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Visiting Guinness Storehouse with Kids

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March 17, 2019

During our visit to Northern Ireland we couldn’t leave without heading over the border for a whistle stop tour of Dublin, as it is only a couple of hours drive from Belfast.

Hubby is a Guinness drinker, so visiting the Guinness Storehouse was the first thing on our list to do, plus kids under 13 go FREE, which is always a bonus.

Guinness

If you are travelling by car, there is also complimentary parking for Storehouse visitors on Crane Street.

Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin and so confident of his product was he that he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum for the unused brewery, which is on display at the start of the self-guided tour.

The tour is set over seven floors in a converted grain storehouse that is part of the 26-hectare brewery.

On the ground floor you start with the Brewing Story, finding out exactly what it takes to make the worlds most iconic stout, from the grain they use, to their special yeast, giant hops and even their tools.

Tools

They even have their own indoor waterfall.

The tour flows in one direction and each floor is accessed either by escalator or lift, so is perfectly accessible to all.

I was worried that the kids might get bored, however, the tour is very interactive, with lots for them to see and do especially during the brewing process.

The museum then moves on to the people behind the product, from how the beer is transported in barrels made by expert coopers to how the beer gets around the world.

We were most impressed by a giant 12ft wooden sculpture in the middle of the museum.

Next up is the tasting experience, which starts in a white room a bar at one end. There are four podiums, each which emits a different smell of the elements that you will find in a pint of Guinness.

The bar attendant then talks you through the sights and smells – did you know Guinness is actually red and not black?

You are then given your sample, in the cutest miniature Guinness glasses, before heading into a plush lounge area to enjoy your sample.

Sampling is strictly for over 18’s, but we did get Isaac to pose with the glass, just to show how small it actually was.

It was then up to the next level for the kids favourite part of the tour – Guinness Advertising.

There is over eighty years of groundbreaking print, digital and TV campaigns in the Guinness® World of Advertising.

You can immerse yourself in their history of advertising, interact with the ads, spot the whistling oyster and take a memorable snaps in fun booths depicting Guinness advertising.

Fish Bicycle

On the next floor is the Guinness Academy where you learn to pour the perfect pint – did you know it takes 119.5 seconds!!

You can even make your own instagrammable pint – the #STOUTie, where they use a special machine to paint your picture on the top of a pint of Guinness.

The final part of the tour is the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness whilst looking over the beautiful city of Dublin. The kids were also given a free soft drink to enjoy.

There is also a choice of four lovely restaurants, serving traditional Irish food and snacks to choose from and a gift shop full to bursting with Guinness themed products.

Tickets to the Guinness Storehouse cost from €18.50 per person online, in advance and kids under 13 are FREE. The prices vary during the day with the cheapest tickets being at 9.30am.

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  1. Reply

    Mandy

    March 18, 2019

    It sounds like a great tour and really good to know that your kids enjoyed it as well – my husband would love to go there so hopefully we’ll manage it one day

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    March 18, 2019

    It sounds like somewhere interesting and fun to visit. Sound like the kids had a good time in the advertising section.

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    Stacie

    March 18, 2019

    I think it’s great the way Guinness made their tour fun for both kids and adults. Its the first time I’ve ever seen a brewery tour that the kids wouldn’t be bored to death with.

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    Talya Stone

    March 18, 2019

    What a fun and interesting tour…it looks really educational for the children too and definitely something for everyone.

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    Anosa

    March 18, 2019

    I missed this on my last visit to Dublin, I didn’t know there was parking nearby, this is important information.

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    Sarah

    March 18, 2019

    I’ve heard about this place but I honestly never thought of it as a good place to take kids, but it sounds like a lot of fun and it’s great that there are interactive things to see and do!

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    Tracey Kifford

    March 18, 2019

    Do you think anyone would notice if I just copied your entire trip, day by day!! This is another place we’d love to visit!

  8. Reply

    Heather

    March 19, 2019

    I wouldn’t think to bring my kids there, but I bet my husband would really love it.

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    fashionandstylepolice

    March 19, 2019

    I have never heard of this place before. Sounds like a great place to explore.

  10. Reply

    Michelle Murray

    March 19, 2019

    We went on a Guinness Tour in Ireland it was really informative and nice experience

  11. Reply

    Norafiqin

    March 19, 2019

    I’m not a fan of beer but I do like the sounds of an indoor waterfall! Will definitely have to check this out when I finally make my way to Dublin.

