One way to get ahead of the crowds is to get up and go pretty early and, even better, be situated only 10 minutes walk from the main attraction. The Guinness Storehouse is almost visible from the street corner near us. It is actually 7 stories high and the Guinness "Campus"covers about 65 acres so it does make quite the landmark.
We were on one of the first tours of the day around 10 AM. Obviously much has been written of the history of Guinness but we did learn a bit today, including about the 9000 year lease for 45 pounds per year. Some investment.
The tour is nearly all self serve and some people have told us it's not worth it, but it wasn't bad. The old equipment, explanatory videos, coopering (barrel making) videos, models and advertising history were are interesting and well executed. And then we go to earn our pouring certificates.
We ended up on the 4th floor and learned how to pour the perfect pint and get our certificate, then we headed up to the 7th floor to drink in the full wraparound windows of the Gravity Bar. We enjoyed the view and chatted with some 'Muricans while trying not to argue over the DOTUS (Dotard of the US). They left after a bit and we enjoyed talking with some Aussies after that.
After a trip through the gift shop and a few souvenirs we headed over to Trinity College. The Book Of Kells was there but no pictures were allowed We also visited the library which is quite remarkable.
Not too much more on the agenda for today except a bit of wandering and sweater shopping, though no buying other than groceries. Tomorrow we are getting up early for our trip to Northern Ireland.
Some more pics from the day: