How to skip the queues
The waiting line for the ticket office may be quite long, especially on weekends and busy periods.
You can skip it by booking your ticket online, which is even 10% cheaper than buying it on site. The ticket is not attached to any specific date or time slot, and you have the whole year to use it!
Check the online ticket options, as sometimes you may have reductions or promos (cheaper ticket price if visiting in the morning, for example).
You can also skip the queue if you’re a Dublin Pass holder (for more details about this card click here), and your admittance will be free.
Crowds inside the Guinness Storehouse
Prefer the morning hours to avoid crowds, they’re the smallest right after the opening.
The Storehouse gets rather packed already by noon.
There are different dining options inside, as well as bars. Don’t skip the popular Gravity Bar at the 7th floor with a great view of the city after your self-guided tour is over. During busy periods it may be hard to find a place to sit, in this case you should either wait a bit for the tables to get free, or head to the 5th floor for a quieter pint.
Don’t miss the Perfect Pint experience: on the 4th floor Guinness ambassadors will teach you the six steps behind the art to pouring your Guinness pint.
There’s a free pint already included in your entry ticket price. You can get it in the Gravity bar or pour it yourself in the “Perfect Pint” bar. Just keep in mind that the wait for this experience can be 20 minutes or more, as the bartender lessons are conducted in small groups.
The tour will take at least an hour of your time. How much time you will spend in the bar afterwards depends completely on you. Plan 10-15 minutes more of waiting at the entrance if you come without ticket (significantly more if coming in high season).
Think about going with a lot of friends that aren’t big beer drinkers. Once the tour is over and you get to the bar, you can cash in all of their tickets for free Guinness!
Photo credits to Nico Kaiser via Flickr
Busy periods in Dublin
Avoid coming during high season: from May to September, with a particular tourist peak in July and August. That’s when the queue outside the brewery can take an hour. It is strongly recommended that you buy tickets online during this period.
Another very popular period is St.Patrick’s Day and the week surrounding it (mid-March). It’s a real visitors’ boom in the Guinness Storehouse, with extra events and concerts taking place.
Low season is from November to the end of February, crowds won’t gather as much during these months.
View from the Gravity Bar
Photo credits to psyberartist via Flickr