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Meeting new people is one of the best parts of travelling, and with 1,000,000 residents living in this part of Dublin, you're bound to have no shortage of opportunities.
In a lively, world-renowned destination filled with things to see and do, Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral are in a league of their own. Ha' Penny Bridge and the Dublinia also feature on the pages of almost every Dublin travel guide, and they simply cannot be passed by!
Your entire family will enjoy a visit to National Aquatic Centre and Clondalkin Leisure Centre. If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not visit the National Wax Museum Plus and Saggart Pitch and Putt Course as well?
Keen to visit the wildest spot in town? Then head to the Dublin Zoo, where you can marvel at some of the wonders of the magnificent animal kingdom.
Do you and your buddies enjoy a few drinks? See if there are any scheduled tours and pick the brains of the accomplished brewers at the Guinness Storehouse.
Feeling lucky? Challenge the blackjack dealer at the Casino at Marino or the Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club. Or, if you're not the betting kind, grab a cocktail and just absorb the high-stakes atmosphere! The Dr. Quirkey's Good Time Emporium and the Sporting Emporium Casino, Dublin are also ready and waiting!
For a pleasant afternoon out, make a trip to the National Botanic Gardens or the Talbot Botanic Gardens. The wandering pathways and creatively landscaped garden beds are a joy to the senses.
If you want a break from the fast pace of the city, head to an urban oasis like the Garden of Remembrance or the War Memorial Gardens. Also consider kicking back and whiling away a pleasant afternoon at at St. Stephen's Green or Phoenix Park.
To truly get to know a place, there's nothing like arming yourself with a little local knowledge. Whatever you're hoping to find, the welcoming team at Waterways Visitor Centre should be able to show you the way.
River Dodder and The Forty Foot will truly delight your senses. Not just because of the calming atmosphere and serene views that naturally accompany freshwater lakes, but for the vibrancy of the waterbirds that flock there, too. River Liffey is one more natural waterbody that's worthy of a day trip.
Longing for a lazy day by the seaside? Feel the salty wind on your face and let the water wash over your feet at Sandymount Beach and Donabate Beach. Continue on to Dollymount Beach for another taste of the area's coastline.
You probably know about its must-see museums and malls, but don't forget that Dublin has some spectacular natural environments too. Dalkey Island and Howth Harbour are two to consider. For a little more breathing space, head to Dun Laoghaire Harbour and St Annes Park.
Head to the National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square or the National Museum of Natural History if the weather's not looking nice. Study the captivating exhibits or just relax in the tranquil surroundings. After more? Also go to the Book of Kells and the Dublin Writers Museum.
From the design of different ships to the artefacts found inside the hull, the displays at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and the National Maritime Institute Museum will catch the eye of anyone who's interested in Dublin's maritime history.
The awesome scientific gizmos and gadgets on display at the Science Gallery could keep you stimulated for days on end. To get straight to the best stuff, you might want to ask around about any upcoming presentations or talks.
As everybody knows, our world is a miraculous place. Nowhere is this more evident than in the overflowing display cabinets at the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History.
In a place chock-full of highly regarded art collections, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art manage to stand out from the bunch. More bright canvases and imaginative sculptures are waiting for you at the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art and the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.
Get a glimpse into the influence that Dublin's past people and events had on the country, and sometimes the world, at the Dalkey Heritage Centre and the Pearse Museum. For an even deeper peek into times gone by, also think about visiting the Little Museum of Dublin and the Dvblinia & the Viking World.
Get a fascinating look into the past when you explore a few of Dublin's historically important sites. Though you've got many to pick from, the Trinity College and the National Library of Ireland are excellent places to start. If time isn't an issue, Four Courts and the Old Jameson Distillery are a couple more must-sees.
You're likely to stumble upon O'Connell Bridge as you tour the city. This historic piece of architecture was built in a different era and will remain here for a long time to come.
For a fairytale escape, look up and gaze in awe at the spellbinding exterior of Malahide Castle and Clontarf Castle. Ardgillan Castle and Drimnagh Castle also look as though they belong to the pages of a fantasy book. If luck is on your side, there might be a guided tour programmed.
