Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® opening hours?

    The Guinness Storehouse is open 7 days a week

    9.30am - 7pm (last admission is at 5pm)

    Late opening

    During July and August until 9pm.

    9.30am - 9pm (last admission is at 7pm)

    Open all year apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & St. Stephen's Day

  • How do I get there?

    Please click here to view the map and directions for GUINNESS STOREHOUSE®.

  • Can we go into the brewery?

    Whilst we'd love to welcome you through our famous gates, we cannot offer brewery tours due to health, safety and security reasons. That's why we've brought the entire Guinness® brewery experience to life at the Guinness Storehouse.

  • How long is the visit?

    The Guinness Storehouse experience is a self-guided tour. We recommend allowing at least 1.5 hours to explore, but you can stay for as long as you like. We've never been ones for rushing.

  • Do I have to book in advance?

    You do not have to book in advance for self-guided tours, but we recommend it. Booking online entitles you to a discount of up to 26% on adult admission, as well as the opportunity to skip the queue on arrival. However, all guided tours do need to be booked in advance. Book tickets online now.

  • How will I receive my tickets if I book online?

    You will be sent a confirmation email with a unique reference number. All you need to do is bring this booking reference number with you and present it at the information desk on arrival to gain entry.

  • Do I have to purchase a ticket to visit the restaurants?

    We look forward to welcoming you at the Brewers' Dining Hall, 1837 Bar & Brasserie and Arthur's Bar, but we ask that you first purchase a ticket so you can enjoy the Guinness Storehouse experience in its entirety.

  • Is the building wheelchair accessible?

    Yes. We have lifts throughout the building to facilitate access for wheelchair users.

    Learn more about wheelchair friendly access

  • Is there car parking available?

    Free parking is just minutes away on Crane Street and is offered on a first come, first serve basis. Parking on Market Street is reserved for coaches.


  • How old is the building?

    It was built in 1904 and it was used for fermenting beer until 1988

  • Can I take photos and videos inside the Guinness Storehouse®?

    Of course. We're not shy. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter and make sure to tag us in your pics!

  • What's the percentage of alcohol in GUINNESS®?

    GUINNESS® Draught is 4.2%
    GUINNESS® Extra Stout is 4.2%
    GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout is 7.5%

  • What temperature is Guinness served at?

    We're nothing if not precise; a perfect Guinness should be served at 6-7 degrees centigrade.

  • How many calories are there in a pint of GUINNESS®?

    There are approximately 198 (intensely satisfying) calories in each pint of the Black Stuff.

  • What is the difference between Porter and Stout?

    Porter was invented in London in the early 18th century and quickly established itself as a popular drink among England's working class. Stout was originally a term used to describe a stronger type of porter. Ever the pioneer, Arthur Guinness began brewing this new drink in the 1770s and was the first Dublin brewer to cease brewing ale altogether in favour of porter.

  • Does GUINNESS® Draught use the same brewing recipe as Extra Stout?

    There's no point messing with perfection, which is why the recipes for Guinness Draught and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout are very similar in all aspects. Guinness Draught is dispensed using a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide to produce the famous tight creamy head, while Guinness Foreign Extra Stout has more carbonation.

  • Are we drinking the same GUINNESS® today, as in Arthur's day?

    Basically, yes. Modern brewing methods help us to preserve the Guinness legacy, enabling our Brewers to create products of the highest quality - beer that Arthur would be proud to put his name to.

  • I live in the USA. Does my Guinness Draught come from Dublin?

    Yes. Our world-famous stout travels straight from the source to reach your shores.

  • Is the 9,000 year lease still valid?

    The 9,000 year lease signed in 1759 was for a four-acre brewery site. Today, the brewery has expanded to cover over 50 acres. The 1759 lease is no longer valid as the company purchased the lands outright many years ago. So don't worry, we're not planning on going anywhere.

  • What is the significance of the Harp symbol? Why does it appear on GUINNESS® glasses and what is its connection with GUINNESS®?

    The harp is an ancient Irish symbol. It was first used to represent Guinness stout in 1862 when the first buff oval bottle label was introduced and is now recognised the world over as a sign of unparalleled Guinness quality.

  • What is the sustainability policy at Guinness Storehouse?

    Sustainability and enhancing the environment, safety and wellbeing of the Dublin communities has been a core philosophy of the Guinness company since it was founded. We, at Guinness Storehouse, are committed to retaining this philosophy by having a positive impact in the community where we do business, and to preserving the local area where our visitors and colleagues work, live and play. We embrace our responsibility for stewardship and are committed to integrating leading sustainability principles across all our stakeholder engagement and core business strategy.

    Our commitment to sustainability is an intrinsic part of the strategic goals and objectives for the business and gives direction to our operational and management systems. The management and staff at Guinness Storehouse are committed to applying the necessary resources and continual improvement required to ensure that the following objectives and targets can be met:

    • Compliance with all relevant environmental, health & safety and social regulations and legislation;
    • Compliance with the requirements of the Sustainability Management Standard ISO20121 as well as the ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 standards;
    • Establishment of a frame work for reviewing site specific Sustainability Objectives and Targets;
    • Minimisation of energy, water use, solid waste, greenhouse gas, air and effluent emissions at source;
    • Optimisation of the use of raw materials;
    • Prevention of pollution and other negative social impacts;
    • Minimise the short term and legacy impacts our business and visitors have on the locality
    • Training and motivation of employees so that they can conduct their work in a safe, environmentally, socially and financially responsible manner;
    • Treating all stakeholders and employees with fairness, equality and respect at all times, in particular stakeholders with disabilities.
    • Deployment of adequate resources to ensure that the sustainability policy can be fully implemented;
    • Public availability and communication of the sustainability policy to all interested parties.

    The commitment, pride and enthusiasm of all who work at and support Guinness Storehouse is our most precious asset; success in meeting our sustainability objectives will come from the combined efforts of all staff and contractors. Ensuring a sustainable future for all stakeholders is fundamental in ensuring that Guinness Storehouse will continue to prosper. Management will lead by example and review progress regularly.

  • I’m a vegan. Is it true that Guinness is now suitable for vegans?

    Yes, it is from the keg format for now. Our new filtration process has removed the use of isinglass as a means of filtration and vegans can now enjoy a pint of Guinness.

    All Guinness Draught in keg format is brewed without using isinglass. Full distribution of bottle and can formats will be in place by the end of 2017, so until then, our advice to vegans is to consume the product from the keg format only for now.

  • Are the other Guinness variants eg. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout suitable for vegans now?

    We are working on those. The other Guinness variants will be suitable for vegans at the end of 2017.

  • Did you have to change the recipe to make it suitable for vegans?

    No. Isinglass was purely used as a means of filtration. The recipe for Guinness has not changed.

  • Are cans and bottles of Guinness suitable for vegans now?

    Production and distribution has commenced on the bottle and can formats of Guinness Draught. It will take some time to reach the full scale distribution of these formats, but this is expected by the end of 2017.

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