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    Nadia - Scandi Mummy

    March 19, 2019

    Looks like a dream for any Guinness fan. Glad to see it can be a learning experience for kids, too.

  13. Reply

    Deborah Nicholas

    March 19, 2019

    Wow that looks great, ive never visited ireland!

  14. Reply

    Laura Dove

    March 19, 2019

    Ooh this is my husbands idea of an amazing day out!! I bet the kids would enjoy it too!

  15. Reply

    Allie

    March 19, 2019

    I love that they do instagrammable pints! So fun! Bucket list item is Ireland and now the Guinness Brewery

  16. Reply

    Catherine

    March 19, 2019

    Sounds and looks like such a great activity for a day out with the family!

  17. Reply

    Sara Welch

    March 19, 2019

    Sounds like there was fun to be had by everyone; the brewery looks so cool!

  18. Reply

    Beth Pierce

    March 19, 2019

    I would love to visit the Guinness Brewery! It looks like there was something for everyone!

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    Rowena

    March 19, 2019

    It’s so good that they make the tour fun and interactive for kids too – it sounds great fun. Would love to visit Ireland and now the Guinness brewery tour is definitely on the list of things to do (I don’t mind a cheeky half pint of Guinness)!

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    Kirsty

    March 19, 2019

    I would never have thought this would be a place to take children but the amount of interaction and activities for them to try and learn about the course and history of Guinness is amazing. How lovely to be able to sit down afterwards and enjoy a glass with a stunning view.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    March 19, 2019

    I’d love to visit the Guinness Storehouse. After all, Guinness is such an iconic product! Looks like there is plenty to do for everyone.

  22. Reply

    Anne Wright

    March 19, 2019

    it looks like you guys had fun. i would love to go there one day.

  23. Reply

    WhatLauraLoves

    March 20, 2019

    I’ve been to the Guinness Storehouse a couple of times now and thoroughly enjoyed my visit on both occasions; although I only like Guinness with blackcurrant in it! xxx

  24. Reply

    Becca Wilson

    March 20, 2019

    This looks like it would be such an intriguing trip. I love to visit places like this and learn!

  25. Reply

    Kita Roberts

    March 20, 2019

    While a brewery seems weird to bring kids to at first, I know that they really get a kick out of seeing how things are made, and that process seems pretty well established at Guinness 😉 I’m glad everyone had a great time!

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    Shannon Gurnee

    March 20, 2019

    My husband would love to visit this place. I love beer and would definitely check it out too.

  27. Reply

    Felecia Monique

    March 20, 2019

    Looks like your husband and little ones enjoyed themselves. Sounds like a good time!

  28. Reply

    Jess Howliston

    March 20, 2019

    Oh wow this looks like a fantastic tour with so much to see, do and learn about. I didn’t realise there would be so much for kids to do too!

  29. Reply

    Alexandra Cook

    March 20, 2019

    Wow, this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family

  30. Reply

    Va Anne Rome

    March 20, 2019

    That was a great experience. Looks like the kids really enjoyed it. I would love to go here and bring my kids too!

  31. Reply

    Kira

    March 20, 2019

    Oh my god Scott would love it here, he is such a big kid . He loves his Guiness!

  32. Reply

    Melanie williams

    March 20, 2019

    What a fab day out for the family. Looks like you had a cracking time for sure xx

  33. Reply

    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    March 20, 2019

    This brings back some very happy memories for my folks who visited years ago. My mummy drinks Guinness and Black and still has a little keyring somewhere with a drop of storehouse Guinness in! Great piccys!

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    Emily

    March 20, 2019

    Wow, this tour looks like it was so much fun! I’ve always wanted to tour a brewery, and now I want to more!

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    Sincerelymissj

    March 21, 2019

    My husband would of loved this. He loves Guinness beer

  36. Reply

    Lindsey

    March 21, 2019

    This would make for a great fathers day present. My dad loves a Guinness.

  37. Reply

    Laura Schwormstedt

    March 21, 2019

    I visited this place before having kids and enjoyed it then, I know the kids would enjoy it now despite it being about beer it’s really family friendly
    Laura x

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    Newcastle Family Life

    March 22, 2019

    I think I will have to visit here when we visit Dublin to see family later in the year x

  39. Reply

    Amanda Millie

    March 22, 2019

    Sounds like a fun family day trip. My husband loves Guiness, he would totally be up for this type of adventure

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