The original name of Dublin was “dub Linn”. It means Black Pool in old Irish Celtic and referred to the deep and dirty pool located in Dublin Castle.
This is where the Poddle Stream meets the River Liffey and where the Vikings would leave their ships.
Dublin was founded twice by the Vikings. The first time in 841 AD, and the second time in 917. Then it became a very rich settlement and developed into the city of Dublin.
Today, it’s the largest city in Ireland and on the island of Ireland (Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland is the second largest on the island).
Guinness was created by Arthur Guinness and his family at his brewery in St James’s Gate in 1759. Guinness is still brewed there today. If you go to Dublin, you can visit the Guinness Storehouse.
The Gravity Bar and Storehouse tours
There are three tour options to try at the Guinness Storehouse:
- A basic self-guided Storehouse experience, which includes a drink at the Gravity Bar.
- You can also add on a “Stoutie” option, a second pint with your selfie on the head, or visit the Guinness Academy, to learn how to pour the perfect pint.
- A Connoisseur ticket gives you an exclusive tasting in the Connoisseur bar and a pint-pouring session.
Your visit will end at the top floor Gravity Bar, which has floor-to-ceiling windows with 360-degree views of Dublin city. The vista stretches as far south as the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, across Dublin Bay, and north to the Howth peninsula, taking in landmarks such as St Patrick’s Cathedral and the iconic Poolbeg chimneys.
Before you raise your beer glass to sip your creamy pint of Guinness, you will see how it is poured and allowed to settle halfway through. Experts have worked out that the necessary time for this “perfect pour” is 119.53 seconds.
Allow at least 1.5 hours for a visit to the Storehouse – but you can stay longer as there is a lot to take in, and there are cafés and bars on different levels if you need a break and a gift shop of all things Guinness on the first floor.
In 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a lease for an unused brewery.
It is now a brewery and Guinness Storehouse. Today, the Guinness family still owns 51 percent.
Although only 6 sons and 4 daughters survived, the creators of Guinness had a total of 21 children.
This is worth mentioning because in the late 1700s surviving 21 births was remarkable. That would actually be the case today!
Guinness is a very popular beer. On average, more than 10 million pints of Guinness are consumed daily.
Did you know that the authors of Dracula or Gulliver’s Travels were Trinity College students? Now you!
These people have changed the world in their own way and proved what a brilliant university Trinity College is.
Recently, Jack Gleeson, better known for his role as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones, graduated from Trinity College.
He was also declared a scholar.
It’s called Brazen Head. It has been working since 1198! If you want to go there.
Here is the address: 20 Lower Bridge St, Usher’s Quay, Dublin, D08 VC64, Ireland
There are many more historical facts about Dublin.
Culture is everywhere in Ireland and if you want to know more about this great capital, here are some tips for traveling to Dublin!
or things to do nearby, you might like to visit Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, or the Roe & Co or Pearse Lyons and Co, distilleries are both within walking distance. On the tours, you’ll learn about whiskey distilling and the area’s famous “Golden Triangle” of distilleries.
Within 20 minute’s walk of the Storehouse, you will find two of Dublin’s most historic buildings – St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191, and Christ Church Cathedral, which dates back to the year 1030.