Established in 1204 and in continuous use ever since, the world famous Dublin Castle has been at the forefront of Ireland’s history for more than 800 years. With staterooms and apartments that have housed many prominent historical figures over the centuries, a 19th century coach house, an army barracks from 1811 and a 13th century Norman Tower among its structures, it’s clear that Dublin Castle has undergone many transformations throughout its long history. Most of the buildings are still in official use today, but the gardens, museum, library and chapel are free to explore, with the State Apartments and Medieval undercroft accessible by guided tour.
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 – 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 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.