What made Ireland world wide famous? Red-haired lads and lasses, leprechauns with pots of gold, emerald lawn meadows, sheer cliffs and, of course, dark beer and Irish whiskey! These drinks attract crowds of tourists to Dublin. The interest of foreigners is so great that museums of Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey were opened in the capital.
We’ll tell you why these museums should be on your list of must-see places in Dublin. And you can book a skip-the-line guided tour of both museums at this link right now.
St James’s Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8
Official website: guinness-storehouse.com
Buses 51B and 78A (from Aston Quay stop), 123 (from O’Connell Street stop)
From 22 euro.
To skip the line, you can book your tickets online here.
Exactly here, at the gate of St. James the production of the famous stout began. Check out the Brewery at St. James’s Gate. The plant is still working, more than that there is a huge museum and several restaurants located on its territory.
The exhibition center was built initially as a brewery in 1902. But the owners’ plans changed and they decided to open a visitor center. The exhibition halls of the museum occupy seven floors of a glass atrium built in the shape of a giant beer glass. During the tour, tourists listen about the history of the plant and the beer production process, from the purchase of raw materials to advertising as well as distribution and transportation. The culmination of a visit to the museum is a tasting of a factory drink on the roof, in a bar with a panoramic view of Dublin.
After that, visitors are taken to a souvenir shop where they can buy mugs, clothes, magnets and any other memento with Guinness symbols. A variety of beer-flavored treats like chocolate, toffee, sweets will be an excellent souvenir from the capital of Ireland. There are two bars and three restaurants on site, where you can taste traditional Irish dishes.
It is much more exciting not just to walk around the exposition, but to listen to the stories of a professional guide. You can buy a ticket for a tour of the Guinness Storehouse online in advance by clicking this link.
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Bow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7
Official website: jamesonwhiskey.com
Dublin Bus Tour (Hop On Hop Off) Stop 20, Luas Smithfield stop
Book tickets online here
For two centuries until 1971, that was the place where famous Jameson Irish whiskey was produced. Then the management changed, the plant was abandoned and restored as a museum only in the nineties. It was reopened in March 2017 after a major renovation. The owners tried to recreate the original production process of the drink, but on a smaller scale.
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During the tour you will learn about the creation of Jameson and the history of Irish whiskey. You will even see the descendant of a cat who has guarded barley from mice for generations. The museum has an interesting interior, for example chandeliers are made from bottles. At the end of the tour, you will have a tasting of three types of whiskey: Irish, Scottish and American. After that, in the bar you can order either whiskey or any cocktail based on it, which is included in the price of the tour. The shop at the museum sells various types of whiskey, including the rarest ones.
Have a great trip!
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