“ Traditional Irish cuisine / Address: Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Dublin 8 / Tel: + 353 1 408 4800 „
I went to the Guiness Stonehouse when I went to Dublin a year ago with my friends, as we were told it was a ´must do` when in Ireland.
We had a full day in Dublin, so decided to do one of the hop-on hop-off tourist buses and seeing as the Guiness Stonehouse was on one of the stops we thought why not.
A ticket for an adult was Euro15.00 and if you were a student, it was Euro11.00. It was strange as there were machines where you could buy your tickets and there was no-one checking your tickets, so me and a friend decided we didnt want to pay the full amount and decided to buy the student ticket for Euro11.00, while two of my other friends paid the full price.
Upon entry through the turnstiles, there was no-one to check our tickets, so basically you basically you could have entered for free if you wanted to, but just not had your pint of guinness.
Upon entry, we there were a whole range of Guinness merchandise and all the staff wearing t-shirts and shirts with Guinness logos on so you could easily distinguish who was working there and who wasnt.
I remember being of the centre of the building and looking up. You could see the shape of a giant pint glass and the purpose was to make you feel like you were in a giant pint of Guinness. There was also a mini waterfall kind of display which I am not too sure why it was there.
There was a huge cabinet with different Guinness bottles, which was quite pretty to look at actually. At you went round the Stonehouse, you were explained (in writing on the walls) about how Guinness was created and how it has developed, by who and all the relevant details.
There were 7 floors in total and on one of the floors, you got a mini taste of Guinness. On the 6th floor, we were allowed to pour our own Guinness by showing our ticket. This wasnt actually a big deal to me as when I was in university and working in my local pub, I poured many many pints of Guinness, but my friends wanted to so I thought why not.
After pouring, we had to take our pints to the 7th floor to drink, where the bar area was located. If you didnt want to pour your own Guinness on the 6th floor, you would simply go to the 7th floor and show your ticket and the bar staff would pour it for you.
On the 7th floor, as mentioned was the bar area. However I felt it was really crowded and not quite big enough. The thing was aswell that the walls were made of glass which gave a lovely view, but as for the amount of people present, I didnt feel very safe at all. When we finally got a seat, we all felt a little more relaxed and could take in the surrounding view.
Overall, I thought that the Guinness Stonehouse tour is just too long. 7 floors about one product is a little boring for me. However, it is nice getting to the top and enjoying an alcoholic drink! Basically, you are paying Euro15.00 or Euro11.00 for the Guinness, as the tour is a little boring.
However it is a nice idea, but more interation and more interesting things would be nice, or just make it a little shorted. Upon exiting the Stonehouse, you pass through the Guinness merchandise store, which of course is expensive!
Overall I think it is JUST about worth visiting. They seriously need to make it a little more manageable though. We just about did it and we are fit and healthy girls in our early twenties (who love alcohol).