The Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin is located on the site of the brewery that Arthur Guinness leased for 9000, years back in 1759. Visitors can learn all about the tradition, history and production of the world’s most recognised pint. The main entrance includes the Atrium, which is actually the world’s largest pint glass, before the tour guides visitors through the brewing process, describing how the natural ingredients, time honoured tradition, and modern technology combine to create the famous stout. On the fourth floor, visitors are invited to try their hand at pouring the Perfect Pint – a scientific process officially supposed to take exactly 125.27 seconds – and successful trainees will receive a certificate and the chance to enjoy their handiwork in the Perfect Pint Bar.
The fully restored Skerries Mills, which have been milling flour since the 12th century, gives visitors a fascinating insight into the use of water and wind power to make flour. Guided tours take about fifty minutes to go through the workings of the mill complex as it was in the early 1800s, visit the water mill, four sail windmill and the five sail Great Windmill of Skerries. Have a turn at stone grinding flour by hand before relaxing at the Watermill Café in the old bakery, which still produces fresh bread and scones daily.
The famous area on the south bank of the Liffey may have a reputation as a tourist trap, but it does boast a huge assortment of pubs, nightclubs, and some of the liveliest nightlife in Dublin. The area includes the Ark Children's Cultural Centre, the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Photography Centre, Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, and many other Irish cultural institutions. The pubs include well-known establishments like The Porterhouse, the Turk's Head and, of course, The Temple Bar, a world famous live music venue.
The pier is a popular spot, lined with merchants peddling fresh fish and seafood, restaurants, and boat shops. Some of the buildings are purpose built, some are converted original structures, but places like Dorans and Wrights hold massive amounts of some of the freshest fish available. Intrepid explorers can locate the footprints of King George IV, preserved where the monarch first set foot on Irish land, while most visitors are more delighted by the large numbers of seals that like to hang around the pier.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl:
Meeting at The Duke Pub in Duke Street, this tour takes in a dozen pubs as visitors follow in the footsteps of many giants of literature. Professional actors guide the way as the tour sees where luminaries such as Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde spent their time searching for inspiration among the characters and pints of south Dublin, and delivering anecdotal tidbits you won’t find in any regular tourist book, feathered with prose from the great writers, there is no shortage of entertainment on this two-hour walking tour through the local public houses.