It’s a kind of true pilgrimage that that every year moves thousands of tourists to the sanctuary of the beer, the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. The birthplace of Guinness (Guinness Storehouse) is a mythical place. Built in 1904 as a fermentation plant, has been transformed into a museum in 2000. And here the history and popularity of beer, invented in the 18th century by Arthur Guinness, come together in a celebrating path of one of the icons of Ireland in the world.
The building which was restored under the supervision of the Superintendency for Architectural Heritage, retains much of the original structure and is spread over 7 floors, reproducing a pint of beer. The tour allows you, from floor to floor, to taste the almost sacred atmosphere that hovers around the Guinness. In a crescendo of waiting, emphasized by the increase in natural light as it rises upwards, one has the impression of being thrown upon the foaming waves of a giant pint which erodes the rooftops of Dublin. Blinded by the light (weather permitting), one cannot be but bedazzled by the magnificence of the place with a 360° view over the city. Here, metaphorically on the foam, is the Gravity Bar, a pub where you can enjoy a pint and the beautiful landscape at your feet.
It is no coincidence that the Guinness Storehouse is the first place among the most visited attractions in Ireland. A must which is now part of all Dublin’s city tours. Geographically located on the banks of the Liffey, is easily reached on foot from the city center. And is served by the red line Luas tram (Museum or Heuston stop). The entrance is on Market St. a few hundred meters from the two stops.
A word of advice, buy your ticket in advance through the official website of the Guinness Storehouse, in this way, you save a few dollars and, most importantly, you miss the omnipresent dense line at the entrance.