Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published August 24th 2017
The magical city of Dublin comprises countless globally renowned landmarks and plays host to numerous famous sights, yet none surpass that of the Guinness Storehouse. This remarkable building sits at the heart of the iconic St James's Gate Brewery, and offers both an incredible experience and incomparable views of the entire city.
With world-famous landmarks including The Spire, the General Post Office, Temple Bar and the various marvels of Phoenix Park, Dublin has plenty to offer in terms of experiences, yet there is simply no better place to visit than the Home of Guinness, where way back in 1759 Arthur Guinness incredibly signed a 9,000 year lease. Now well into that promise of offering this delicious drink to the world, the Guinness Storehouse offers lucky visitors the chance to witness exactly how the alcoholic beverage is made, sustained and delivered, as well as giving them a chance of a lifetime once inside this mesmerising building.
Situated on the outskirts of this truly special city, St James's Gate can be accessed by bus, walking, or even through the unthinkable horse and cart service that runs throughout the area. In a slightly remote area, one could be forgiven to think a quiet and peaceful day awaits, but this certainly isn't the case. Once inside this illustrious monster of a building, the peace of the area soon leaves as busy tourists assemble for their highly-anticipated tour of the Storehouse.
Guests can then travel around this iconic structure, venturing up and down the hundreds of stairs that line the impressive tower, learning about the history of Guinness, its origins, successful business model, branding and its unique taste. Through wandering these extremely interesting and intriguing halls and corridors, fortunate visitors can learn exactly how this acquired taste comes about, before exploring the method in which every pint of Guinness is distinctively served.
To top off this incredible experience, a spot at the top of the Guinness Storehouse at the Gravity bar is on offer, an area which provides simply extraordinary and unparalleled views of the entire city. In an appropriately perfect end to an outstanding tour, this bar offers a beautiful insight into Dublin city centre, proves just how synonymous this drink is with Ireland and epitomises just how significant this building is to both the city and to those who live there.