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Home | News | Marketing | Guinness Warehouse €16m boost

Guinness Warehouse €16m boost

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Artist's conception of renovated rooftop Gravity Bar

And it’ll be easier to enjoy a pint with a panoramic view

One of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, the Guinness Warehouse at St James’s Gate in Dublin, is to benefit from an expansion of its rooftop bar.

The Gravity Bar, which is shaped the resemble the head on a pint of Guinness and from its vantage point offers sweeping views of Dublin, will be doubled in size as part of the €16 million project.

A new 360 degree space will directly link to the original Gravity Bar, offering panoramic views. It will be able to hold up to 500 people at any one time, doubling the current capacity. The existing Gravity Bar will remain open as normal during the construction period.

Paul Kelly, CEO Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, described the investment as a vote of confidence by brand owner Diageo in the potential of Irish tourism.

He said, “The Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland’s leading attractions and an iconic destination which almost everybody who comes to Dublin will seek out and I very much welcome today’s development – it’s great for tourism and it’s great for Dublin.”

In addition to the expanded Gravity Bar, the Guinness Storehouse Hub, a new facilities building directly adjacent to the Guinness Storehouse building, is included in the plans. This three storey building will provide additional space for the Guinness Archives, chronicling the history of Guinness over a long 257 years, along with retail storage and employee hub.

The expansion is subject to planning permission. It is hoped that construction will begin in 2018 and be ready to welcome visitors in 2019.

The Guinness Storehouse opened its doors to enthused stout-loving tourists in 2000 and since then has welcomed more than 16.5 million visitors. It is routinely one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations.

Recent years have seen the Guinness Storehouse open a new food experience, Guinness and Food, and the Guinness advertising exhibit, the world’s most unique and innovative celebration of Guinness advertising.

 

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