Take a tour of the Guinness brewery in Dublin, which was named the best tourist attraction in Europe

One in every two visitors to Dublin visits the Guinness Storehouse

Extremely popular choice
The Guinness Storehouse, located in Dublin, Ireland, was recently named Europe's best tourist attraction by the World Travel Awards. According to Paul Carty, Managing Director of the Storehouse, one in every two visitors to Dublin visits the Guinness Storehouse, making it an extremely popular choice for tourists.

Scroll down to see what it's like inside the famous storehouse known for producing one of the world's top beers.

The Guinness Storehouse has seven massive floors for visitors to explore.

On the ground floor, visitors learn about the history and process of Guinness. Here's where there's a copy of the famous lease Arthur Guinness signed on December 1759.

On the first floor, a Master Brewer explains the step-by-step process of brewing Guinness beer. Visitors will learn how the barley is malted, roasted, milled, mixed with hot water, and mashed, before it turns into beer.

The first floor also houses the Cooperage exhibit, which showcases the ancient craft of cask making and the various transport methods used by Guinness for years.

On the second floor, the “Taste Experience” gives visitors tips on how to best hone the senses to note the flavors and tastes of the beer.

Here's where visitors can sample their first taste of the beer.

The third floor is filled with decades of Guinness advertisements from 1929 to today. There are tons of vintage posters and memorabilia, as well as interactive exhibits like photo-ops and a Drink IQ test that teaches visitors about the effects of alcohol on the body.

The Guinness Academy is on the fourth floor, where guests can practice pouring the perfect pint of Guinness using the brand's six-step process.

To pour the perfect pint, take a cool, clean, and dry Guinness branded glass and hold it under the tap at a 45 degree angle. Pull the handle forward until it’s horizontal and fill the glass about three-fourths to the top, leaving the surge to settle for about two minutes. Top the glass by pushing the tap handle backwards but don’t let it overflow.

Here, guests also learn about the four main Guinness varieties — Guinness Draught, Original, Foreign Extra Stout, and Black Lager — and taste them.

There are two restaurants on the fifth floor: Gilroy's, which offers traditional Irish food with formal waiter service; and Brewer's Dining Hall, which offers a more relaxed and casual environment.

Finally, on the seventh floor is the Gravity Bar where guests can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness while getting 360-degree views over Dublin.

The space has incredible views of the city.

There's also a store where visitors can buy all sorts of Guinness gear and merchandise before heading out.


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