I’m not too sure what it says about me when 90% of my photos from Dublin are actually of the Guinness Storehouse..
View from the top of Guinness Storehouse
However, having never tried the brew before it was definitely a must do while in the city it was created and it turned out to be a great experience!
My group went on a tour of the Storehouse, which is extremely state of the art.
There’s information on Guinness’ history and how it’s made but the real treat is a little class you can take on the ‘proper’ way to drink it.
Learning how to pour the perfect pint
Afterwards you have the chance to be your own bartender and learn the art of pouring one too.
The best part is of course drinking your efforts, which my group opted to enjoy from the top level of the Storehouse where you’ll find some fantastic views of Dublin.
Many people don’t like Guinness since it’s a pretty thick beverage but I rather enjoyed it. I since tried one back in Australia and I do have to agree with the general sentiment that it tastes much better in Ireland!
Moving on from my surprising appreciation for Guinness, another highlight of my couple days in Dublin was the Belvedere Hotel’s Irish Night.
As we were staying at the Belvedere it wasn’t much of an effort to attend but while I had prepared myself for a bitterly over touristy event it was actually very well done.
While there was of course traditional dancing, my favourite part was the focus on Irish folk songs which the band did a great job of delivering.
There was a decent amount of audience participation too and watching your friends attempt to Irish dance makes for quality entertainment.
After Irish Night we continued the evening festivities at Temple Bar, which is the name given to the major night life area in town but also an actual bar.
This part of Dublin after dark has a great atmosphere as you hear live music drifting out of many establishments when you walk past.
It is heavily catered to tourists though so expect the prices for drinks to be high, around 10 euro for a standard spirit and mixer.
Temple Bar itself was probably the worst culprit but it is a rather cool place, I’ll give it that.
Having mentioned Temple’s name so much, it’s only fitting Trinity College gets a shout out right afterwards as he was heavily involved with the university.
Today you can check out the grounds yourself and have a look at their impressive library, one of the most well known and admired in the world.
As the temperature was dropping at this point in my travels I headed to Grafton Street in search of Penney’s (the Primark of Ireland) to score some budget friendly warm clothing.
Buildings from a walk around Dublin
The major shopping street of town is charming and there was some fresh fruit and veggie stalls on one of its side streets. The buildings are rather pleasant to look at and a stroll down here was certainly a good decision.
I didn’t make it to St. Stephen’s Green but a friend of mine did and said it was a beautiful park so if the weather agrees this would also be a cool place to check out for a relaxing afternoon!
O’Connell Street Monument
Dublin felt like a laid back capital city and while my first impression of it was that it was rather grey (probably not helped by the weather), there’s definitely some interesting sites to discover under its surface.