The most popular tourist attraction in the country, the Guinness Storehouse, has announced details of a €16 million expansion plan, which will see the iconic Gravity Bar double in size.
With its panoramic 360 degree views over the city, the Gravity Bar has proven to be a highlight for the 16.5 million people who have visited the Guinness Storehouse since it opened in 2000.
Guinness said that 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'.
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Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that construction will commence in 2018 and will welcome visitors by 2019.
Speaking at the announcement, Paul Carty, Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse, said; "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."
In addition to the expanded Gravity Bar, the Guinness Storehouse Hub, a new facilities building, directly adjacent to the Guinness Storehouse building is also included in the plans. This three storey building will provide additional space for the Guinness Archives.