No matter your beliefs, you're sure to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Michan's Church. St. Audeon's Church and John's Lane Augustinian Church will also interest those looking for some quiet self-reflection.
They probably aren't splashed across the front page of a glossy travel magazine, but Millennium Bridge and the Leopardstown Racecourse are still well worth a stop. Don't forget to swing by Royal Irish Yacht Club and Clara Lara Fun Park either.
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If you're after a simple room without all the bells and whistles, the Portobello Hotel, located at 33 South Richmond St, is your safest bet. Yet another accommodation that provides excellent service at an even better price is the Glen Guesthouse, which can be found at 84 Lower Gardiner Street. Or, maybe you'd rather live like a king or queen as the experienced staff at the Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel fulfil your every desire? The InterContinental Dublin is yet another popular choice for travellers who relish the finer things in life.
This majestic structure was built between 1191 and 1270, in honour of Ireland's patron saint. The largest church in Ireland, it is actually a Protestant (Anglican) place of worship but is also open—for a small fee—to visitors who wish to tour the towering Gothic interior. The church is filled with stained glass, religious icons, and monuments, including a bust commemorating author Jonathan Swift, who is buried here. More famous than the cathedral itself is its choir, which was founded 60 years before Columbus discovered America. In 1742, Handel's 'Messiah' was premiered to the world, performed by members of the choir, who still sing twice daily in the cathedral.
When your doors have been open to scholars for over 400 years, you're bound to produce some notable alumni. The old stone walls of Trinity, first erected under Queen Elizabeth in 1592, have seen young luminaries such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett pass through the cobbled courtyards. Tours of the historic complex take in The Old Library, which houses one of the country’s national treasures: The Book of Kells. Far from a dusty old tome, the pages of this 9th-century volume created by Celtic monks contain stunningly intricate artwork using rare and expensive dyes and shimmering gold paint.
Feel Ireland's troubled history come to life as you trace the bullet holes of the pockmarked General Post Office with your fingertips. This is one of the world's oldest post offices and was the headquarters of the violent Easter Rising, which brought the city to its knees in 1916. When the Irish republicans were defeated, the rebel leaders (some of them teenage boys) were taken to the courtyard of Kilmanham Jail and executed. The tour of one of Europe's most notorious prisons is morbid, but it paints a memorable picture of the 'Heroes of the Irish Resistance' who were martyred here.
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Head to a pub outside of the touristy Temple Bar area for an authentic Dublin cultural experience.
Visit the National Botanic Gardens during Christmas for a spectacular seasonal display of lights and music.
Visit Croke Park to watch hurling, an active and fast-paced outdoor sport that is a longtime Irish favourite.
Exercise your wallet in Dublin's best shopping area, which sits at the end of Grafton Street.
Escape the rain and the crowds, and spend a few hours browsing the art and books in this ancient library.
The weather in Ireland tends to be relatively cool year round. The best time to visit is August, the sunniest and warmest month of the year, when many days reach 17Â°C. Many of the city's most popular events happen in August, like the Tall Ships Races and National Heritage Week. If you're looking to visit when the crowds are thinner, travel to Dublin during the low-season winter months. Temperatures are cooler from November through January, often dropping to 7Â°C, but you won't have to stand in long lines to get into the city's attractions. Dublin experiences cloudy days and rain throughout the year, so don't forget to pack an umbrella and rain gear.
One of the largest parks in the world, (four times the size of London's Hyde Park and double New York's Central Park) Phoenix Park in Dublin is an urban oasis just 2 km west of the city centre. Stretching across almost 1,800 hectares, the land was originally a hunting ground for King Charles II, who had the park surrounded by a substantial wall to prevent his deer from escaping. The parkland is still home to a substantial population of deer, plus the president’s residence (open for tours at weekends), Dublin Zoo, and a medieval castle.
