Imagine that?! An old beer factory trumps the Blarney Stone and the Book of Kells as Ireland's most popular tourist attraction!
Designed as a seven story pint glass, the Guinness Storehouse gives visitors an interactive history of the Irish brew that culminates with a pint on the famous rooftop Gravity Bar.
The tour begins with the history of Arthur Guinness and his 9,000 year old lease, signed in 1759.
On the first floor, visitors learn about the four ingredients that go into Guinness: water, barley, hops, and yeast.
Each floor offers an interactive exhibit teaching visitors about the Guinness history. There are plenty of spaces for photo opps.
The Guinness story, told in the perfect pint.
Visitors are given a free pint of Guinness, which they can enjoy in the Perfect Pint bar, where you can learn how to pour the perfect pint and later, receive a certificate. Or you can enjoy your Guinness in the rooftop Gravity Bar.
I learned the fine art of pouring the perfect Guinness.
And, since I'm not a beer drinker, the Señor was doubly blessed. He poured the perfect pint and then enjoyed my beer in the rooftop bar.
When you start to get hungry, you can eat in the Storehouse's full-service restaurant, The Brewery Bar, or you can help yourself to the snack bar's specialty, Guinness Stew.
And shop all things Guinness to your heart's content.
Even though I'm not a beer drinker, I had a great time at the Guinness Storehouse. The museum is very user friendly, with handsets for non-English speakers, and the interactive layout brings the history to life.
If you're lucky enough to visit Dublin, make the Guiness Storehouse part of your itinerary.
Have you ever been to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin? Did you enjoy your pint in the pouring room or in the Gravity Bar?