After nagging my travelling partner for a getaway to Dublin, at last he agreed and even booked the hotel. As I was organising the flight and our itinerary which includes a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. It’s a cliché a visit to Dublin is not complete without going to see the Guinness factory. Added bonus we had a free ticket to the Guinness Storehouse courtesy from their press department.
We arrived in Dublin in the afternoon, and from the airport we took the airport shuttle bus going to the city centre. It should have been a 30 minutes ride, but it took us more or less an hour journey. As it went around the city center and it was rush hour traffic.
We had a couple of hours rest in the hotel, then we decided to go for a meal. We went to Rilley’s pub restaurant. One of the iconic Victorian pub around, the miss matched chairs added character to the place. There are different nooks and private areas. Looks like a hangout for the locals and tourist costumers. After we had our dinner, we decided to go for an evening stroll.
The following day, we joined the Old Town walking tour. We met the group in the town hall. It started at the Dublin Castle grounds, hearing the stories and legends of leprechaun was fascinating. Did you know that Dublin comes from the “old irish dubh means black” and “linn means pool” referring to the dark tidal lake entered the River Liffey along the site of Dublin Castle.
A couple of stopped were made to the National Museum, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College
After the walking tour we had our lunch at O’ Neill’s, and ordered an Irish beef stew and it was so filling.
On the afternoon we were scheduled to visit the Guinness Storehouse. We took the taxi to the factory, and the wooden black gate at St. James welcomes us. We went straight to the information desk to collect our complimentary tickets provided by the press department. With the ticket at had we are ready to explore the Storehouse. The ticket normally cost €20.00 but there’s a discount if you buy it online. It includes the tour and free pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar or you can pour your own pint at the Academy. Which we opted for the later. On the first floor, it’s the display of all kinds of Guinness merchandise from mugs, shirts, caps to mention a few. Then following the spiralling arrow to the room where they display the raw materials of the stout. From high quality of Barleys, Hops, Yeast and Water. Which are carefully selected and mixed well accordingly to their secret recipe producing extraordinary soft and creamy stout. But did you know that Guinness is not a black in colour it’s more of reddish. It’s from the roasted barley one of the main ingredients giving a distinctive ruby red colour.
The next level where the interactive room display, where you can actually smell the aroma of 4 key ingredients. Then heading to the tasting room, we were properly taught how to taste and drink Guinness. There’s also display of official advertisement and slogans. There’s even a restaurant with innovative cooking techniques using Guinness in their recipes.
After touring around the Storehouse it’s about time for a pint. We headed to the Academy where you can pour your own pint. Excitedly went to the queue and we were taught how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness, it was a great fun with added group photo souvenir with the participants.
After that we headed to the Gravity bar to enjoy our pint. We were greeted with the 360 degrees view of the city. What a way to end a beautiful evening sipping up with our creamy rich stout drink. Sláinte!
Days out outside Dublin City
On the third day, we planned for a day out. We purchased a day train ticket, as suggested by the ticket officer and a lot cheaper only cost €10.00. Before hopping to the train we grab breakfast to take away. From Tara street station it was only a 30 minutes journey to Howth.
Howth is a small coastal town in Northeast of Dublin. It remains an active centre of the fishing industry, as evidence by the fresh market and dotted seafood restaurants by the promenade. Aside from being seafood haven. Howth is fantastic place for a day out.
A visit to the Howth Castle is not to be missed. A 16th century building, it’s ground lies over 250 acres overlooking the bay. Those distinctive Towers on front side. And the noticeable irregular appearance of the building added on different periods gives added character. It used to be the ancestral home of the Gaisford St. Lawrence the descendents of the Earls of Howth.
After the castle why not visit the St Marys Church, it’s along the main road on the way to the castle. It was built in 1042 by Sitric King of Dublin, and was modified in 16th century.
As you walk along the promanade head towards the south-east corner of the harbour. Where you can see the Harbour lighthouse, was built in 1817. It features the lighthouse keepers accommodation, a small Georgian style building attached to the lighthouse.
After a nice cup of tea along the promenade pub-restaurant. We decided to head off to Malahaide just before the sunsets and starts to get dark. Another seaside town northeast of Dublin. A good excuse for an evening walk along the harbour.
Malahide (Mullach Íde ) meaning “the hill of Íde” or it could also mean “Sand-hills of the Hydes”. During Georgian time this seaside resort is popular for wealthy Dublin city dwellers. As still evident today from the beautiful rows of Georgian houses along the seafront. Up to the present times is still admired by many people especially in the summer months, a good getaway place for day trippers.
On our last day we just went for usual meandering and photography. We went around spotting the public art display around the city. It was fun and exciting finding these pieces of arts, as well as knowing their funny rhyming words go to with the certain art.
The sphere of Dublin– location along O’Connell Street, it has got different versions:
“The Syringe in The Binge”
“The Nail in The Pale”
“The Pin in The Bin”
“The Bertie Pole”
“The Spire in The Mire”
“The Pole in The Hole”
James Joyce location along North Earl Street.”The Prick with the Stick”.
Two women location along Lower Liffey Street. “Hags with the bags”.
Molly Mallone location along Suffolk Street.
“The Tart with the Cart”
“The Dish with the Fish”
“The Dolly with the Trolley”
“The Trollop with the Scallops”
Oscar Wilde located Merrion Square Park.
“The Quare in the Square”
“The fag on the crag”
“The Queer with the Leer”
There were more monuments around but it was cold and gloomy, so we decided to go for shopping.
Why not join the free walking tour around Dublin City and learn about it’s history.
Go and visit galleries and museums. Its free of charge to visit The National Museum of Ireland along Kildare Street and the WWII museum.
And dont forget to go to Temple Bar. The most vibrant and colourful area of Dublin where all the fun begins.
If you fancy a day out by the seaside town near Dublin City. Get a day ticket train only cost €10.00
People keep on saying Dublin visit is not complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. There’s a discount when you book your ticket online. Check it out here Guinness Storehouse
DISCLOSURE: We enjoyed our experience as a guest at the Guinness Storehouse with the complimentary tickets provided. But received no further remuneration to write this post. I retained full editorial control and all opinions are my own.