Having beaten the likes of the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace, Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse has been identified as Europe’s best tourist attraction.
Guinness was awarded this illustrious award by the World Travel Awards Europe, the award ceremony was held in Sardinia, where other European attractions, like Saint Petersburg, Russia, gained the title of top destination in Europe.
The chief executive of Failte Ireland, Shaun Quinn, has said: “in what is shaping up to be a record year for the sector, this win confirms that we must be getting something right”.
Guinness, began its life 256 years ago, when its founder Arthur Guinness, signed a mammoth lease set to span 9,000 years. Ever since then, St. James’s Gate, Dublin, has been the site of the brewery that makes Ireland’s most famous stout.
Since 2000, the storehouse has been open to visitors, giving them the Guinness experience, where people learn about the brewery’s history. They also get a chance to sample their signature stout, which visitors have been able to do since 2006, when a brand new wing of the brewery was established.
Probably one of the most famous visitors that has come through St. James’s Gate, was Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Their visit to Ireland four years ago, in 2011, was a historic visit, she was the first reigning British monarch to visit what is now the Republic of Ireland in 100 years.
Both Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were given a tour of the brewery, and were shown how to pour a pint using the famous pouring technique, although resisting the temptation to give it a try.