Dublin

Dublin - a small city that packs a very big punch on the global arts scene!

Dublin's origins date back to its foundation by the Vikings in the 10th century AD. Over the years, it has grown into a city of just under 1.3 million. Despite rapid modernization in the late 20th century, the handsome Georgian heart of Dublin city centre remains intact, with many key sights being located in this part of the city.
The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin has a maritime climate with few extremes of temperature and the chance of rain all year round. With its wealth of indoor activities, the city is suitable for a holiday at any time. Booking airplane tickets outside of the school holidays is your best bet for competitively-priced flights . Ireland's time zone is GMT and the local currency is the Euro. Flights arrive at Dublin Airport , just over 6 miles from the city centre.

The city is inextricably linked to the literary tradition, whether expressed in novels, poetry or plays. Joyce, Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Beckett, Wilde and Swift are all associated with Dublin. If this list seems a bit overwhelming, the Dublin Writers Museum offers you an overview of the lives and works of famous Irish writers. It's also possible to experience the power of the spoken word in the shape of one of the city's many famous theatres, of which the Abbey, the Gaiety and the Gate are probably the most celebrated. However, the most famous work of literature in the city is neither a play nor a novel, but an exquisite illuminated copy of the New Testament Gospels, the Book of Kells. Displayed in the library of Trinity College Dublin (itself a major tourist draw), the book is thought to be over 1,200 years old.

Dublin - the city where green spaces and the Black Stuff reign supreme!

Travel to Dublin and you'll find that it's a greener city than you may have realized. Phoenix Park, a massive urban park of 1750 acres, is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. As well as the park, which has its own herd of Fallow Deer, it contains within its limits the residence of the President of Ireland, Dublin Zoo, the largest obelisk in Europe (the Wellington Monument) and the residence of the US Ambassador to Ireland. On a much smaller scale, but almost as famous, is St. Stephen's Green, the centrepiece of a handsome Georgian 'garden square' next to Grafton Street, and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a while.
One thing you can't escape in Dublin is Guinness, with the Guinness Storehouse tour being one of the city's favourite attractions. It shouldn't be forgotten, however, that Ireland has a proud whiskey-distilling tradition too, which can be explored in the Irish Whiskey Museum. This leads us naturally to another great Irish tradition - pubs. Dublin's top pubs include:
  • The Brazen Head, Ireland's oldest pub (established 1198)
  • The Long Hall
  • The Stag's Head, a Victorian era pub
  • O' Donoghues
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