thomas Street, which is about a 20-minute walk from Dublin city center. Alternatively, many of the tour buses stop off at the Guinness Storehouse, so if you want to visit as a part of a broader tour of Dublin, that might just be the way to do it.
Learn About the History and the Process Guinness has quite a fascinating history, starting with the fact that founder Arthur Guinness leased the brewery for 9,000 years in 1759. He obviously had some confidence in his product, confidence that’s proven to be well-placed in the intervening 259 years. The original lease is available to view in the ground floor atrium. The entire storehouse is ingeniously shaped like a giant pint, and as you work your way up the seven floors, you’ll discover more about the process of creating Guinness from hops and barley, as well as the transport methods that ship the beer all over the world. Another popular and inventive side of the Guinness brand is the advertising, which has captured the imagination of people around the globe. There’s an exhibition dedicated solely to the inventive and creative Guinness marketing strategy, where you can trace the timeline all the way to the present day.
Pull Your Own Pint A quintessential experience when you visit the Storehouse is pulling your very own pint of Guinness. The black stuff is a notoriously tough pint to master, and to this day you can find barmen and women everywhere who just can’t do it right. Fortunately, there’ll be a member of staff on hand to teach you the ins and outs of the delicate art of pint-pulling, and you’ll have it down in no time at all (hint: the magic is in leaving it to sit before applying the crown).
Relax at the Gravity Bar Once you’ve pulled your perfect pint, you can ascend to the top floor of the Storehouse, which is entirely taken up by the amazing Gravity Bar. This circular bar treats you to spectacular panoramic views of the Dublin city skyline, which you can catch at all angles, and provides the perfect place to truly get a grip on the Irish capital. You can nurse a Guinness as you take in the sights, or if you don’t partake in alcohol, you can enjoy a soft drink instead. Either way, the Gravity Bar is one of the most memorable drinking spots in Dublin, so make sure to take it all in, and don’t forget to snap a few shots to make your fellow ‘DREAMers jealous.
If you’re in Dublin for a mini-break or are traveling around Ireland coast-to-coast, make sure not to leave the Guinness Storehouse off your itinerary. Whether you’re a fan of the black stuff or not, a day out at the Storehouse provides fun for all the family, a perfect excursion in the heart of Dublin city, and a neat little tick off your bucket list while you’re at it. For more Dublin-based ideas, check out The Best Hipster Bars in Dublin and Five Writer-Friendly Cafes in Dublin, and keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as you discover the genius of Guinness for yourself!