Ireland > Dublin
xnoxhatex (9) Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan | September 25, 2009
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This has got to be one of the coolest tours I’ve ever been on, meant for both the laymen Guinness enthuisiast and even the most geekiest and knowledgeable beer drinker. It has several multimedia presentations and (currently) a very interesting 250 year history of Guinness gallery. With a beautiful view of the city of Dublin and great food (even for a vegetarian), this was certainly a treat. Yes it was touristy but so is the rest of Dublin. Very fun and reccomended.
kseecs16 (201) Naperville, Illinois | September 21, 2009
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An expensive, very touristy destination but when you figure in the nice view from the top, the free pint and other tasting it really isn’t that bad and worth visiting. The place is a bit of a spectacle with the huge exhibits about the beer making process and Arthur Guiness worshipping. Also has a bar where you can get other varieties of Guiness.
Braudog (697) Hampton, Virginia | September 19, 2009
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September 2009 -- OK, so you have to go here once. It’s a major ripoff if you ask me, and swarming with tourists. But it’s a fun-enough brewery visit and its the easiest place to find the sometimes hard-to-find Extra Stout and even Foreign Extra Stout.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | August 21, 2009
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Visited on a Saturday in May, it was extremely busy with horse-drawn carriages lined up outside, droves of people waiting patiently in line, and 6 or 7 floors of tourists gradually filtering themselves upwards to the top bar. Really interesting self-guided tour for beer and history in general and as it applies to Guinness specifically, that’s just the museum part. The bars are at the top, the topmost not having even standing room for us to linger, but worth the 360 degrees of windows to look out about town. The bars one flight down were more interesting in terms of Guinness products. We tried a few things here that are not available anywhere else in Ireland -- we looked. Well worth the visit and entry fee, but leave yourself a couple hours to really soak up the history and samples.
jercraigs (259) Toronto, Ontario | May 26, 2009
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Its a massive tourist trap but its a FUN massive tourist trap. Got roped into being the Gate photographer for a group of other tourists who returned the favour. I had no idea the tour part would be so long, we spent a good part of the afternoon here. Bars are pretty sterile for the most part but the top floor Gravity Bar has a great panoramic view. Unfortunately we went on a Saturday and it was jam packed with people, and so warm in there I couldn’t stand to drink my pint up there so we brought it back down. The 5th floor bars have some of the other Guinness products, be mindful of the closing times, we missed out on them our first visit and had to sneak back in on a return visit! :) Kitschy, but worth doing if you have time as some of the exhibits are pretty cool.
trayns (23) Beverly Hills, Michigan | April 30, 2009
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Best view of Dublin. Free Pint of Guinness. The tour was so-so. In one trip I had the two extremes of Brewery tours with this high-tech version and the unembellished Cantillon Brewery Tour. But, this is worth the view and Pint.
Bransmark (12) Århus C, Denmark | April 10, 2009
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Nice to see the brewery and getting lectured on the history of this brewery.
Extremely good view from the 6th floor of this bar.
Special to have a Guinness on that very brewery.
Even though the bar staff was very buisy, I received a smile and a personal and good service.
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | April 8, 2009
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My friend is going this May and I find myself jealous since I went before I had a true taste for beer. An appalling loss, that 7% Guinness... The view is comprehensive, but Dublin is a factory town and is gray as you please. Completing the tour with this bar, however, is like a reward for getting a prize.
Spinshag (12) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | February 12, 2009
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The gravity bar has a great view. The Guinness is better in Ireland and right from the brewery’s tap. I like Irish stouts, but I miss Caffrey’s more than anything. A must see if in Dublin...
BeerVirgin72 (96) Pickerington, Ohio | September 17, 2008
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I visited here in October of 2006. We took a tour of Ireland, and we actually went here on our own. It was a must visit for us and this was BEFORE I learned of Ratebeer. I found this place fascinating. I had a total blast and referred to it often as one of the highlights of my trip. I loved the self guided tour becuause I prefer to do things on my own. I thought the price was reasonable for a tourist attration. I loved playing in the barley! I loved my silly little certificate I got for being an apprentice brewer, and you can not beat the view from the Gravity Bar. LOVELY. It was crowded for sure. I enjoyed buying souvenirs in the store, and the prices were really quite reasonable compared to the overall trip. I would definitely come here again next time I visit this lovely city.
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