St James’s Gate

Photo: Ken O'Halloran

St James’s Gate

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Saturday 13 October
Sunday 14 October

On 31 December 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years at an annual rent of £45 for St. James’s Gate Brewery. The site consisted of four acres and the premises at the time comprised of a copper, a kieve, a mill, two malthouses, stabling for twelve horses and a loft to hold 200 tons of hay. From these humble beginnings grew an iconic global brand. Today, St. James’s Gate Brewery has two distinct levels north and south of James’s Street, occupying c. 50 acres. Inside the iconic Front Gate you can find a host of architectural gems which show the legacy of 259 years of industrial heritage, including No. 1 Thomas Street, Arthur Guinness’s former house, Vathouse 1 from 1798, Vathouse 2 from 1803, Brewhouse 2 from the1870s, the elegant Victorian Front Offices, the original Experimental Brewery from 1904, and of course, the Guinness Storehouse from 1904. Join us for this external guided tours of one of Dublin most iconic sites.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. This tour is not suitable for children.

Designed by: Many different architects
Building Date: Site of nearly 300 years old

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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