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Guinness Storehouse – tour, tickets, prices, discounts, floors, Gravity Bar

Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin, Ireland, and ever since it opened in 2000 has welcomed 20 million visitors. 

During this must-do experience, you first learn about Ireland’s iconic drink and its 250-year-long history, then grab your complimentary pint of Guinness beer and head to the topmost floor to enjoy stunning views of the city. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Guinness Storehouse.

What to expect at Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse visit is a self-guided tour, where you explore the seven stories of the building and learn every aspect of the famous beer. 

While learning about Ireland’s long brewing history, you also get to see the world’s largest pint glass.

Explore seven floors filled with immersive exhibits showcasing the history, ingredients, and advertising of Guinness.

Enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar on the top floor, offering stunning panoramic views of Dublin.

The whole ambiance has a high-end nightclub-like feel, with good food and even better beer. 

Witness live demonstrations of the brewing process and learn about the art of making the perfect pint.

Browse through a wide array of Guinness merchandise and exclusive souvenirs to take home a piece of the experience.

Where to book tickets

Tickets for Guinness Storehouse are available online and at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

Because the Guinness Storehouse sells limited tickets, they may sell out during peak days.

Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the ticket booking page for Guinness Storehouse, select the preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets, and buy the tickets immediately.

Once you purchase tickets, they get delivered to your email address.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

Show the e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and walk in.

Please carry a valid ID with you.

Guinness Storehouse Ticket Price

For Guinness Storehouse Dublin, an adult ticket for ages between 16 and 64 costs €30.

For seniors above 64 years and students over 18 with valid student ID, the price is set at €26.

Children between five and 17 are charged just €10 for entry.

Kids under five, accompanied by adults, can enter for free.

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This is the cheapest and most popular Guinness Storehouse tour, and around 75% of the visitors opt for this experience. 

This skip-the-line ticket gets you access to all seven floors of the Storehouse and a complimentary pint of the Guinness beer. 

Ticket price

Adult ticket (18-64): €30

Senior ticket (65+ years): €26

Students with valid ID (18+ years): €26

Child Ticket (5-17 years): €10

Kids under five accompanied by adults can visit for free.

Guinness Storehouse combo tours

Since Guinness Storehouse tours don’t last for more than 90 minutes to two hours, tourists tend to combine them with other activities in the city. 

Combo Tours are a brilliant way to visit multiple city attractions in the vicinity at a highly discounted price.

Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour

Distance between Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery: 2 km (1.25 miles)

Time Taken: 10 minutes by Car

This trip is a 4-hour fully guided tour – first to Jameson Whiskey Distillery and then to Guinness Storehouse.

The tour starts at 1.45 pm from outside Jameson Whiskey Distillery’s entrance. 

At Jameson’s, you taste different whiskeys and learn about the three ingredients that go into making the world’s most famous Irish whiskey. 

After the tasting is over, you get your Whiskey Taster Certificate and head towards the Guinness Storehouse for the second leg of your tour. 

Ticket price (13+ years): €112

If you can only visit one attraction, check out this fantastic analysis on Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery.

Guinness Storehouse & Big Bus HOHO Tour

This is a perfect combo ticket if you are in Dublin for a short while.

You enjoy a day of Dublin sightseeing onboard a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, and towards the end of the day, get down at Guinness Storehouse to see the most popular attraction in the city.

This ticket comes in two flavors –  

Classic ticket: 1-day hop-on, hop-off, fast-track entry to Guinness Storehouse and a complimentary pint of Guinness

Classic ticket price (18+ years): €60

Premium ticket: 2 days hop-on, hop-off, walking tour, night tour, fast track entry to Guinness Storehouse and a complimentary pint of Guinness

Premium Ticket Price (18+ years): €73


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How to reach Guinness storehouse

Guinness Storehouse is in an old fermentation plant in the heart of St James’s Gate Brewery. 

Address: St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, D08 VF8H, Ireland. Get Directions.

Guinness Storehouse entrance

The main entrance of the Guinness Storehouse is on Market Street. 

All visitors – individuals, groups, wheelchairs, and pushchairs must use this entrance. 

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Walking to Storehouse

If you are in Dublin City Center, we recommend you walk the distance of 2.5 km (1.5 Miles) to Guinness Storehouse. 

The 30-minute walk is lovely and will also take you over River Liffey. 

By Bus

Buses take ten minutes from Dublin City Center to reach the Guinness Storehouse. 

You can board Bus No 123 from either Upper O’Connell Street or Dame Street

Buses run at a frequency of 8-10 minutes. 

You must get down at James Street (Stop 1940), from where the Guinness Storehouse entry is only 500 meters (one-third of a Mile), just a six-minute walk away.

By Tram

Luas is the tram/light rail system in Dublin, Ireland.

If a Tram is your preferred mode of transport, you must board the Luas Red Line and get down at James’s Luas Stop.

