If you plan on heading to Dublin, Ireland anytime soon, you better think about visiting the Guinness Factory because it is a STAPLE tourist destination!! We had such a great time learning all about the history of the country’s favorite beverage. In fact, one of our tour guides called it the “mother’s milk.” I will never forget that! HA!
The tour itself includes a complete explanation of the history of the company, the process of creation, and a few sampling opportunities.
Walking through the high-tech factory, you’ll find video rooms, hands-on experiments, walk through exhibits and more. Lots of information to absorb!
From the Guinness site: Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s the home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure.
And of course, Guinness samples!!!! Can you believe that I never had a Guinness before this visit? The bartender almost hit the floor when I told her! LOL! It was tastier than I thought. Still not something that I would order while out with friends, but I WILL admit it did have a smooth taste which surprised me.
Believe me, my husband was happy to take the rest of my samples. LOL!
After you are done taking your walking tour throughout the factory, you should go all the way to the top to The Gravity Bar for an unbelievable view of Dublin. We didn’t know that the room existed and made it just before sunset. If I had known, I would have timed it a bit differently and waited until the sun was truly about to set to see the night skyline. Still captured a ton of beauty!!
Insider tip: At the Gravity Bar, you can ask for two half pints instead of one full pint if you aren’t a fast drinker.
The Guinness Storehouse® is open 7 days a week 9:30am – 7pm (last admission is at 5pm)
Late opening during July and August
9am – 8pm (last admission is at 6pm)
For more information about the Guinness Factory tour, click here.