Let’s face it, history is a lot more interesting to learn about when it involves beer. Fortunately, Guinness, one of the world’s most iconic brands, is steeped in history. Intricately entwined into the development and history of Dublin, the Guinness family has created a recognizable legacy and grown a brand loyalty that holds strong today not just in Ireland, but around the world.
Guinness in Dublin
Next time you make your way to Ireland, be sure to check out these five spots to experience Guinness in Dublin. Enjoy the first-hand the influence that Guinness has had in shaping Irish history and learn why the Guinness brand is about so much more than beer.
1. Visit the Guinness Storehouse
One of the top things to do in Dublin, often driving travelers both near and far, is a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Year after year a visit to the Storehouse has topped the to-do lists of visitors to Dublin who come seeking a warm welcome with a pint of the black stuff straight from the source. It is usually the top if not the first Guinness Experience in Dublin that people have once their plane touches the land. Book your priority entrance ahead of time through Get Your Guide's Self guided tour.
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If you’re ready to incorporate a visit to the Storehouse into your trip, you can sign-up for a tour of the facility before you go (best option to bypass the lines!). If pre-planning isn’t your cup of tea (pint of Guinness?) you can also book your tickets on site.
And explore the Dublin Guinness history
Once you have your ticket, you will be taken through the multi-level building with each floor offering its own unique experience showcasing the history of both the beer and the brand. Starting out on the lower level, you’ll witness first-hand the original lease from 1759 that rooted Guinness within the heart of Dublin nearly 257 years ago. Here, you’ll make your way into the exhibition room on the ground level and explore the simplicity of the ingredients and how they come together to make the so-dubbed ‘black stuff.’
Next, continue your journey through the levels to learn about the historical ad campaigns run by Guinness in their enormous viewing room and enjoy the surrounding television screen as it encompasses you in one of the company's most iconic ads: the surfer (and his wave-running horses, of course).
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2. See the Guinness Harp
Learn about the inspiration for the famous symbol of Guinness, the Brian Boru Harp, at Trinity College. With Guinness, the label says more than meets the eye. It features Arthur’s signature, the Guinness name, and its iconic harp. Many years later, the Irish government also sought to make the state symbol the harp; however, Guinness had patented the harp symbol for their beers and so the government opted for a backwards facing harp.
The advertising level and archives tour at the Guinness Storehouse dives even deeper into this unique side of the relationship between Ireland and Guinness. A visit to the old library at Trinity College gets you a firsthand look at the original harp that sparked the iconic symbol for the now world-renown brand.
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3. Explore St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen’s Green is the Park Sir Arthur Edward Guinness Made Available to the Public. Like the beautiful countryside of Ireland, green space in Dublin is abundant. Even in the heart of Dublin at St. Stephen’s Green, patrons can walk through the park’s paths taking in the views of the lake, joggers, and the commemorative monument praising the man who opened the park to the public in 1877: Sir Arthur Guinness.
Originally, the green space was isolated off only to local residents in the surrounding homes of the city's elites, but Sir Guinness changed this and assisted in the renovation of the park into the beautiful inner-city sanctuary visitors and locals love.
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4. St. Patrick's Cathedral
The Guinness Family Paid for the Renovations of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Museums and places of worship get a bad rep sometimes as being mundane and cliché outings for tourists. However, knowing more about the history of a place can turn it into a story-telling scavenger hunt.
As one of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, Dublin’s St. Patrick’s cathedral is yet another landmark touched by the Guinness family. Similar to the tumultuous history of Ireland and Dublin itself, the cathedral has experienced multiple stages of disrepair with the Guinness family stepping in to assist with renovations in the late 1860s.
5. Go back in Time at the Guinness Archives
At the Guinness Storehouse, new recipes are constantly being discovered. Mined by an active archival team, Guinness constantly unearths old recipes from their early years by digging through their extensive archives and re-examining the original brew-book.
Here, Guinness constantly revives old family-brew recipes, most of which have grown to become the favorites of beer drinkers around the world. A visit to the Storehouse takes you deep into this history through a tour of the archives (must be scheduled in advance) and the super-secret tasting room on the Connoisseur Experience allows you to taste their revived concoctions. No matter what you do, you’ll discover Guinness lore throughout the beautiful city of Dublin.
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Author bio: This article was written by Akila McConnell and Kelsey Kennedy. Akila McConnell’s mind (and waistline) expands as she eats and travels around the world. Follow her @atlfoodwalks. Kelsey Kennedy loves eating at home and abroad. Follow her at WanderingPeach.