Experience the History and Culture of Ireland’s Most Popular Drink
Irish pubs are becoming more and more popular all around the world and so is Guinness – or “the black stuff” as we here in Ireland like to call it. Celebrating what is probably the country’s most famous export product, the Guinness Storehouse has set up shop at St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, where Guinness was first brewed over 200 years ago.
On this page, you can book a visit to the Guinness Storehouse during the hours before 12 noon and after 5 pm (only applies during July and August). Does your schedule not allow for a morning visit? You can also book your visit during the afternoon and still benefit from group pre-booking advantages. No matter the time of visiting, they will receive all group benefits:
- Fast-track line
- Dedicated group arrivals hall
- Access to the coach parking spaces
- Special group discount
The storehouse is an interesting experience no matter your group’s interest in Guinness, as it presents many aspects of this brand which is much older than even the Irish State itself, such as production, storage, transport, marketing and the culture surrounding it.
When entering, don’t let your group get too distracted by the large souvenir store, as there’s a lot of exhibition space to explore, starting off with the four main ingredients water, hops, yeast and barley and the fine-tunes roasting process that gives Guinness its signature dark-red colour. The red can be clearly seen when holding a pint against the light. The tour continues with the Arthur Guinness Story, which allows your group to learn about the company founder’s life, the Cooperage, where the important storage process is explored and Coopers Café, with its many Guinness-themed snacks.
With free miniature pint at the Guinness Tasting Experience, tasting experts will teach your group how to properly take in all of Guinness’s flavours. If the colourful world of Guinness advertising is of interest to your group, stop at the World of Advertising including the popular toucan and many other figures from decades of ad campaigns.
The ticket comes with a voucher which your group can redeem for a pint of Guinness at Gravity Bar, where they can enjoy the 360° view all over Dublin and all the way to the Wicklow Mountains. Minors under the age of 18 will receive a soft drink instead.
Monday to Sunday: 09.30 – 19.00 hrs (Last admission is at 17.00 hrs)
Longer opening times during July and August: Monday to Sunday: 09.00 – 20.00 hrs (Last admission is at 18.00 hrs)
The Guinness Storehouse is closed on Good Friday and 24th-26th December.
Notes for Group Leaders
The supervisory rule for trade, language and student groups is 1 adult (over 18’s) to every 15 junior students, i.e. children 17 years old and under.
Please note guided tours/audio guides are not available to student groups.
Important: leaders of student/minor groups with supervisory duty are prohibited from Guinness tasting.
Duration of Visit
Approximately 90-120 minutes.
St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland