Why You Should Spend A Full Day At Guinness Storehouse

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Why you should spend a full day at the Guinness Storehouse, let us count away the hours for you:

  • view the world’s largest glass beer pint that can hold 14.3 million pints
  • Gravity Bar Dublin – enjoy a free pint of the best Guinness in Dublin whilst enjoying 360-degree views of Dublin
  • 7 floors of fun, history and information
  • 3 restaurants, 2 bars, 1 cafe
  • Guinness Storehouse shop
  • Guinness Connoisseur Experience
  • Guinness Academy
  • Guinness Advertising over the years – believe us they have some of the best beer ads we have seen

If you think that you can get all this done in 2 hours, just like we thought we could, think again, allow a full day and take it easy.  Also plan your check-in time as well.  When you purchase your tickets online you can nominate a time.  We thought 12.00 would be perfect so that we could enjoy our free pint of Guinness around 1.30 to 2.00.  Wrong!  You enjoy your free pint at the Gravity Bar and the busiest time is from 2.00 onwards.  We would recommend that you select a check-in time around 9.30 – 10 when they first open.

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Entrance to Guinness Storehouse Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse attraction is #1 in Dublin, and the Guinness experience was our #1 must-see on our visit after visiting the Banks Beer Brewery Tour and the Mount Gay Rum Tour in Barbados a few months before.

A Little Bit of Irish Background on Guinness

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Portrait of Arthur Guinness

In 1756 Arthur Guinness inherited 100 pounds from his godfather, Arthur Price, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Cashel and invested in a small brewery outside Dublin.  In 1759 Arthur signed the Guinness  9000-year lease on St James Gate Brewery paying 45 pounds a year for the privilege.  St James Gate was a derelict 4-acre brewery site.

In 1751 Arthur married Olivia Whitmore and had 21 children, sadly only 10 survived to adulthood.

Arthur Guinness was known as a man of vision.  In 1833 St James Gate Brewery was the largest in Ireland and in the 1880s it was the largest in the world.  Arthur Guinness built 8 miles of railroad tracks and had his own barges to deliver the beer. As part of the lease on St James Gate, Arthur negotiated rights to the city watercourse, these days 8 million litres of water flow into the brewery daily.

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The Bell from Lady Miranda on display and can be rung at the Guinness Storehouse

The original bell from the ship “Lady Miranda”  that used to deliver beer from Dublin to Liverpool is located in the Storehouse and is rung after you have had your sample tasting.

This is Why You  Spend a Full Day at the Guinness Storehouse (Enjoy a bit of ‘craic’)

Guinness Storehouse Ticket Options:

Priority Entrance: Guinness Storehouse With Free Pint From Euros 25

 

Skip The Line Guinness Storehouse Package from Euros 32.75

Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience from Euros 57.53

On arrival at the Guinness Storehouse, you check-in on the entrance level, we would recommend at least 10-15 minutes before your allocated time, and then make your way up the escalator where you will wait. There are audio guides available for 1 Euro.

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The escalator to the meeting point on the first floor at the Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse Shop is on your left and it is so tempting to start your shopping there and then, but wait! remember you have allowed all day!

Slainte! The word for ‘cheers and to your good health’ in the Irish Gaelic language! Practice saying it before you enter!

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The famous 9000-year lease

Also look down at where you are standing, you may just be standing on Arthur’s famous signature on the 9000-year lease, his signature appears on all Guinness!

Now look up, you are at the bottom of the world’s largest Guinness glass that holds 14.3 million pints of Guinness which is 3 times the population of Ireland.

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View of the levels inside the Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse has been opened since 2000 at St James Gate and in 2016 16.5 million visited the complex.  That is also a lot of Guinness pints that were pulled in that year.

If you think that is a high number, let us share this one with you!

15 million pints of Guinness are pulled every day in over 150 countries. Phew! That’s a lot of Guinness!

What’s All The Hype About Guinness

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One of the many ads for Guinness

Liquid Gold its has been called! Why? Apparently the flawless favour of the brew and its profitability! We would add great advertising!

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Guinness Advertising over the years

Home of the Black Stuff – actually believe it or not that Guinness is not black but a deep dark ruby red colour.

198 calories per pint – which is less than an average pint of beer.

Is Guinness good for you? Oh yeah! Guinness was the perfect pint after giving blood it replenishes the electrolytes.  The 1929 tagline – “Guinness is good for you” was an actual fact.  We were also told that Guinness was good for you if you were pregnant, it provided the iron that your body needed.

