An Icon to Dublin
The Guinness Storehouse is no doubt at the epicentre of Dublin’s must-see cultural and historical landmarks. Any Irish person can tell you all about how the beer has made a name for us all over the world and it’s not just an old reliable on a night out in an Irish pub, it’s also probably the most globally renowned symbol of Ireland to ever hit the international market. Go to any big European city, any Irish bar in the United States or even in North Africa and Asia and you won’t struggle too hard to find a Guinness.
Having grown up in and around Dublin my entire life, I never really took the time to hop on the Luas and visit the factory where this world famous beer is made, besides what do you do when you’re from Ireland and you’re already well acquainted with everything there is to know about the iconic stout? Well…you take advantage of the photo opportunities of course.
The first thing to know about the Guinness Storehouse is that it’s incredibly expensive for tickets. We paid €25 each for entry (big yikes) whereas if we had bought the tickets online the cost would have been a little cheaper.
Honestly for what the factory is €25 is way too overpriced but I guess that’s the price to pay for being a tourist.
Inside there many floors with my favourite being the one where the factory showed off all of the marketing techniques and advertisements for Guinness. There were so many decorations that were iconic to Dublin and all of the signs you see on the gate behind me are the type of things you’ll always find in the local pubs around Ireland and even on the streets of Dublin.
Of course the most amazing thing in the entire factory was the light and the decorations which all described the process that goes into creating the taste of Guinness. The waterfall behind me is used to describe how even the quality of the water used in the beer is chosen carefully to correspond with the quality of the beer. Water is extracted from the nearby Wicklow Mountains and it was cool to know that everything is very fresh and locally made.
I’m not going to lie when I say that I don’t know a whole lot about beer and I’m not a big Guinness drinker but I can’t ignore that the setting was beautiful. In real life the waterfall was a midnight blue colour under the light but for some reason my camera picked up an entire spectrum of colour reflected in the water.
Posing for a photo (or a hundred) was a must!
The lights in the factory were so photogenic. We really got in so many great photo opportunities! My one regret is not having more outfits to change into because I seriously wasn’t expecting there to be such an futuristic/industrial vibe.
And of course at the end of the visit we enjoyed some pints and listened to some live trad music in the bar.
And that’s it for this post. I really hope you guys enjoyed! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever been to Dublin.
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you very soon.