I recently took a trip to Dublin, Ireland and let me tell you - it is a must see. It is one for the books and I fully believe that everyone should experience Dublin in all it's glory at least once in their lives.
While I was there, I visited the Guinness Storehouse and it was absolutely amazing. I 100% recommend going while you are in Dublin. They say it's one of the number one attractions for a reason and I'm not even much of a beer person - but this place was great! You could definitely spend an entire day there if you wanted to because they have a cafe, restaurant and a bar but I spent around 2 1/2 hours there and that was sufficient as well.
When you first begin the tour, prep yourself because a lot of information is about to come your way but it was great to see how Guinness is made from start to finish.
I am trying not to give too much away in this post, however, because I want you to experience it for yourself and soak it all in! So I will show you a few of the highlights and then let you see the rest.
This waterfall was on the ground floor of the tour, so where you first start and it was actually really pretty & cool. It is there to describe the water used to create Guinness and the background of it. This couple was taking a picture in front of it and I got a glimpse of their photo and with the blue hues it was super cute - so I highly recommend doing that as you walk by.
The Guinness Storehouse had a very modern feel to it, design wise, and every corner that I turned was something new and interesting to look at. I thoroughly enjoyed the layout of the place and it's super easy to understand how to get around and where to go.
As I said earlier, you could easily spend an entire day at the Guinness Storehouse. Not only do they have a cafe and several bars, they also have food and a master class called 'Guinness Academy' where you can learn how to brew/pour the perfect Guinness.
Often, Arthur's bar will have live music for guests to enjoy but also has views of Dublin for you to enjoy as well.
It also has a standard Irish Pub feel which I love! I definitely recommend checking it out and just having a pint and enjoy each others company.
It's located on the fourth floor of the Guinness Storehouse and is to the right off the escalator.
I ended up stopping by the cafe that is located on the first floor and it was super good! I got the chocolate guinness cupcake/muffin and I would recommend it. I needed a little boost because I hadn't eaten breakfast and this was the perfect stop. There's also Brewer's Dining Hall which serves hot food & drinks as well. It's located on the 5th floor and you can check out more on the Guinness Storehouse website.
The gravity bar is by far the coolest thing, I thought, at the Guinness Storehouse. It is located on the seventh floor and allows you 365 degree views of Dublin city. It was such a pretty day when I went that it was super clear and you can see quite a few landmarks from the top of the storehouse as well.
With your ticket, you get a free pint of guinness which I fully believe is SO much better from the source (i.e. the storehouse) than at the local pubs. I don't know what it is about being at the storehouse versus everywhere else, but it is super good there so I highly suggest - even if you aren't a beer drinker like me - just get a half pint and enjoy the view.
The store is located on the ground floor of the storehouse and has everything you could imagine. I actually didn't think the prices were that bad especially for being a big tourist attraction. I went on a Monday morning and so the lines and store was not that crowded (actually the tour itself either).
I've listed the ticket prices for you to review. They are student friendly which is a great thing and something I love about Europe. I would also highly suggest going during the week if your trip allows for it. The crowds are there mostly on the weekends and to enjoy your tour and get the most out of it - I suggest weekdays (but it's whatever best suits your schedule, it's still worth the visit).
The Storehouse is not that far from the Temple Bar area if you are walking from that way. It's really not hard to find and if you have google maps just put it in and it will take you straight there. I loved the walk there as well because it had this 'old time' feel to the streets and buildings. Great picture opportunities for those who are interested in that.
Below is a list of times/dates that the Guinness Storehouse is open and available! *Taken directly from the website.
Be sure that while you are there you share your story with the storehouse!
*WIFI FREE ZONE THROUGHOUT*