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Ah, Ireland. A dreamy land that I’ve always wanted to visit and take time to explore my Irish roots. Yep, us Howards are Irish! I was even born with fiery red hair.
I digress … back to Dublin. I’ve actually flown through Dublin on three separate occasions but unfortunately, have never stayed for more than an airport layover.
Shame on me, because who doesn’t want to visit the land of Guinness to drink copious amounts of that dark, tasty stout?
A Dublin City Tour With Guinness Storehouse
If you’re like me and are all about the beer, then when you next visit Dublin, you’ll want to take this self-guided Guinness Dublin city tour suggested by the folks over at the Guinness Storehouse.
1) Trinity College
Begin at the University of Dublin, Trinity Collage, which happens to be the oldest university in the country and home to one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe.
Legend has it that Trinity allowed Guinness to use their “Brian Boru” harp (an ancient instrument preserved and held on display at the university) as part of their now iconic logo.
Several members of the Guinness family have actually served as Chancellors at the college over the years.
2) Bank of Ireland
Next take yourself to the headquarters of Ireland’s national bank.
The building was completed in 1739 and served as the first purpose-built parliament house in Europe.
You can take guided tours through the building and marvel at the interior including the ceiling, oak panelling and 1,233 piece crystal chandelier. Arthur Guinness II became the Governor of the Bank of Ireland back in 1820.
3) Dublin Castle
Move on to the castle, situated at the highest ground point in the city, located at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary (now underground) which once formed a natural boundary on both sides.
In the 1770s, Arthur Guinness was bestowed with the honour of being the brewer to Dublin Castle.
4) St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Head over to the cathedral, named after Saint Patrick who’s said to have converted Pagans to Christians at the site. The cathedral was completely restored in 1860, an effort funded by the Guinness family. A large statue of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness now stands at the entrance to the cathedral.
5) Marsh’s Library
Continue your Guinness education at the library. Found alongside the cathedral is Ireland’s first public library, built in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh.
6) Iveagh Trust Buildings
You can learn all about the charitable work of the Guinness family by exploring the Iveagh Trust buildings. In 1890, Sir Edward Cecil Guinness established a trust that provided housing and other amenities for the working class. Through this trust, old buildings were replaced, an indoor market was created, a men’s hostel established and even a play centre for children.
7) St. Stephen’s Green
The next stop will bring you to a 27 acre park located in the city centre.
The park had been private until Sir Arthur Guinness pushed an act through parliament in 1877 to make it publicly available. He even paid for the laying out of the Green which included gardens and ponds. You can now find a statue of the generous Sir Arthur in the Green.
8) Iveagh House and Gardens
Your tour ends at Iveagh House, now home to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was donated to the Irish State by the Guinness family.
Although you cannot visit the inside of the house, you can stroll through the “French Formal” and English Landscape” gardens.
Win a Guinness Storehouse Prize Pack
And oh yes, you beer lovers. We’ve also got something to give away!
How would you like to win a Guinness Storehouse prize pack? Valued at $125 Canadian, the prize pack includes a chef’s apron, limited edition mug, pint glasses, a recipe book and more.
Guinness Storehouse Prize Pack Contest Rules
It’s pretty easy to score this prize pack. Just follow these rules:
- To enter the contest, all you need to do is send out a tweet with this text: “I want to win a Guinness Storehouse prize pack with @cherylhowardcom. More about the contest at http://bit.ly/1F27k5D. #storehousestoryCA “
- The contest is only open to Canadians, excluding residents of Quebec.
- The contest will run until May 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- The winner will be notified by email the following day.
- Only one tweet per person is accepted.
- The winner will be randomly selected using random.org.
* Disclosure – This post was done in partnership with Guinness Storehouse.
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