The famous Guinness beers are brewed at Saint James's Gate Brewery in Dublin. First opened in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, this brewery was located in an area that already had a thriving beer trade. However, Guinness grew faster than its competitors and became the largest brewery in the world in the 19th century. It no longer holds this distinction, although it remains the largest producer of stout beers in the world.
The Guinness Storehouse is a major tourist attraction for Dublin visitors. There are bars, a retail space and exhibits housed inside the 250-year-old warehouse, which sits in the middle of the Guinness brewery compound. Regular tours of the other parts of the facility are not offered, however.