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.


J Larkin said...

thanks for posting this, It helped selecting the places during this HoHo tour.

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