dublin to cliffs of moher

do you think it is possible to tour the guiness storehouse and make it to the cliffs of moher by car before they close?

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8640 posts

viamichelin.com gives an estimated driving time of just under 4 hours. I'd allow a minimum of 5 hours.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7675 posts

I would think that would depend on what time your tour at Guinness was over.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17738 posts

danielle, That will depend on how quickly you tour the Guinness Storehouse. The tour is self-guided, so you can move as quickly or slowly as you want. The tour starts on the main floor (next to the gift shop, of course) and then progresses up through various floors, culminating in a stop at the Gravity Bar where you'll be able to enjoy your "free" pint of expertly pulled Guinness. You don't have to indulge in the pint, but it's included with the cost of the tour. One other factor to consider is that there's often a LARGE queue to even get into the Storehouse, so that's going to add time. I suspect you're going to have to choose between the Guinness Storehouse and the Cliffs of Moher, as it's doubtful you'll have time to do both in the same day. Is there any possibility you could spend at least one night in Dublin? Another interesting and significant site to visit is the Kilmainham Gaol. Cheers!

Posted by yola
jupiter, usa
10 posts

Thanks for all the advice. I would rather do the Guiness Storehouse but my husband insists on the cliffs. I know you can buy tickets online so I wasnt sure if that cuts down on time.

Posted by Jim
Bern, Switzerland
341 posts

"I would rather do the Guiness Storehouse but my husband insists on the cliffs." Hi Danielle, Most people I know are disappointed with the Guinness Storehouse, because it turns out to be not what they expected - it is mainly a multimedia presentation. In fact the last party I showed around it, when straight to the Gravity Bar after going through the first floor... Given the choice between it and the Cliffs, the Cliffs would win hands down for me. I hope you enjoy it, but be ready for a disgruntled husband ;-) There was a time when the tour of the Guinness Brewery really was something, but now honestly what they have could be presented anywhere... the only thing missing would be the smell of the hops. Jim.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7675 posts

I agree with Jim. The Guinness Storehouse is expensive, and you don't see anything of the brewing process, just one long "commercial", and lots of buying opportunities for the same Guinness souvenirs that you can buy all over Ireland. The Cliffs are a magnificent natural wonder in a beautiful area of the country that feels more "Irish" than the city. It would never be my choice to miss the Cliffs, or waste and money at Guinness. On another current thread there is this quote: "Guinness Storehouse took the "Complete Waste of Time" award as my daughter called it! It's very multimedia rather than showing the real thing, so apart from the view at the gravity bar, there was not much for them to do there."

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17738 posts

danielle, I tend to agree with the others. If you only have time for one, the Cliffs of Moher would be a more worthwhile place to visit. In addition to actually "seeing" the Cliffs, there is an interesting Interpretative Centre built into the side of a hill. That will also take some time to tour. The tour through the Guinness Storehouse provides a look at the brewing process, but I agree with an earlier statement that it's also a big sales pitch, with visitors funnelled through the souvenir shop both coming and going. As I mentioned earlier, there's often a long queue to even get in the door, so would probably not be an efficient use of your limited travel time. Cheers!

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
963 posts

Can't even imagine comparing the two. The Guiness storehouse was a total letdown for me. Much better brewery tours elsewhere.

Posted by Sherri
Goleen, Co Cork, Ireland
69 posts

Are you staying near the cliffs that night? You could see some of Dublin then drive to cliffs in the evening then see them in the morning. If driving back to Dublin then it's way too much driving. There's lots to see on the way as well so the times given are without stops.