Obviously the highlight of any short visit to Dublin is a trip to the Guinness factory. I had been before but that was before Imagination and Robinson Keefe Devane Architects had created an award-winning building a few years ago. We were both so impressed with the way the exhibition was laid out, it was an engaging and fun way to build up a thirst for that perfect pint of Guinness on the top-floor bar.
The factory covers 56 acres and incredibly the lease was signed in 1759 at GBP 45 per year, for an amazing 9000 years! Interesting also that although the factory used to employ thousands, now, with all the automation of production, there only around 800 people working here.
We happily sampled Guinness half-way round the tour and again in the Gravity Bar overlooking the whole city below. The beer does taste better here of course.