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Visiting the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

You can’t go to Dublin without drinking the infamous Black Stuff. You can go anywhere in the city and drink some, but a trip to the Guinness Storehouse is pretty cool. Although is a big tourist destination in Dublin, it is a fun experience. Of course you can’t leave there without drinking a pint of Guinness yourself which comes with the ticket.

Purchasing tickets to the Guinness Storehouse is simple. You can either purchase it online and bypass the lines upon arrival or purchase when you arrive. I purchased when I arrived. The line wasn’t too bad considering it was a Saturday, but it moved pretty quickly. I would recommend going during the week and early, for potentially less of a crowd.

Adults 18 and up the tickets are 14 euros and children are 13.50 euros. There are also other discounts for students, seniors citizens, and others. As mentioned, adults get the Guinness pint included in their ticket. Children get a soft drink. When purchasing online you will see they let people in by 15 minute increments, some which are sold out. It didn’t seem they worried much about the time frame when purchasing in person.

Stuff used to make beer ©2017 HollyDayz

Once inside they start out with a group talk about Guinness. We missed it because the congregation took too long and I wanted to get the self guided tour started. While standing on a line I got to pick up and touch the stuff they used to make beer. Then we came upon a blue lit waterfall which was nice before heading upstairs.

Standing in front the blue lit waterfall ©2017 HollyDayz
Having some fun ©2017 HollyDayz

Once we got to the next floor there were a ton of different art work and statues. A lot of interactive things were throughout the entire Storehouse. It was a lot of fun learning about Guinness’ history. We got to one floor and got on a line. You have a choice of learning how to do the perfect pour of a Guinness or you can go up to the Gravity Bar and grab a pint. We choose to learn the perfect pour at the Guinness Academy.

Guinness Academy ©2017 HollyDayz
Pouring the perfect pint ©2017 HollyDayz

They take a group at a time and teach you how to perfectly pour a pint of Guinness. I now have a certificate to prove my perfect pour! Once we finished we headed up the Gravity Bar which took forever. The elevator was always packed and took awhile to go up and down and we didn’t feel like walking up the stairs. They also don’t allow you on the escalator with glass so we had to wait.

One of many views from the Gravity Bar ©2017 HollyDayz

While we waited I noticed some amazing Irish music coming out of the food court area. It was actually the first time I heard Irish music while being in Dublin. Once we finally got up to the Gravity Bar we didn’t stay very long. It was so packed! There were minimal tables and chairs, which were taken. It was like a sardine can in there. I tried to move around a bit to catch some glimpses of the 360 view of the city from above. Soon we couldn’t stand the crowd and I took my pint and headed downstairs.

Once down towards the exit I kept drinking my beer while shopping for souvenirs. There gladly took my glass back at the counter when I was done as there is no place to put it. So many people were looking for where they could sit it down before they left. They should have an area.

It was a lot of fun to see how Guinness is made, the history, and more. Drinking it was even better, it actually tasted really good. Stepping back outside onto the cobblestone, I took a step back and thought how much history has happened on these streets. We began to walk away towards the taxi area, leaving happy because we had such a fun experience, more than we expected.

Have you ever been to the Guinness Storehouse? How was your experience?

49 Comments

  • Joanna

    That looks totally fun to explore. And a definite must when in Dublin for sure

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was fun. I enjoyed my time there.

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  • erinlivelovelaugh

    The Guinness Storehouse looks fun, especially the blue waterfall. Even though, I’m not big on brew, I’d give this one a go!

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    • Holly Dayz

      The waterfall was pretty cool. I don’t care for beer, but Guinness is good.

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  • corinnevail

    Imagine doing this for a family reunion. We had sixteen people with us all vying for the same beer pull. It was a blast. I love the Guinness experience. Did you see where you can spend a night there on AirBnB?

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  • Hannah

    I loved the Guinness factory! So fun 🙂 Have you seen that its turning into an airbnb for one night in April!?

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    • Holly Dayz

      That would be awesome to sleep there for one night. I am sure they would make it a lot of fun.

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  • Brianna

    While you can get a pint of Guinness literally anywhere in definitely want to drink some here when I go to Dublin.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, it is important to try it from the source. Gets no better than that.

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  • LeAnna Brown

    We actually skipped the Guinness tour while in Dublin (I know, sacrilege right!?) We at least tried to do the Jameson tour…but showed up right as they were closing! Do you have the times to the brewery, so others don’t make our unfortunate mistake at least at Guinness.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Jameson was closed for renovations so we couldn’t do that tour. The times and availability change, best to go directly to their site.

