A June 2001 trip
to Dublin by MalervyC
Quote: On this trip, I went back to my roots and visited Ireland, one of the most historical and cultural destinations in the world.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2005
Molesworth Court Suites
Dublin, Ireland near
(0) 1 230 5400
Attraction | "The Guinness Brewery Tour"
The factory itself is very informative. You learn the ins and outs of making Guinness and how the leftovers are used for condiments such as BBQ sauce and ketchup. There are lots of sections where you can smell different additives, feel the grain, and even ride the Guinness train. Once you reach the top, you are directed to the Sky Bar. Here is the most breathtaking view in all of Dublin. The walls are all glass, and you can see every major sight in the city. Seats are limited, so you might have to sit on the floor. Give the token to the bartender and treat yourself to a complimentary pint of Guinness. Personally, I didn't like it, but at least I gave it a shot! Before you leave, hit the Guinness store. The prices are quite reasonable. I found souvenirs here for those people who are very hard to buy for, namely, my dad. I bought him the steak sauce and a Guinness polo. I think I spent about 20 euros.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2005
St James's Gate Dublin 8
01 408 4800
Attraction | "Kissing the Blarney Stone"
The castle is a short walk from the Mills, and the cost is around 5-7 pounds for admission. There are trees and cricks around the site, a park where you can have a picnin can gaze up at the castle. There are no floors in the castle, it's hollow inside. Visitors walk along the sides and through narrow tunnels before emerging at the top. The view here, also spectacular. Bring a camera as there is no one at the top who takes one for you, then charges $15 when you get to the bottom. The stone is located underneath the top ledge of the castle. You have to lye on your back, grab on to some steel bars, reach out and under, and plant one on the stone. There an elderly chap who sits next to you and holds on so you don't fall. There are steel bars a few feet down just in case. After you kiss the stone that brings the 'gift of the gab' make your way to the gift shop for a complimentary kissing certificate. I bought a pin that reads "I kissed the Blarney Stone and survived". Check out the restaurants and grab a quick bowl of Irish potato soup.
Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone
Blarney Village Near the River Martin
+353 21 438 5252