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May 20th, 2009 – by: sarah_82
We set off for Dublin on the 6:30 bus from Limerick Bus Station. The ticket only cost us â‚¬9.50 as we booked online (www.buseireann.ie). We pulled into Dublin City at about 10am. The bus stoped right outside our hotel on Eden's Quay which was perfect as we needed we had asked the hotel if we could leave our bags at the reception (check-in wasn't until 2pm) while we went exploring. After leaving our stuff with the lovely, if not Engligh-speaking, guy at the front desk, we headed out to locate the Paddy's Palace hostel to book collect our tickets for Friday's Paddy Wagon Tour of The Giant's Causeway (www.paddywagontours.com).
With that out of the way, we decided to go to the Guinness Storehouse - a musuem dedicated to the making of what we Irish call 'The Black Stuff'.
After being relieved of â‚¬15 we found ourselves standing around the original 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759. The Storehouse does guided tours, but we choose to roam at our own pace. We went introduced to the 4 vital ingredients needed to make Guinness - Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast. Water is represented by a beautiful waterfall, the bottom of which is covered with coins. I threw in a penny and made a wish (that it would stop raining - it didn't!!).
We descended the 7 floors (6 floors by my calculations) we stopped off at the merchandise shop on the way out. We didn't buy anything as everything can be found in other stores for much cheaper. We spent the best part of the day here and it was a day well spent.
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