A trip to Dublin is incomplete without a sip of the black stuff. The best place to learn about Ireland's most recognized export is at the Guinness Brewery, where an informative exhibition explains how the famous stout is made. Understand why ten million glasses of Guinness are produced every day all over the world as you sip your complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar, with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. If the evening is still young, then head to the Temple Bar area, which is crowded with all kinds of bars, or make your way to The Brazen Head, which claims to be Ireland's oldest pub.
If you're lucky enough to be in town on the day of a Gaelic football match, then you should not miss this electric experience. Buy tickets online (www.gaa.ie/tickets) and take a seat to watch one of Ireland's two unique national sports—hurling or Gaelic football. Both are fast, fierce, and have the crowd leaping to their feet as the passion of rival county team fans is belted out in chants and cheers. Outside of match days, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the stadium, players’ dressing rooms, tunnels, and the hallowed pitch itself. The on-site museum has a great section detailing how Gaelic sports have taken off in far-flung clubs worldwide. This is the most thrilling piece of Irish heritage you'll encounter in Dublin—don't miss it.
Spacious and modern, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is in the heart of Dublin, within walking distance of the most notable sights and attractions. A relatively new accommodation option, the Blu Royal prides itself on the warm hospitality of its staff coupled with a wonderfully quiet, calm area—despite the proximity to shopping, sights, and theatres—perfect for a restful sleep and peaceful breakfast.
For a charming choice with plenty of history, go for The Shelbourne Hotel, which was founded in 1824 and has been carefully restored to its original elegance. The high price tag is worth it for luxurious linens, afternoon tea in the parlour, a location right on St. Stephens green, and a concierge who caters to every whim.
For sleek, funky style, check in to The Gibson Hotel, which is in the perfect location if you're attending a concert in the O2 Stadium opposite. Try the excellent Continental breakfast, or upgrade to a junior suite for a real treat. Ask for a room overlooking the landscaped courtyard garden—a tranquil oasis near the heart of the city.
A Dublin landmark since 1817, The Gresham Hotel is one of the top four-star hotels in the city and is close to some important sights, the O2 concert venue, and Croke Park. The hotel's interior is pure Old World luxury, with crystal chandeliers, a huge marble staircase, and liveried doormen to politely welcome you.
You will land at Dublin Airport, about 10 km (6 mi) north of the city, where it couldn’t be easier to catch an airport shuttle into town. Services are offered by Dublin Bus and Aircoach, who run 24 hours and offer tickets both in the arrivals terminal and directly from the bus driver. These Dublin airport busses run every 10 minutes during the day, and the journey takes about 45 minutes. Taxis are a little faster and cost roughly €25, and car hire in Dublin is a practical alternative, though parking fees can be quite high.
The city is wonderfully compact, and so walking to major sights from your hotel in Dublin shouldn't be a problem. If you're traveling farther than the centre, though, the local bus network offers a cheap and reliable service (fares run €1.15–2.20; you'll need exact change) while the light rail system (LUAS) runs between the two major train stations and close to Croke Park.
It goes without saying that St. Patrick's Day (17 March) is a calendar highlight in Ireland's capital, with a vibrant parade and lots of 'happy' locals spilling out onto the streets to spread the word about the saint's good deeds.
In October, the Samhain festival marks Halloween, Irish style, with a late-evening pagan parade and a huge fireworks display.
For equestrian enthusiasts, the Dublin Horse show in August presents impressive show jumping and dressage; though the highlight for many is the outrageous fashion, as women compete for the 'best dressed' prize on Ladies Day.
The whole city is electrified on the last Sunday in September, when the All-Ireland Football Finals sees thousands of Gaelic football fans flock to Dublin to support their country.
As for the weather, Ireland is not famous for having Indian summers—or much of a summer at all. What keeps the Emerald Isle so lusciously green is a near-constant supply of precipitation.
That's not to say that summer months can't be mild and that beautifully sunny stretches never happen, but many days are punctuated by a downpour. So pack an umbrella and smile!
Spring is a great time to see flowers blooming and lambs take their first wobbling steps, while summer is when outdoor events really kick off in the city (be prepared for crowds).
You could always be lucky and catch a mild autumn, in which case most tourists have gone home and you'll have cobbled streets, river walks, and cosy pub booths all to yourself.
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