November 18, 2009

So here continues the Dublin HOHO (Hop-On and Hop-Off) bus tour. For the previous first part, Please Click here. (If you have missed it.) The next stop is the most visited and most time consuming stop of the tour, but it is worth and not to be scaped.

Guiness Storehouse: I would name it - Dublin's Pourfect Pint :)
Guinness Storehouse is a 7-story building, symbol of the brewery history and offering this world famous beer. This home of Guinness introduce you the making of each and every pint. As the guide introduced us that this building is designed in the shape of a super-duper pint of Guinness that contains 14.3 million pints, if it is full. At the ground floor you can watch a copy of original lease signed by Arthur Guinness on 31st December 1759 for a period of 9000 years. So Guinness is celebrating its remarkable 250 years of its rich heritage.

We get to know the full step by step process of Guinness brewing. You will also get a chance to taste the pint in the Tasting lab. I do. At the 5th floor, We enjoyed many funny and innovative advertising campaigns of Guinness. When we reached at the top of the 7th floor, Gravity Bar, experienced the complimentary pint of Guinness. From here you can enjoy 360 degree view of the dublin city while relaxing. All the city's main monuments and buildings can be located from here.

Irish Museum of Modern Art: Hop On - Hop Off bus just took 5 mins from Guinness Storehouse. The museum is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and depiction of modern and contemporary art. The entry to the museum is free. (Tuesday to Sunday). Several exhibitions, Museum's own collection, award winning education and community department are the museum's main attractions.

Kilmainham Gaol: The visit to the gaol includes a guided tour and audio-visual presentation. Though now a days it is a museum. Many Irish leaders were detained here. Many films have been shooted at this place. Also a music video for U2 have been captured in Kilmainham gaol. It holds Irish history in itself alongwith some hangings.

Wellington Monument: It is built in the memory of the Duke of Wellington, a Dubliner, who defeated Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo.

Phoenix Park: It is said that Phoenix park is the largest city park in Europe. Though most of the area is the sky-view grasslands. But It also covers the official residence of Irish President and Dublin Zoo within it.

The Spire: It is the tallest structure in Dublin city center, also known as Spike.

I couldn't get time to visit National Museum of Ireland, just have a look from outside. St. Stephan's Green Mall is always overcrowded due to shopping and on street shows within area. I have mentioned here the top-notch visiting points during HOHO tour. Other than that you can visit many places as per your likings and as per your tongue taste.

Have a look to "North Coast and Malahide Castle" tour in Ireland.
Majestic Tour in Ireland - Ireland West Coast Tour - Cliffs of Moher.
Dare to Tour - An unique Experience: Dublin Ghost Bus Tour.
Dublin City Center - Dublin Night Life - Dublin Cultural Night.

November 9, 2009

If you wants to enjoy the Dublin city in one day, then Hop on - Hop off will be the best option to opt. Just have the first round through Dublin double decker bus at the top sightseeing. The goodness of the tour is, you can hop-on, hop-off as many times as you wish during the whole day.

Tour started with the widest and most happening street in Dublin - O'Connell Street. You can watch the the Spire of Dublin, James Joyce statue, statues showing many Irish hero. GPO (General Post Office) also belongs to the same street with impressive Greek-Roman architecture.


Trinity College: Founded in 1592, Trinity college is the oldest university of Ireland. The college building itself represents the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries. The college is guardian to one of Ireland's most treasured possessions, famously the 9th century "Book of Kells".

Temple Bar: It is situated in the heart of city center known as Dublin's Cultural Quarter. You can enjoy the great variety of restaurants, bars, live music venues, clubs and the greatest selection of Cultural activities in Dublin.
Dublin Castle: This castle built in 1204 by King John. The state apartments, undercraft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors and there are regular guided tours. The outer walls are impressive worth a look.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia and The Viking World: CCC known as Dublin's oldest building. It include the medieval crypt, a magnificent church treasures, and the tomb of Strongbow, leader of the Normans. The Cathedral is linked to the Dublinia and the Viking World. It is one of the city's most popular heritage centres which explores the history of the medieval city and Viking world.

St. Patrick's Cathedral: The National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland (Anglican) community in Ireland.
Remaining HOHO Bus Tour, in next part.

Have a look to "North Coast and Malahide Castle" tour in Ireland.
Majestic Tour in Ireland - Ireland West Coast Tour - Cliffs of Moher.
Dare to Tour - An unique Experience: Dublin Ghost Bus Tour.
Dublin City Center - Dublin Night Life - Dublin Cultural Night.

November 8, 2009

The very first thing to visit in Dublin is no doubt, the lively Dublin city center. The very first day after office, I catch LUAS (train from Sandyford to St. Stephans Green). Soon we covered the fashionable Grafton street, sweet Molly Malone, Trinity College, Parliament of Ireland, Liffey river, Bachelors walk, shopping street Henry street, O' Connell street within 2 hours.

Then the next day also we visited the city center. But Temple bar streets were the attraction of that night. If you come to Dublin, you can't escape this place, and enjoy the night life in the bar, pubs and restaurants with music and entertainment.


It is said about Ireland, that you wouldn't find any two bars with the similar structure or plot. If you are in, you will forget the time and can miss the LUAS. At the time when I was in Dublin, Guinness was celebrating its 250 remarkable years.

The best night in Dublin - Dublin cultural night: I was lucky enough to be there during that time. Though I was a bit late but still manage to cover many places during that time-slot. It includes on street shows and comedies, Original print gallery, lively Temple bar area, Art center, people choring within the cathedral, Irish Film institute, Dublin Writers Museum, National Photographic Archive, Dublin City Gallery (The Hugh Lane) and many more all across the streets of Dublin city. The most impressive thing was Francis Bacon Studio at Dublin city gallery.
Original Print Gallery, Dublin City Center
People inside a photographic archive during Dublin Cultural Night
Its not rubbish, Francis Bacon Workplace
Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin, Ireland
Have a look to "North Coast and Malahide Castle" tour in Ireland.
Majestic Tour in Ireland - Ireland West Coast Tour - Cliffs of Moher
Dare to Tour - An unique Experience: Dublin Ghost Bus Tour

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