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  • SocaMom® (@SocaMomDC)

    Well that sounds like a good time! I haven’t been to Dublin, but when I do, I’ll make sure it is on my must do list.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was fun. I am not even into any kind of alcohol like that, but they have a lot to see there.

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  • knycx

    I have read about the Guinness Storehouse a few times and never been there. But seems it would be a must-see places for Dublin and thanks for sharing about this with us!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it is a cool experience. Mine as well try Guinness from the source.

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  • hcura

    I went to Dublin but didn’t drink Guinness! I know, shame on me, but not a big fan. I did enjoy taking the tour, though. And the views are great.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am not a fan of beer at all. American beer doesn’t taste good, but I really liked Guinness. Maybe next time you will be able to try it.

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  • Carissa (The Green Eyed Lady)

    My husband would love this…he LOVES Guinness! Can’t wait to show this to him, Im sure its going to go on his bucket list!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was my first time having it and it was pretty good. So I understand.

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  • diningtraveler

    Love Guinness! Thanks for the detailed account of the tour. I will definitely be visiting if I ever find myself in Ireland.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a cool tour with plenty to see.

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  • Aija

    I’ve never been a beer drinker, but your review of the brewery makes it worth at least a visit. Still not sure I’d drink the beer though, lol. 😉

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    • Holly Dayz

      i haven’t either. Guinness is good though.

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  • beautythatwalks

    This must have been a wonderful event. I did not even know they had something like that… I love drinking guinness mixed with milk, very tasty.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I had never had Guinness till I visited Dublin. Good beer, fun tour.

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  • OutdoorsyDiva

    Enjoyed my time at the Guinness Storehouse. I didn’t get to do the Academy because the line was too long but I did the tasting room. I really loved those chocolate Guinness truffles I got from there.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I saw those, but didn’t buy any. Glad you liked them.

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  • Ashleigh

    Looks like a pretty cool trip. I can’t wait to visit Ireland, it’s definitely on the list.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was fun. Ireland is a nice place I want to go back to see other areas.

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  • Kiwi

    Just in time for St.Pattys. I am definitely not really a beer drinking but cool you got to go to Dublin to learn more about Guinness!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I don’t drink beer either, but the Guinness was really good.

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  • Cai Dominguez

    Wow! This would be my place. AHHAHA I love drinking and history so it would be a perfect combination!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh then you would love this place.

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  • Ra'Nesha

    My husband is a huge fan of Guinness and would have enjoyed visiting the Storehouse.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really good in Dublin. I have heard different things about how it tastes in different places.

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  • Kita

    I’ve never tasted Guinness but I would love to do a tour with a taste in Ireland.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really good. I don’t even really drink and I liked it.

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  • staciesayzso

    I don’t drink beer but that’s cool to see how it’s made. Visiting Ireland sounds like it was fun.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I don’t drink it either. It was fun.

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  • Lisbeth

    I never cared much for Guinness before I went on this tour. They actually teach you how to drink it, i.e. not sipping and tasting all the bitter gasses on top, but taking a good swig. Loved it!

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    • Holly Dayz

      You can’t help but to take a good swig of it. It is pretty good.

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  • LINDSAY NIEMINEN

    I’ve never been a big beer fan, but would not visit Ireland without having a Guinness at least once!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am not a fan of beer, but like you said had to try it.

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  • Sara Broers (@TravelWithSara)

    Great tips for someone wanting to experience this. Many places are now offering tickets online and that in itself, often saves time. I’m glad you did not have to wait long. I have yet to visit Ireland, but a lot of people sure seem to love it!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Nope no real wait time. The line moved pretty quickly and we went right in. Ireland is really nice with friendly people.

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  • Elisa Subirats

    I missed this when I went to Dublin. Next time! I would like to learn how to do the perfect pour me too 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      Maybe next time when you go back you can check it out.

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  • Melody Pittman (@melodytravels)

    Bucket list item “Pour the perfect Guinness”…check! Good for you Holly! Loved your selfies. I lined up this tour for my husband a few years back and he left quite intoxicated. Plus when it got dark, his friend took his photo in front of the gate with the logo laying on the ground. He doesn’t remember what led to him sprawled out on the sidewalk but it is pretty funny.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you! I am sure your husband had a blast there too! I would love to see this pic of him laying next to the logo.

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