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Guinness Brewery, Dublin: 140 reviews and 215 photos


I've always considered that it is great shame that you can't see the internal workings of the Guinness brewery on a visit to the site. At one point in the exhibition a row of kegs on the production line passes through, but that is about it.

Your 14 euro (10% discount on-line) does however buy you entry to the Guiness storehouse with an absolutely first rate exhibition of brewing and the Guiness story spread out over several floors.

The exhibition, I believe, is the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland - the power of that black stuff is overwheming.

There are several highlights, including an old safe with the secret yeast recipe in. They still have a real one elsewhere on site, just in case a national disaster happens and the brew becomes contaminated. The exhibition about cooperage (making barrels) is especially well done. I rather liked the tradition that an apprentice after several years learning his trade would be 'initiated'. This consisted of putting him in a barrell of his own construction, filling it with anything revolting and disgusting that the qualified coopers could lay their hands on and then rolling it about in the yard for an hour or so. Delightful.

The real highlight is the glass of Guinness in the 'Gravity Bar' at the top of the building. It's worth going to the Guinness storehouse just for the view out over all of Dubin.

P.S. The black stuff still tastes better in Mulligans than at the brewery itself.

Address: St James Gate, Dublin 8
Phone: +353 1 4084804
Website: http://www.guinness.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 3, 2006
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