Dublin – Capital of Ireland – A cosmopolitan city

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Evening in Dublin

Evening in Dublin

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and is located on the East coast.

It is renowned for its Irish tradition and the friendly atmosphere that is created by the locals.

The Emerald Isle offers wonderful hospitality, complemented by its warm and friendly hosts.

A cosmopolitan city, Dublin is rightly proud of its rich heritage, but also presents a modern face in keeping with contemporary culture.

The city of Dublin has exquisite museums and a thriving nightlife.

But even more appealing is the beautiful, rural landscape and charming small towns that await you.

Dublin has an International Airport making it easily accessible by air.

You can fly to Dublin from London in about one hour, making that by far the most convenient way to get to town – especially in light of the slow train-to-overnight-ferry alternative.

From Dublin Airport to the city centre you can use the Airlink, which is an express bus service to the bus station, the city centre or finally the train station.

Despite being the biggest city in Ireland, it is relatively compact and can be seen on foot.

Orienting Yourself in Dublin

Dublin has an excellent bus system that will carry you around the town with very little effort or expense.

Or if you prefer a more energetic afternoon, renting a bicycle and touring on a bike is a popular way to see the city up close and personal.

The city of Dublin is sprawling, but many of its sights are concentrated in the city center near the Liffery River.

Liffey River - Dublin

Liffey River – Dublin

The river Liffey separates Dublin, the North from the South, with typically the working class on the North and the middle and upper class on the South.

In more recent years the city has also been divided socio-economically between East and Westside too. 

Dublin has a sizable number of immigrants, coming from Great Britain, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and continental Europe.

More recently, Nigerian, Indian, and Eastern European populations have also migrated into the city, largely attracted by Ireland’s economic success since the mid-1990’s.

Old and once run-down streets have rapidly become busy ‘ethnic districts’, such as Moore Street’s transformation into ‘Little Africa’ and Parnell Street East into the city’s de-facto ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Asian Village’.

These villages are a great way for tourists to spend the afternoon, casually walking the cobblestone streets, shopping and having lunch!

Most sights lie on the south side of the River Liffey, though several interesting sights exist on the north side around Parnell Square.

There is plenty to do in Dublin if you are on vacation or sightseeing.

The National Print Museum of Ireland
– The Irish Museum of Modern Art
– The National Gallery of Ireland
– The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery
– The Chester Beatty Library
– And three centres of the National Museum of Ireland are all located in Dublin.

Accommodation Choices

Hostels, lodgings, and bed and breakfasts are the most common accommodation options.                                          These are scattered around the city in abundance and cater for all budgets and requirements.                                    There are a few quality hotels located on the north side of the city for those who prefer that option.

Dining Choices

The majority of dining establishments mainly offer traditional pub food although all international cuisine can be found within the city.

Temple Bar Dublin

Temple Bar Dublin

There are plenty of restaurants and nightlife anywhere you want to go, from the friendly outdoor pubs to the Temple Bar, which is “The Place” for nightlife and often people from Britain and beyond visit for the weekend.

 

Sights and Attractions

Dublin has a vast history so there are plenty of historic features to check out.

The Christchurch Cathedral is a medieval focal point in the centre of the city.

If you are interested in a citys character, feel and history then go to Grafton Street, Dublin Castle and the Irish Parliament. Also check out the Joyce, Dublin Writers and National museums as these are traditional to the city of Dublin.

Shops
If shopping is your thing then you are best off going to Grafton Street, St Stephens Green and Henry Street.                These streets sell all the fashion brands as well as electronics and jewellery.                                                                You can also find unique souvenirs in the small gift shops down some of the side streets.

Whatever you prefer, you are sure to find in Dublin. 

And dont forget to catch a football or a rugby game at Croke Park, which seats 82,300 fans!

There are other sports arenas scattered around the city for soccer, horse and greyhound racing, baseball, and other athletic events which are held at Morton Stadium in Santry.

If Golf is your sport then The Royal Dublin Golf Club, more than a century old golf course is most venerate and the second oldest golf course.

This golf club covers a huge area of 230 acres and belongs to the Adare Manor Estate. Adare Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. offering a magnificent parkland layout. This is one of the leading parkland courses in Ireland.

So, from fine dining to eating in your hotel and the wonderful restaurants, to cultural exhibits around town, and seasonal sports events across the country to ending a wonderful day with a night of dancing or walking along the beach, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy while in Dublin.

 

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