When it comes to Ireland it doesn’t get more black and white then well… Guinness! It’s part of our heritage and I would wager there’s not a person over the age of 18 living in Ireland that hasn’t had, even just a sip, of the black stuff! Up until 2010 a pint of Guinness was even given to anyone who donated blood as it contains so much iron (you have to love the Irish, we’d have an excuse for anything).
On every tourists to do list when they come to Ireland is a trip to St. James Gate to see the famous Guinness brewery. It’s been at this location since 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease!
It’s easy to see why this attraction is so popular. It’s a huge showcase exhibiting the history of the brewery, the making of Guinness, the marketing campaigns used by Guinness and even has a room where they teach you how to pull the perfect pint (believe me, it’s an artistry).
They’ve really pulled out all the stops from interactive exhibits, to a sensory room and numerous bars and restaurants. However, it's when you reach the top level, the gravity bar, that’s what really takes your breath away. Your free pint (or mineral) is poured and then it’s time to drink in the views. The Aviva stadium, Phoenix Park, Poolbeg chimneys and the Stiletto in the Ghetto, aka the Spire, are just some of the iconic landmarks visible from this bar.