Wondering what to do in Dublin? There’s no better place to start your Dublin adventure than the Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of St James’s Gate Brewery, it’s the perfect introduction to the rich history of the city – a history that’s deeply intertwined with Guinness.
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When you walk the streets, the Guinness family’s influence is palpable. From striking architecture to lush green spaces, they have been a positive force in Dublin for centuries. So once you’ve explored the Guinness Storehouse and are wondering what else to do in Dublin, why not get to know our city a little better with a visit to these key landmarks?
Guinness in the City
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Discover how the Guinness family helped shape Dublin’s past with a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral. A top tourist attraction, this historic building has been part of the fabric of the city since 1191.
In 1860, Sir Benjamin Guinness initiated and provided funds for a complete renovation of the cathedral. His work was later continued by his son Edward Cecil Guinness, who created St Patrick’s Park. Today, a large statue of Sir Benjamin Guinness stands at the cathedral entrance, honouring the philanthropic contributions made by him and his family over the years.
Almost completely enclosed by buildings, Iveagh Gardens are often called Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’. But they’re certainly worth tracking down: with sunken lawns, fountains, a waterfall, hedge maze and an archery ground, Iveagh Gardens are one of the city’s hidden gems.
Since Sir Benjamin Guinness bought the site in 1862, adjacent to his town house at 80 St. Stephen’s Green, the history of Iveagh Gardens has been intertwined with that of the Guinness family. The gardens remained in the care of the family until 1939, when Rupert Guinness, the 2nd Lord Iveagh gave them as a gift to the Irish nation and they became a public park. If you are wondering what to do in Dublin after your visit to the Iveagh gardens, nearby St. Stephens Green also has an interesting connection to the Guinness family.
A stunning 27-acre park in the heart of Dublin city centre, St Stephen’s Green is one of Dublin’s most charming green spaces – but it hasn’t always been open to everyone.
Although originally a public space, St Stephen’s Green was closed and privately sold in 1663. It remained shut to the public until 1877, when Sir Arthur Edward Guinness pushed an act through Parliament that allowed him to buy, landscape and give the gardens back to the city. A statue of Sir Arthur Edward Guinness now stands at St Stephen’s Green, commemorating the return of the park to the people of Dublin.
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle is at the very heart of the city’s history. In fact, the city gets its name from the ‘Dubh Linn’ (‘Black Pool’) on the site of the present Castle Gardens and Coach House.
In the 1770s. Arthur Guinness was appointed as the official brewer to Dublin Castle. It was the headquarters of the English administration in Ireland at the time, and it remained so until Ireland gained independence in 1922. Today, the Castle is a major Irish government complex and thriving tourist attraction.
You can walk to Dublin Castle from Guinness Storehouse in just 15 minutes, making it the perfect destination if you are wondering what to do in Dublin after The Guinness Storehouse.
And when you’re ready to explore even more, Dublin has got plenty of treasures for you to discover!