Once you get down, you must walk 1 Km (.6 Miles) to reach the attraction.

The walk usually takes 15 odd minutes. 

By Car

Put on Googe Maps to navigate to the Guinness Storehouse.

If you plan to travel by car, you can use the free parking available on Crane Street. 

It is a three-minute walk from the attraction. 

Since the slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, you may want to start early in the day. 

A limited number of wheelchair-accessible parking spaces are also available. 

If you don’t get a spot at the free parking garage, check out these paid parking lots – Q-Park Four CourtsSt. Augustine Street Car Park, and Q-Park Christchurch


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Guinness Storehouse timings

The Guinness Storehouse opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm on weekdays.

On Saturday, the Storehouse opens from 9.30 am to 5 pm, while on Sunday, it is open till 6 pm.

For two months a year – July and August – Guinness Storehouse stays open till 8 pm. 

The last entry is one hour before closure. 

The Guinness Storehouse remains closed from 24 to 26 December every year.


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How long does the tour last

The Guinness Storehouse tour is self-guided and lasts approximately 90 minutes. 

After their tour, visitors are encouraged to stay on for as long as they want and enjoy stunning views of Dublin from Gravity Bar. 

Since this is a relatively short tour, some tourists combine it with either the Jameson Whiskey Experience or the Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

Best time to visit Guinness Storehouse 

If you want to avoid the crowd and enjoy the experience at lower noise levels, the best time to visit Guinness Storehouse is between 9.30 am to 12 noon on weekdays. 

From noon onwards, long lines start forming at the ticket counter, and the exhibits inside also get crowded.

This is why we recommend buying tickets online, much in advance. 

The peak tourist season for Guinness Storehouse is from May to September. 

Is the Guinness Storehouse tour worth it?

The Guinness Storehouse’s 90-minute tour is a real bang-for-buck experience if you love beer, food, or history.

Having said that, even non-drinkers are known to say that their visit to Guinness Storehouse was totally worth it.

Here are five reasons why we think everybody must go on the tour –

  1. The Storehouse is not a monument or a museum. It is a different kind of tourist attraction with videos, interactive touchscreens, exhibits, and activities that help visitors learn how water, hops, barley, and yeast come together to make the trademark Guinness beer. 
  2. The Guinness Storehouse building is designed with creative visitors in mind, so you get to see smart quips and captions written all across the floors. Even the building itself is a brilliant design – it resembles a seven-story pint glass.
  3. There is a lot of history to learn – Guinness’ advertising campaigns over the last 200 years, transportation methods to send their beer across countries, etc. 
  4. There are few places where you can learn how to store, serve, and taste a pint of Guinness. More importantly, the tour ends in the Gravity Bar, the best place in the world to have a pint of Guinness.
  5. You also get 360° views across Dublin’s magnificent skyline from the Gravity bar. 

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Guinness Storehouse tour

Beverage connoisseurs and lovers of food-themed experiences enjoy the self-guided Guinness Storehouse tour.

In 2019, the Guinness StoreHouse had 1.7 Million visitors. 

Visiting Guinness Storehouse

 

Tourists go through the seven floors of pure fun and then sit down at the Gravity Bar and take in the views of the city.

If you want some guidance, you can opt for the ‘Beer Club Guided Tour’ at the venue. 

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An official guide takes you through the first three floors – about Guinness history, the Guinness family, the brewing process, and the advertising floor. 

This Guinness Tour also has audio guides in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Mandarin, which you can rent for two Euros each (from the ground floor).

For hearing-impaired visitors, a visual guide is available in international sign language.

Cancellation Policy

All Guinness Storehouse entry tickets come with a 24-hour cancellation guarantee – that is, you can cancel 24 before your visit date for a full refund. 

Inclusions

Every tour ticket also comes with a complimentary pint, which you can redeem at the Guinness Academy on the fourth floor, Arthurs’ Bar on the fifth floor, or the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor.

Can kids join the tours?

Guinness Storehouse is a child-friendly tourist attraction and even has room for prams and buggies. 

However, an adult must always accompany kids below the age of eighteen. 

Needless to say, kids below 18 won’t be able to drink or purchase a drink.

However, they can redeem their Guinness Storehouse ticket for a free soft drink. 


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Guinness ‘Behind The Scenes’ tour
This newly launched Guinness Brewery Tour is a ‘Behind the Gates’ 3-hour Guinness experience. The tickets are 95 Euros per person, and during the 3-hour walking tour, you access the Storehouse, the Roast House, Brewhouse 4, the underground passenger tunnel, etc. 


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Guinness Storehouse floors

This Guinness building has seven floors.

Visitors start their Guinness Storehouse tour on the ground floor of the building and end it on the seventh level. 

The sixth floor of the building is used for administrative purposes, and thus, there is nothing much for the visitors to see. 

