Premium Experiences in Dublin
Sometimes the bog standard tour of an attraction will not suffice if you want to truly connect to the place you are visiting. If you’ve set aside a decent budget for a hands-on, pimped-up experience you can’t go wrong with these.
Jameson Distillery Bow St. – head upstairs to their private rooms for an enjoyable and educational whiskey blending or whiskey cocktail creating session. Whiskey blenders will come away with some great tips and a bottle of their own blended whiskey. The session ends with a visit to the storeroom for a taste of a unique batch of whiskey that Jameson are ageing at Bow Street - a special touch. The cocktail makers will have a less classroom style experience and imbibe enough whiskey cocktails to be well on their way by the end. The numbers are capped so you benefit from small groups and more facetime with the experts. Around EUR 50.00.
Cooks Academy – Ireland has shaken off the reputation of a nation of terrible eaters and has undertaken a foodie revolution in recent years. Many of the favourites haven’t changed but it’s now all about locally sourced, quality ingredients. At the Cooks Academy in central Dublin the friendly cooks offer sessions on how to make Irish classics from scratch, like sausages and blaas (a special type of bread from Waterford) and salmon and sourdough. Around EUR 50.00.
Guinness Storehouse – the thorough Connoisseur experience imparts a lot of interesting Guinness knowledge and leaves the participant a lot less sober than they were when they arrived. Sitting at a bar in a private room with your affable host/barman you’ll have a tour through the Guinness range and the brand’s history. You will be surprised by just how many variants of the black stuff there are and there will be plenty of samples. Around EUR 50.00.
Experience Gaelic Games – it’s not often you can go travelling and play a sport that’s unique to a particular country but in Ireland you have the chance to this with not just one but two sports. At Experience Gaelic Games you can try your hand at the national obsessions of hurling and Gaelic football. Absolutely no prior knowledge is needed so get yourself out in the sun (guaranteed) and earn some of your evening’s Guinness. Around EUR 50.00.
Irish Food Trail - finding a good food with a local flavour for a decent price can be a minefield in a new city but the Irish Food Trail takes the risk out of this. A local guide will walk and talk you around the streets of Dublin to three pubs and restaurants to sample some excellent modern and traditional Irish cooking. Around EUR 70.00.