You can't go to Dublin and not go to the Guinness Storehouse. Locals will tell you it's a complete rip off, but don't be swayed by them. We had pre-booked our tickets online and as they didn't specify a date or time we just waited until the most miserable day when we needed to hide indoors! It absolutely poured on our 3rd day in the city so that was where we headed. All we had to do was enter the booking number into a computer and out popped our passes. Make sure you don't forget this as you need your ticket to claim your pint at the end!
There are 7 floors in total where you can learn all about Arthur Guinness and the beginnings of the brand, the brewing process, how the final product was transported around the world and how they advertised through the years. Some parts were more interesting than others. My favourite was the tasting section! We learned how to really enjoy the different flavours of the drink. I'm still not exactly a big fan but hey I tasted chocolate!
The Guinness Academy was good too. You can either swap your ticket for a pint in the Gravity bar or learn how to pour your own at the Academy before you take it upstairs. I'd recommend the Academy! It's just a bit more fun and interactive. I've poured Guinness before so it wasn't exactly new to me but I still enjoyed the wee lesson! You get an official photograph and a certificate at the end to mark your achievement... I might get my Mum to frame it...
If nothing else, the tour is worth the money just for the Gravity Bar at the top. You can enjoy your pint while spotting landmarks and admiring panoramic views of the city from up high. Don't forget to have a look in the gift store before you leave - we picked up a bauble for our Christmas tree and some personalised glasses as a wee keepsake! We spent about 2-3 hours in the Storehouse so it kept us amused and dry on our rainy afternoon in Dublin. Tickets are £18 but you get a 10% discount when booking online.