How to Pour The Perfect Pint

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The perfectly pulled pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar

There is a knack in pouring the perfect pint of Guinness and it also has something to do with the harp emblem that you will see on all Guinness advertising.  The 14th-century Irish harp that the logo was modelled on can be seen in the library at Trinity College.

1.  The Guinness Pint Glass is held at an angle of 45 degrees tilted away from you

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A copy of the Golden Harp

2.  The tap handle is pulled towards you to the full horizontal position without the glass being touched and it is filled up to 3/4 at the golden harp emblem

3.  The pint needs to rest for exactly 119.5 seconds

4.  To create the famous Guinness head you need to push the tap away from you, pour the Guinness slower than before, let it rest slightly, and then enjoy. The head should be between 12-18mm in height.

The Guinness should be cold to touch and served chilled at between 4-5 degrees centigrade.

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Water from the Wicklow Mountains

Everyone says ‘Guinness tastes better in Ireland’ and it is true, we have done our research.  We think it must be the water from the Wicklow Mountains.

 

How to Drink Your Perfect Pint of Guinness

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Pints of Guinness at the Gravity Bar

This is ‘how to unlock the magic for yourself’ is what we were told when we went to enjoy our small sample test.

  1.  Take a deep breath
  2.  Take a large mouthful ensuring that you are pulling through the head of beer
  3.  Let it develop on your palate for 3 – 4 seconds
  4.  Swallow
  5.  Exhale through the nose and enjoy its smooth velvet texture

The Guinness Process

Guinness is made from 4 ingredients, water, barley, hops and yeast all special in their own right but when mixed together according to Guinness’s special recipe the result is pure black gold which we all love – Guinness is brewed exclusively in Dublin and then sent to their international Guinness breweries.

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Can you imagine – 30 million bubbles in every pint that you are drinking

There are 30 million bubbles in every pint of Guinness.

  1. Water fresh from the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland
  2. Barley – Guinness purchases 2/3 of the malting barley that is grown in Ireland every year – approximately 100,000 tonnes.  The Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate is the only brewery in the world that roasts the barley on site at 232 degrees centigrade for 2.5 hours.  Any higher than 232 degrees the barley will catch on fire and any lower it can’t create its unique character. Barley is roasted on site 365 days per year.
  3. Hops – the plants grow to 15 feet and are grown in 35-55 degrees north and south of the equator in countries such as Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, UK, USA and New Zealand.
  4. Yeast – Guinness Yeast is used in all their beers

Brewhouse 4 is the most technological advances sustainable breweries in the world.

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Tasting every morning at 10 am by the Scientists

The brew is tasted 23 times and is analysed 251 times by Guinness’s team of scientists.

 

Guinness Storehouse Tour Length

Guinness Storehouse is a self-guided tour.  To get the most of out of your Guinness Tour Dublin you will need to spend more time on the first 2 floors where you will learn all about the ingredients and the process.  You can enjoy the interactive touch screens and video presentations.

The 3rd floor displays all the Guinness advertising – it is also a photographers delight.

Guinness Storehouse Restaurants, Cafes and Bars

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One of the captivating 360 deg views from the Gravity Bar

  • The Gravity Bar
  • The Connoisseur Bar
  • Brewer’s Dining Hall
  • 1837 Bar & Brasserie
  • Arthur’s Bar
  • The Cooperage Cafe

We hear that Guinness pie is on the menu as well as other delectable items made from Guinness of course!

Guinness Storehouse hours

Opening Hours: 0930 – 1900 (with last entrance at 1700)

July and August longer opening hours – 0900 – 2000 (with last entrance at 1800)

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day.

Guinness Storehouse Parking

The Guinness Storehouse has a free car park around the corner next to the old Hopstore, on Crane Street, but spaces are limited.

Guinness Brewery Tours

For health and safety reasons a visit to the Guinness Brewery Dublin itself is not available.

Guinness Trivia

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The Guinness Book of Records was created by the Managing Director of Guinness, Sir Hugh Beaver, in 1954.  The very first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records hit the stands in 1955.  It was actually invented so that Guinness Bartenders could relate fun bits of information and trivia to entertain their patrons at the bar!

Guinness Storehouse Dublin Contact Details

Address:

St.James Gate Dublin 8

Telephone:

+353 1408 4800

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

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We would like to thank Conor George of Guinness Storehouse for providing us with discounted tickets for our visit.  We would also like to thank the team at Guinness Storehouse for looking after us so well.

 

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