A very good free tour all about the history of beer brewing in Dublin. This tour is not just for beer aficionados - It reveals the remarkable, lesser-known, Guinness story and how the Guinness family have had a huge influence on Dublin's social, cultural and political landscape thanks to the wealth and stature granted them by their brewing operations in the capital as well as how the Guinness brewery dominated brewing in Dublin, and Ireland, for centuries. The free brew legacy tour also focuses on the thriving craft beer revolution in Dublin, and throughout the country, today and there's even free samples of delicious craft beer from local producers to enjoy. The route is very easy and skirts the fringe of the oldest part of the city, where a lot of independent brewing occurred in the 17th Century, while taking in some sights not visited on other free tours such as Saint Patrick's Cathedral and The Iveagh Trust buildings. The guides are passionate about this original tour and deliver it with clear detail and really paint a picture of Dublin at the time while telling a very interesting story in a very accessible style. Group sizes are relatively small for this tour which is perfect for sampling the free craft beer and discussing it with your fellow adventurers and the beer loving guides in a cosy corner of a local Dublin pub. A very worthwhile free tour experience in Dublin for anyone, beer-lover or not.


Ireland has a legacy for brewing some of the best beers in the world. Contributing towards a thriving economy since the 17th Century, there’s certainly a lot more to Irish and their beer than commonly known. Join us to discover Dublin’s brewing heritage, from the days where Guinness ruled Ireland to the contemporary craft revolution. Sample some of the finest local beer, some of which can only be found in one pub and meet other travelers, all for free!

This activity includes:

Dublin's brewing heritage - The Guinness legacy - St. Patrick's Cathedral & Iveagh Trust - The Irish Craft Beer revolution - Free samples of local craft beers - The official World's Best Stout - Dublin's only brewpub - The brewing process & micro-brewery - Beer & Food pairing recommendations - Lovely local guide & so much more...

Our Guides Traveler Reviews

  • “brewery tour”
      Reviewed on December 09, 2016

    was a nice tour

  • “Ian was just the best”
      Reviewed on October 25, 2016

    So when we arrived for our Free Brew Legacy Tour we didn't really know what to expect, but were greeting with a small group of 6 - with us making up 4 of those. Ian was really relaxed and friendly and chain smoked through the... read more

  • “Free brew tour”
      Reviewed on October 22, 2016

    Ian, our guide was funny and entertaining, full of little lovely tidbits. He was also. Ready and happy to help with useful advice! Great tour.

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Meeting point

In the square in front of The Central Bank, Dame St.

On arrival

On foot:
The Central bank is located on Dame Street, one of the main streets in Dublin, so if you are staying in the city centre the best way to get here is by foot. Please note that we are NOT located at the Bank of Ireland close to Trinity College. The Central Bank is 1-2 mins walk from Trinity College, The Ha'penny Bridge & Dublin Castle in the very centre of the City. See the map above for it's location.
Dubliners are very friendly people so they'll be glad to give you directions. The Square at the Central Bank is a relatively spacious public area and once you are there you will see our guides in blue NEXT City Tours T-shirts and holding blue Free Tour umbrellas.

Please note, there is currently some construction works in place at the Central Bank, our exact meeting point is located here (below the Tree of Gold).

Things to note

Booking for this tour is recommended to reserve your space specially during high season. This helps us to guarantee you'll receive a top quality tour! Please note, this tour requires a minimum number of people to run.