When in Dublin I went to the Guinness Factory, or the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for adults!
Its 7 floors all about Guinness. We spent about 4 hours in the place and I really have no idea where the time went. The first two floors were about what goes into Guinness and the history of how it was made.
The third floor was the tasting experience, which was all a bit silly. You have to queue up for about 10 minutes then a group of about 20-30 are taken down a dark corridor with tension building music playing in the background and then you enter this stark white room with four pods releasing water vapour that has the smell of the different elements of Guinness. Here they pour you a small glass of Guinness that you take to the ‘Velvet Room’ where a man teaches you how to properly drink it.
The next floor is full of advertising for Guinness, which I found the most enjoyable. They had statues made of some of their iconic advertisement, you could go into a photobooth and put your face in some of the famous posters and a few other cool things.
When you buy your ticket, providing you are 18+, you get a free pint of Guinness with it. You can either learn how to pour the perfect pint or go to the Gravity Bar and get it poured for you. The Gravity Bar is like a massive glass house where you can see 360 degree view of Dublin. We decided to learn how to pour the perfect pint, you had your ‘Teacher’ tell you the different steps and in the end you got a certificate saying that you can now pour the perfect pint. We took our pints to the Gravity Bar anyway so we still got to enjoy the views. I say get your pint by learning yourself because you then get a free souvenir! The Gravity Bar was nice but it got very busy up there and was difficult to find a seat and it also was a massive heat trap on the sunny day we were there.
We also had some lunch there on the second floor, which was really reasonably priced and tasty. We had Steak and Guinness Stew that was very filling. The only downside was there wasn’t enough tables for the amount of customers so we were lucky to get a table when we did.
I think it’s something you have to do when you visit Dublin, if it’s a rainy day it would be a great way to stay sheltered. We bought our tickets online so it was a little cheaper and we didn’t have to wait in a massive queue to buy them there. I found out and the very end that I’m not a fan of Guinness but I still enjoyed the day.