When I arrived in Dublin by plane, I got off the plane, picked up my dublin city attraction card thing (I paid a lump sum to go to a bunch of places, ya know the drill) and used it to get on a shuttle to the city center. I reached the city center, found my hostel (very easily I might add because I am a direction genius,) dropped off my bag, and decided on my first destination: the Guinness Storehouse.
Obviously I decided on this as my first destination because I love beer and what better way to introduce myself to a new city than a beer tour with beer at the end all courtesy of my new discount card. I will also note here that I saw no less than three men wheeling kegs around Dublin while finding my hostel. It was a sign of good life.
The Guinness Storehouse was very easy to find thanks to the many signs pointing to attractions all over Dublin. Unfortunately this close attention to attraction signage does not apply to street signage. There are street signs almost nowhere. I got this in Ghana, but hello, this is a large Western city. I thought at first maybe it was because they want to cater to locals instead of tourists...and then I was like wait in Madison I still need street signs to get around and I've been living there my whole life. So this remains a mystery to me.
I got to skip the line at the Guinness because of my card, and the whole thing started in a big atrium that is supposed to be shaped like a pint glass. You start at the bottom and the tour is on floors going up the sides. Pretty cool. It was a self guided tour after the first introduction, which was fine because I wanted to stay and read everything very carefully like a nerd while everyone else looked at slash touched some grain and kept walking. So I immediately delved into beer-snob-nerd ism by careully reading every sign and taking dutiful pictures for my brewing friends.
I highly recommend this attraction for anyone who likes to learn about beer. If I weren't a nerd it would have been less interesting because it's very much about the chemical stuff, but there's also a good history section and a really fun floor about the advertising history of Guinness.
Learning to pour your own pint of Guinness, one of the hallmarks of the tour, was quite fun because they take the time to let each person actually do it instead of being rushed. Another plus of this facet of the tour is then you can judge every bartender afterwards because most of them don't actually do it right.
As for this attraction as a solo traveler, it was great while I was nerding out and reading about beer, but it got a little lonely once I had my beer and was sitting on the top floor drinking it and looking out at Dublin..and looking some more...while everyone else sat with their companions...and I looked some more. But welcome to things I'm becoming used to! All in all a great first attraction.
If you love beer for more than drinking purposes definitely check this out, but keep in mind that it's a much better deal with the pass. The whole thing is 16.50 euro without the pass which is quite steep.