Guinness Storehouse

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When it comes to Ireland it doesn’t get more black and white then well… Guinness! It’s part of our heritage and I would wager there’s not a person over the age of 18 living in Ireland that hasn’t had, even just a sip, of the black stuff! Up until 2010 a pint of Guinness was even given to anyone who donated blood as it contains so much iron (you have to love the Irish, we’d have an excuse for anything).

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On every tourists to do list when they come to Ireland is a trip to St. James Gate to see the famous Guinness brewery. It’s been at this location since 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s easy to see why this attraction is so popular. It’s a huge showcase exhibiting the history of the brewery, the making of Guinness, the marketing campaigns used by Guinness and even has a room where they teach you how to pull the perfect pint (believe me, it’s an artistry).

 

 

 

 

They’ve really pulled out all the stops from interactive exhibits, to a sensory room and numerous bars and restaurants. However, it's when you reach the top level, the gravity bar, that’s what really takes your breath away. Your free pint (or mineral) is poured and then it’s time to drink in the views. The Aviva stadium, Phoenix Park, Poolbeg chimneys and the Stiletto in the Ghetto, aka the Spire, are just some of the iconic landmarks visible from this bar.

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The Guinness Storehouse is leading the way when to comes to Ireland’s tourism market and it’s easy to see why.

 

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The Little Museum of Dublin

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If there’s one thing us Dubs are good at it’s storytelling. We’re a proud country with a diverse, rich and sometimes wacky history. When tourists from around the world come to our fair isle they want to experience this and one place in particular that has got this art of storytelling down is The Little Museum of Dublin!

 

 

 

The Little Museum of Dublin is a small museum nestled on the edge of St. Stephen’s Green Park. It’s a charming museum located in a Georgian house which documents the last 100 years of Irish, and in particular Dublin’s, history. It houses over 5,000 artefacts all donated by the people of Ireland.

 

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Among these artefacts is the music stand that John F. Kennedy used as a lectern while giving a speech in the Dail and one of the first ever copies of Ulysses ever published in the English language.

 

 

 

With so much to do in Dublin this little museum offers a short but informative 29 minute guided tour of one floor of the house (the other two are self guided). So much is jam packed into the tour I found myself wanting to take notes.

 

As a Dubliner, born and bred, I’ve been on many a tour and heard many a story. However, our guide Joan had stories and facts that I had never heard!! One in particular about the ducks in Stephen’s Green had my heart melted (I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll have to find out for yourself).

 

 

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I can’t recommend a trip to the Little Museum of Dublin enough. With each wall plastered with memorabilia, posters and photos from a bygone era, it’s difficult not to feel a sense of pride and nostalgia of what our little country has accomplished.

More info on their tours can be found at www.littlemuseum.ie