Guinness Visitor’s Centre
If you are planning to visit the Guinness Storehouse, be prepared for large numbers of other people. The best way to visit the storehouse is to pre-buy your ticket which will allow you to skip the queues, and works out cheaper. The stout is an Irish icon, and none is better known around the world than Guinness. This dark, frothy and slightly bitter brew is synonymous with Dublin, with a history dating back to 1759. For today’s tourists, a highlight of a tour in Dublin is a visit to the Guinness Visitor’s Centre at St James’ Gate Brewery.
The Hop Store (also known as the Guinness Storehouse) is a former Guinness warehouse that has been converted into a full-on tourist attraction where guests can chart the history of Guinness and its Irish stout. The exhibits include an impressive multimedia presentation on Guinness’ history that illustrates its contribution to Ireland’s literature and social life.
A brewing gallery is also open to the public. This shows the traditional and modern methods of brewing Guinness. The gallery makes the equipment and techniques employed by the company easy to digest. Visitors can enjoy a free sample of Guinness on the ground floor.
However, one of the strongest selling points for a tour of the Guinness Storehouse is a trip to the Gravity Bar on the top floor. Visitors can relax over a pint and enjoy a panoramic view of the city here.
A trip to the Guinness Visitor Centre is more about absorbing the history and production of this famous Irish stout than sampling the end product. However, those planning to enjoy a few pints at Gravity Bar are wise to appoint a designated driver. Renting a car in Dublin is a great way of visiting the local sites. Directions, maps and more specific tourist information are available from associates at hire car pick-up points in the city and at Dublin Airport.