Floors in Guinness Storehouse

Ground Floor

The Ground Floor has two parts – the Guinness Retail Store and an exhibit called ‘Our Brewing Story.’

1. Guinness Retail Store 

Guinness Flagship Retail Store is the most extensive collection of Guinness memorabilia and exclusive merchandise in the world. 

Some visitors pick up personalized engraved glasses at the Store. 

2. Our Brewing Story

In this section, visitors learn about the history of Guinness, what it takes to brew the beer, and the extraordinary lengths the company goes to make it the world’s number-one stout.

First Floor

The first floor of the building has three sections covering the founder, Arthur Guinness, the Master Coopers, and a themed Cafe.

1. The Arthur Guinness Story

This section narrates the story of Arthur Guinness, who was so confident about his brew that besides stamping his family name on it, he leased out St. James’s Gate area, where his brewery stood at £45 per year for 9,000 years. 

And that’s no typo!

2. Cooperage & Transport

Tip: A Cooper is a person who makes wooden casks, barrels, vats, buckets, tubs, troughs, etc. 

This section is about the role played by Master Coopers, who hand-made the wooden barrels in which Guinness got transported all over the world. 

The barrels used to be stacked so high that the pilots could spot them from their planes, earning them the nickname ‘Dublin Pyramids.’ 

3. The Cooperage cafe

Cooperage Cafe is a humble tribute to the barrels and the art of barrel making. 

If you wish, you can stop here to recharge yourself or stop at the 5th-floor restaurants. 

Second Floor – The Tasting Experience

This is the floor where you get into a multi-sensory tasting journey to understand the distinctive flavors of Guinness’s iconic beer.

First, you awaken your senses, then smell the distinct aromas, and finally taste the velvet-smooth sip to the very last drop.

Third Floor – World of Advertising

On the third floor, you enter Guinness’s World of Advertising and experience eighty years of groundbreaking print, digital, and TV campaigns.

In this section, you can also take a snap of yourself and imprint it on your beer pint.

They proudly call it the STOUTie.

Fourth Floor

The fourth floor of the Guinness Storehouse has two activities – the Guinness Academy and the Connoisseur Experience. 

1. Guinness Academy

At the Guinness Academy, visitors learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness and then drink it, too. 

After learning the six-step ritual, you get a Guinness certification.

2. Connoisseur Experience

If you like VIP experiences, you must opt for the Connoisseur Experience, where you get a private bar to yourself. 

And a personal guide takes you through the flavors during the tasting experience. 

Fifth Floor – Restaurants

Three of the Guinness Storehouse restaurants – Brewers’ Dining Hall, 1837 Bar & Brasserie, and Arthur’s Bar are on the fifth floor of the building. 

1. Brewers’ Dining Hall

The look, feel, and dishes at this restaurant take inspiration from the 18th and 19th-century dining rooms in the vicinity of the brewery.

Brewers’ Dining Hall features an open kitchen and offers iconic Guinness dishes and traditional Irish food. 

2. 1837 Bar & Brasserie

It was in 1837 that Guinness and oysters hit the headlines for the first time as a pair that went together rather well. 

This restaurant, with a relaxed ambiance, is perfect for small plates, hearty mains, and sharing platters. Download Menu

3. Arthur’s Bar

Arthur’s Bar is everything one would expect of an Irish bar – Irish hospitality, Guinness beers, light bites, and traditional Irish music for a bit of foot-tapping. Download Arthur’s Bar Menu

Seventh Floor – Gravity Bar

Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar on the 7th floor of the building offers excellent 360-degree views of the city.

And that is why the Guinness Storehour tour finishes here even as you sip a pint of the black stuff while watching Dublin’s magnificent skyline.

You can enter Gravity Bar only if you have the tour tickets, and once in, you can stay for however long you want.


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Guinness Storehouse reviews

According to Tripadvisor, Guinness Storehouse is the top attraction in Dublin, Ireland. 

Check out two Tripadvisor reviews on what’s best about the Guinness Experience. 

I like Guinness now

I’m not a fan of Guinness, but I loved discovering the history of the drink and company. The whole experience is very impressive and unique, and you can explore and discover at your own pace. We stopped for food in the restaurant, and I enjoyed the Guinness burger. I highly recommend it. 

Being able to pour our own Guinness was great fun, as was understanding the techniques and details behind the design of the glass. 

You can then enjoy your Guinness, but the most fun was the view from the top, 360 bar. – TravelWithRosy

Great and valuable 90 minutes

This tour was fantastic! Even though it is self-guided, there is accommodation for many languages, and the pace of the walking tour is perfect. 

The intermittent need for ushers to move the visitors was not oppressive but necessary. 

The ‘Perfect Pour’ segment was superb, and meeting in the upper ‘Gravity Bar’ was a real international experience. It is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys any type of beer. – N4825MGdennism

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