I’ve been to Dublin three times now – and when I get there, a pint of Irish Guinness is always top of my list of things to do. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but it does seem to taste better in its homeland. And where better to taste it than the place where it’s made – Dublin’s St James’ Gate Brewery. The Guinness Storehouse visitor centre is part of the huge St James’ Gate site, where almost 15 million pints of Guinness are still brewed every year. The site covers over 64 acres and was the largest brewing site in the world when it was built. And for a pretty bargain price too – the lease originally signed by Arthur Guinness lasts for 9000 years at an annual rent of only £45.
Ireland’s answer to Oxford and Cambridge and the country’s oldest university, Trinity College stands in the centre of Dublin and is as much of a tourist attraction as its English counterparts. Unlike them the University of Dublin is made up of just the one college rather than a whole group of them, but it’s a grand one. The college grounds cover over 40 acres of squares, gardens and 300-years-worth of architectural styles. The heart of them is Parliament Square, flanked by imposing columned buildings and centreing around the Campanile bell tower.
Affectionately referred to as “Irish mothers’ milk” by some and “the pint that drinks like a meal” by others, Guinness is a cultural right of passage on a visit to Ireland…and as a fiercely Irish yank (although to be clear, I’m not actually a yank…but in Ireland, if you’re American, they call you a yank […]
The Ireland leg of my trip stressed me out a little when I thought about transportation; the country is large, the towns are spread out and the real gems lie outside of the major cities. I knew from the beginning of my RTW trip that I wanted to rent a car in Ireland…the only problem? […]