Dublin | The Capital of Ireland

featuredimage-dublinWhile its cobblestoned streets still echo with medieval charm, a high-tech boom over the last 20 years has transformed the face of Ireland’s capital city. Today, Dublin is a cosmopolitan hub merging a thousand years of rich and colorful history with world-class theaters, raucous nightlife and, of course, storied old pubs.

Located at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin serves as Ireland’s cultural center as well as a modern nucleus of education, administration, economy, industry and the arts. Highly regarded for its commitment to the fields of literature and theater, the city has produced many notable playwrights and authors. In addition to arts and theater venues, Dublin is home to a variety of museums, sports complexes, highly regarded universities and stunning Georgian architecture.

While taking in everything this scenic city has to offer, however, don’t overlook perhaps its most enduring quality – the people – a charismatic bunch whose soul and sociability is infectious.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN DUBLIN

Guinness Storehouse
Explore Ireland’s number one visitor attraction. The ages-old Storehouse is central to Dublin’s heritage and provides an unforgettable welcome and magical journey deep into the heart of the world-famous GUINNESS® brand and company. Each of the Storehouse’s seven floors bring to life the story of GUINNESS®, from its origins at St. James Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand.

Temple Bar
Between Grafton and Henry Streets lies the “cultural quarter” of Dublin. Developed in the 19th century with narrow cobbled streets, running close to the banks of the river Liffey, Temple Bar is home to shops, restaurants, bars and lively nightlife.

Shopping on Grafton Street
Located on the south side of Dublin City, Grafton Street is renowned for shops, street vendors, eateries and performance artists. At the top of Grafton Street is St Stephens Green Shopping Centre that houses more than 100 shops under one roof.

Dublin Zoo
Situated in Phoenix Park, the Dublin Zoo is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of the busiest attractions in Dublin, welcoming more than one million visitors last year. The zoo provides habitat for more than 235 species of wild animals and is one of the oldest zoos in the world.

Dublin Castle
Originally built in the 13th century, Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. Today, Dublin Castle spans more than 11 acres and is now used for important state receptions and presidential inaugurations. When no such events are occurring, guided tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building.

The Book of Kells
Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will take visitors back to the 18th century. Inside the Old Library is the Book of Kells Exhibition – a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. Visitors are welcome seven days a week.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral
This Cathedral was built in honor of the patron saint. The well located adjacent to the cathedral is traditionally said to be the location where Saint Patrick himself baptized converts during his visit. Today, the church is available as a place of worship and for sightseeing for visitors. Charges made to visit the church are directly contributed towards the historic building.

Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Jail or Gaol is one of Europe’s most notorious prisons, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s. A tour of the prison includes a compelling audio-visual show.

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
The Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour allows you experience all the history and culture of Dublin in one visit. Buses start at 9am daily, and arrive at each stop every 10-15 minutes. You’ll enjoy live commentary from accredited drivers, all native Dubliners who will charm and entertain you.

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