Jameson Distillery versus Guinness Storehouse

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If your first thought was how can those two beverages ever be compared to each other, let me just say I am comparing the PLACES not the beverages.  Both places are located in Dublin, and if you are on a time crunch and can only visit one I wanted to give you my honest opinion about which would be the better one to visit.  Please keep in mind that I do not like to drink Jameson or Guinness, so my views are going to be solely about the tours and buildings themselves. So without further explanation here it is, Guinness versus Jameson!

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The first thing we are going to compare is the price.  This honestly will probably hold very little weight during the decision making process, but I did want to include it.  The self guided tour through the Guinness Storehouse is €25.00 for adults.  This price does include a glass of Guinness.  For the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street, the guided tour is €20.00.  You will get some Jameson with this ticket price as well.

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Next on our list is the tours.  One is self guided and quite a few stories tall, while the other is a guided tour that consists of a few different rooms.  As mentioned previously, Guinness Storehouse is a self guided tour.  I enjoyed this aspect of it because I could take my time and learn what I wanted to, and skipped over what I didn’t want to.  My favorite part was the recipe wall.  So many different recipes and uses for Guinness, I fell in love with a few and brought them home to try. However with the Jameson Distillery, I felt I actually learned more.  Our tour guide knew what he was talking about and you could tell he loved what he did.  He went over everything and answered any and all questions not matter what they were about.  The best part of this tour was seeing the old books from when the distillery was first opened showing employees and families that worked there and equipment they used.

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Along the lines of the tours, is the age that the exhibits were geared towards.  Walking through the Guinness Storehouse, I got the feeling it was geared toward the younger crowd.  There were quite a few more colorful and fun exhibits along with photo booths and places to drink. The Jameson Distillery felt as though it was more refined and geared towards not necessarily the older crowd, but the “non partying” crowd.  To say it was more cut and dry makes it seem boring, but it wasn’t at all.  It was to the point and little to no frills which was much appreciated.

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The time you will spend in each varies as well.  We arrived at the Guinness Storehouse right as is opened and we spent about 2.5 hours walking around and hanging out at the Gravity Bar. For the Jameson Distillery we spent about 50 minutes in the tour and another 15-20 sitting at the bar afterwards.  If you are on a time crunch I would recommend the Jameson Distillery.  While you can finish the Guinness tour quickly, you never want to rush a self guided tour that you paid for.


Truth be told, I preferred the Jameson Distillery tour over the Guinness Storehouse.  My reasoning behind this is that I liked having someone explain everything to me and I felt it was geared more towards people like me who don’t necessarily drink Jameson but enjoy learning about the history and processes.  Drew enjoyed the Guinness Storehouse more.  He actually drinks Jameson, and didn’t like Guinness however after learning how to pour a proper glass, he has since decided he LOVES Guinness.   Both tours are worth the money, however I will say the Jameson Distillery does not have anything that compares to the Gravity Bar.

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Have you been to either of these places?  Which one was your favorite and why?

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15 comments

  • I’m with you. I don’t drink either but would go on the tours for the history aspect. Really beautiful pics in your post!

  • I’ve never been anywhere like the two places you’ve visited here! But after reading your post, I think the Guinness Storehouse is definitely the one for me!

  • I love going on tours of distilleries to see how different liquors are made. It’s such an interesting process, and there’s always so much to learn! I went to Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto last year and despite not liking beer, I loved the experience of getting to see how everything is made! It’s so cool.

  • Both of these look like really neat visits! I’m not too big on alcohol but they look like a fun time regardless 🙂

  • I haven’t been to either places. Even thou I’m not a drinking I still would like to go to both of them just to learn.

  • Guinness store house is the bomb. I haven’t been there tho but it looks really cool.

  • I haven’t been to either place yet – but would love to visit! Your photos are amazing.

  • I’ve been to the Jameson Distillery in Cork and found it fascinating! Also, I don’t like to drink it but the history of the tour and how great the tour guides are made the experience. Great read!

  • These both sound fun! If my husband and I visited, I think we’d disagree because he likes beer more but I prefer whisky!

  • I haven’t been into any of these places, they really look interesting since I frequently drink wine with my friends but never really knew the story behind them. I bet both of these places attract a lot of visitors.

  • I also don’t drink but I can appreciate the amount of history you can get from visiting these places, they look fascinating indeed

  • I think I would prefer the Jameson tour. I do occasionally drink Jameson, but I always prefer something that’s a little more educating.

  • I’ve never been to either of these places! I usually think of distillery tours being targeted towards people who drink that brand, but it’s really interesting to know that they actually offer some history!

  • I have never visited anywhere like the places you mentioned above but actually the tours sound super fun!

  • That looks like a beautiful sight. I love it!

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