St. James’s Gate Brewery is a big tourist attraction in Dublin. So last time when I was in Dublin I thought, that it’s enough of paperwork for one day and decided to play tourist, which turned out really great.
If you happen to be in Dublin for one or two days, consider buying a ticket for one of the “hop on hop off” busses. there are few different companies but the routes are pretty much the same. The ticket costs around 15 euros each, but it’s valid for 2 days, gives dicounts for some tourist attractions and you can use these busses to travel around the whole city center, and even to the Houston train station.
Back to the brewery – the whole building looks very industrial and serves as a museum of all kind of technical equipment used to harvest raw materials and produce Guinness. You start at the huge hall with the exposition of different Guinnes bottles, and then start with the very basics of the brewing process – a huge jar of barley and a waterfall, few floors of machinery, termometers, press-machines.
Somewhere half way you can taste the product, there are some samples for free )
The tour is not over on that stage, you still have to climb to the top of the building and to see the boats, ships, trains that were used to transport Guinness kegs. The top floor is the Gravity Bar – a round room with the glass walls, you can see a lot of Dublin from there.