St James's Gate by boxplayer

St James's Gate

Home of the Guinness brewery for many a year. These are the old buildings - the current brewing business has since relocated (not that far away) to far more modern premises.

Had a very good night's sleep in the comfy bed and thankfully the roadworks had disappeared and despite being on a main road it wasn't noisy at all. Went for the breakfast buffet as that seemed the simplest thing as we were on a tightish schedule.

Fairly bog standard it was: sliced white bread toast, scrambled eggs, lots of cheese, some Muller yoghurts and juice/coffee/tea.

We did a nice walk in the early sunshine to the Guinness Storehouse for our tour. Took about 40 mins through a landscape that changed dramatically from street to street. Sometimes very pedestrianised upmarket, and sometimes very rundown. Went past the old fruit and veg market - obviously still operating - and thought how it was a shame that no such market now exists in London. And they're thinking of moving New Spitalfields again - presumably even further out.

You can't visit the working Guinness brewery but you can visit the new 'visitor experience' they've created in the old buildings. A huge space on 6 floors in the shape of a pint glass.
A very well designed and interesting self-guided tour, starting with an intro from one of the staff as we gathered around the 9000-year lease signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759. Still a way to go then.

The first floor concentrated on the process of brewing and associated trades like coopering before you went up to the tasting room. Here we were able to taste 3 samples - about a pint's worth. A floor after that was dedicated to advertising before we ended up on the food floor with 3 eateries to choose from.

We went for the self-service cafeteria - smoked salmon and plentiful salads with dave sticking to a spartan soup, still being a bit careful. In the shop, I bought some of their BBQ sauce and chocolates and Dave a pack of cards for work.

We walked back via the medieval and Viking area and then into Temple Bar making our way gradually back to the centre of town. Found the very enticing Claddagh Records. Temple Bar itself was heaving, so we cut down a side street to avoid it.

Found our way to Nassau Street and Dawson Street where there were trad jumper shops galore - beautiful knitwear - and a very pricey tweed shop. Popped into Kilkenny,full of Irish crafts including some eye-wateringly expensive Waterford crystal - a bit bling to be honest.

Then onto Bewley's to meet M. Had very nice scones with cream and compote and the best tea ever. Dave bypassed the scones but had an Irish coffee. Walked back to the hotel for a rest before heading back out again to Beshoff's for cod and chips, bread and butter and tea. Lovely fish but the chips were just OK. But a chip butty is always yummy. Back for an early night.

Dublin alley

13 April 2019
Dublin, Ireland
Lovely building
April 24th, 2019  
I remember visiting the Guinness factory although I didn't like he actual Guinness
April 25th, 2019  
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