The Home of Guinness has always been great, but it's about to get a whole lot better.
The beloved Guinness Storehouse has this morning announced details of a really exciting €16 million expansion plan.
We're all well-familiar with the iconic Gravity Bar, right?
Everyone and their mother has been by now.
And the best part about this new expansion is that the Gravity Bar is set to double in size.
That's right - no more elbowing your way into the best selfie spot.
A whopping 16.5 million people have visited the Guinness Storehouse since its opening in 2000, and now there'll be plenty of more space for even more visitors.
“The Guinness Storehouse has become part of Dublin. It is the number one visitor attraction, and is a must-see and must-do experience; celebrated by the staff, by tourism in Ireland and by the people of Ireland. Staying ahead of the game, innovating and constantly investing has enabled us to provide a world-class experience of one of Ireland’s most iconic brands with huge international demand. We are now excited to reveal the next chapter of the Guinness Storehouse, the expansion of the magnificent Gravity Bar.”
Paul Carty, Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse
What else to expect?
Well, upon completion, the expansion will enhance the visitor experience, allowing the Guinness Storehouse to continue to provide a world-class tourism product, providing visitors with an immersive Guinness experience and a warm welcome to Dublin.
Subject to planning permission, it's hoped that construction will kick off in 2018 and will welcome visitors by 2019.
So start planning your trips now folks!
So how does one double a Gravity Bar in size?
The innovative plans announced today involve the creation of a new 360º space, which will directly link to the original Gravity Bar forming a unique panoramic space which can hold up to 500 people at any one time, doubling the current capacity.
You may be wondering if the Guinness Storehouse will close for construction?
The answer is no. The Storehouse and existing Gravity Bar will remain open as normal during the construction period.