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I’ve saved the best for last. My last day in beautiful Ireland was reserved for beer.
I’m kind a girl that really likes beer, and I really love Stout and Ale’s.
In my country we don’t have that kind of beer and I absolutely love it.
I like Guinness very much and I also found my other favorite beer in Ireland and that is Murphy’s.
Guinness Storehouse was something we must visit so we bought our tickets online from home.
(It’s cheaper online and we got a discount for the Guinness stew)
We went there in the morning around 10 AM.
With the ticket you get one free beer that you can pour yourself or you can get one on the last floor of the building that has a glass atrium and a beautiful view on Dublin.
The Storehouse has seven floors and is in the shape of a pint of Guinness.
You can see there the ingredients of beer, Guinness advertising through years,
transportation that was used for carrying the beer across the world.
On the ground floor there is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and beer.
There was also a presentation of food you can make with Guinness so we had the chance to taste a few dishes.
There are few restaurants inside the Storehouse, we had lunch in Brewers’ Dining Hall.
We had Beef & Guinness Stew and Guinness brown bread and it was very good.
After we had lunch we went to Gravity bar on the seventh floor to get our „free“ Guinness.
We drinked it and enjoyed a beautiful 360° view from the glass walls. 🙂
One of the “must see” things in Dublin is definitely Kilmainham Gaol.
The Gaol is about 3,5 km from the city centre, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
It takes about 40 minutes from the Temple bar to there. So if this isn’t to far for you, you can walk there like we did.
If you like you can take a taxi or public bus.
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe.
Some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history were held prisoner there.
It gives you a realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these bastions of correction
between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed.
Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.
There was no segregation of prisoners; men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in each cell.
The tour is guided , they have a good guide who explained everything and tell you all about this prison.
The tour last around 45 minutes and the entrance fee is 7€.
There are many movies that have been filmed in Kilmainham Gaol like: The Italian Job, In the name of the father, Michael Collins.
U2 recorded a music video there for the song „a celebration“.
I woke up a little sad. Sad to leave this beautiful place, where everybody says hello to you, where I finally got close to the sheeps and where the nature is so beautiful that is breathtaking.
But we had to go. Our bus was going at 8 AM. We had to change the bus first in Killarney and then again in Limerick.
We had some time in Limerick so we take a little walk and got us some sandwiches for breakfast. In Limerick we catch a bus for Dublin. It was little crowded on the streets so we arrive a little later then expected. It was late afternoon.
This time we booked a double room in Barnacles hostel in Temple bar. http://www.barnacles.ie/
We had great experience with Barnacles in Galway and so it was in Dublin.
Room was nice and clean, staff very helpful and they have a very big kitchen for use with lot of sitting places.
And it’s in the Temple bar. What more do you need?
I can only recommend this hostel.
We checked in, left our luggage and went to the city to get something for dinner and for a beer .
We are staying 2 days in Dublin. Our next stations are Howth, Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol.
We got up around 9 AM and went to the City.
We’ve bought us some sandwiches for breakfast and went to our first destination for today: Jameson distillery.
We bought the tickets for the tour online on they website: www.jamesonwhiskey.com
The tour started with a short film and our tour guide James asked for volunteers for Whiskey tasting at the end of the tour.
My husband applied and I’m a little sorry I didn’t too.
Then James took us through factory showing us how the whiskey is made and making us laugh. He explained everything and we had good time.
At the end of the tour we got to choose a drink: pure whiskey, whiskey with cola, ginger or cranberry juice.
I took Jameson with cranberry juice, it was very good.
Then all the volunteers had the whiskey tasting and we were watching.
They got 3 whiskeys in little transparent glasses and they had to try one by one and try to guess what they drink and tell how was it.
They were tasting Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels and Jameson. It was interesting and very funny.
They all received diplomas . My husband is now certified Whiskey taster 🙂 It is a nice souvenir.
After spending a morning in Jameson, we went to the Trinity college.
We took a tour around college with a student and after that went to visit the Library and see the Book of Kells.
After that we got something to eat and went back to the hostel.
Behind our hostel was the bus station so we went there to check when we have bus to Belfast and maybe buy tickets.
That was interesting because when you have to buy bus tickets in my country, usually you have to do it few days before you travel.
Especially if you travel in summer.
When we got to the bus station in Dublin it sounded something like that:
Me: Hello, can you help me, please?
Guy: Yes, what do you need?
Me: I would like to buy bus tickets to Belfast
Guy: When do you want to go?
Me: Tuesday, 1 PM
Guy: Today is Sunday
Me: OK, I want to go to Belfast at Tuesday, 1 PM
Guy: Then you come at Tuesday and buy tickets then
Me: But, what if they sell all the tickets for 1 PM?
Guy: Then you buy tickets for 2 PM, or 3 PM, or 4 PM, you have buses every hour for Belfast
Me: Great, thank you!
Guy: You are welcome!
And we bought our tickets at Tuesday. At 1 PM we were on the bus to Belfast. 🙂
We got in Dublin at 1 PM and when we took our luggage we went to the parking near the airport.
At 2 pm there came the Van of our hostel that took us to the hostel. We took a 6 dorm room in Paddy’s Palace for 3 nights.
We took this Hostel because they had (I don’t know if they still do) great offer that if you stay in theirs hostels in Dublin or Belfast for at least 2 nights,
you get a one day tour with their travel agency for free. And they also have free transfer from and to Airport.
That was for me the first time to stay in the hostel.
When we got in our room there was only one guy there from Texas.
It was little weird to sleep with someone else in the room that you don’t know but after a while I got used to it.
Next day came two girls from Germany to our room, and the last night we were alone in the room.
Hostel was ok, not very fancy, but it was pretty clean, we had shared bathroom, there were 2 on our floor and there was no crowd.
Also it was very cheap so I don’t have any complaints on the hostel.
Breakfast was included in price (typical hostel breakfast – toast, tea, butter, jam…)
We left our things in the room, took our camera and went for a walk in the city.
We just wandered around the center for a while and then decided to go for a beer.
Our first beer in Dublin was of course Guinness and we had it in Temple bar in Farringtons pub.
After enjoying the cold pint we went for a walk a little more.
Then I needed to go to bathroom so we got in the next pub, for another beer 😉
There were two guys just preparing to start the gig so we decided to wait and enjoy the music for some time.
There were really great, playing and singing good old songs.
Our best friend has a friend that lives in Dublin, so we decided to meet her for a drink.
She called us when we were in the pub so we told here that we are in Peadar’s Kearneys pub.
She came with her friend from Israel so we had another drink with them and then she wanted to take us in her favorite pub.
So we went to Porterhouse. We talked, enjoyed the music and drink beers of course . It was around 1 AM when we went back to the hostel.
Our friend point us where to go and we went, and we got a little lost.
We have not turned in the right street so we walked by the river hoping to find someone to help us.
After a while there were two guys walking toward us so we asked them for the direction but it didn’t help us much,
then we asked another person and still didn’t find the hostel.
After some time we did find it, we were around it all the time, very close.
I believe we had too much beers that evening . 🙂
We got to our room and went to sleep. That was our first day in Dublin.