Having become one of Dublin's top attractions, the Guinness Storehouse has been producing this most famous of dark ales since 1759, when founder Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year rental contract! Visitors to the factory can gain an insight into the entire process at the former beer fermentation factory, a seven-storey Chicago School-style building, and can even learn how to pour the perfect pint! The icing on the cake, of course, has to be rounding off your visit with a good pint (included in the entrance fee) at the Brewery bar. This also happens to be Dublin's highest bar (located over 45m above the ground), making it a great place to relax after a hard day's sightseeing whilst admiring the spectacular views of the city. Guinness is produced using water, barley (malted and roasted), hops and yeast and 10 million glasses of the stuff are drunk every day worldwide. It is, in fact, sold in over 150 countries. You might also be interested to know that the Guinness Book of Records was the brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, who was managing director of the company in the 50s. As for the old Irish harp symbol, this was initially the company's logo before the Irish government adopted it as an official emblem.
One of the famous slogans from the 1930s advertising campaign which is now part of the 'Guinness myth'.© iStockphoto.com / Liz Leyden
The colour, flavour and the richness of this stout beer are unique... Not to mention the taste!© Franck Iren
One of the famous adverts created by John Gilroy between 1930 and 1940: they are still used in pubs today to market the company© iStockphoto.com / Littleny
The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin allows you to discover the production secrets of the famous beer. The bar on the top floor offers a 360° view of the city.© H FougÞre / age fotostock