I was a bit sad to be leaving London, but also knew we had some pretty awesome things planned for our last days in Europe. We were headed back to Dublin and would spend our remaining days taking day tours to different parts of Ireland. By the time we got to Dublin, it was early afternoon and we were exhausted, the only thing left that we wanted to do in the city of Dublin was visit the Guinness Factory. Remember we spent a day in Dublin our first full day in Europe. We checked into our hotel, took a quick nap, and then made our way towards the factory.
Traveling there: We took the Luas tram-red line from the City Centre to St. James’s Hospital stop and then followed the walking directions that Guinness Factory Provided from there.
We waited in a long line and were afraid that we might not make it in before they closed that afternoon, but they were kind enough to let us in even after they were supposed to have closed down admission. We purchased our tickets and spent a few hours looking around, learning all there is to learn about the ins and outs of Guinness from the making all the way to shipping and advertising. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the tour, because I didn’t think I’d personally find it as interesting as it was. The tour is self guided at your own pace, but save some time to enjoy a nice pint of Guinness before you leave.
With every entrance ticket, comes a pint of Guinness. They take this part very seriously, and will never serve a pint that isn’t perfectly poured. The free pints are served in any of their bars. Gravity Bar (located on the very top floor) has some good views overlooking the city of Dublin, but by the time we got there, it was packed with no room to sit. We chose another bar area to sit and enjoy our drinks, while I also thoroughly enjoyed a Guinness chocolate muffin.
The next day we had planned a Day Tour to areas south of Dublin, so we headed to bed early that night. If you’re looking for something to do in Dublin that doesn’t take all day, this should definitely make your list.