Dublin at a Glance
It's no wonder that Dublin is one of the most visited cities in Europe. With warm and welcoming people, rich cultural and artistic history, and a generally fun atmosphere, Dublin has something for everyone. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Trinity College, or immerse yourself in a pint of what is arguably the world's best stout, you'll be experiencing something that is uniquely Irish.
Not to be missed Dublin offers a fascinating world of cultural and heritage attractions in addition to its legendary pub and party scene:
- Trinity College: Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the grounds of an Augustinian priory. The impressive buildings date back as far as the 1700s. The library houses over 1 million books and priceless manuscripts. A must-see is “The Book of Kells”.
- National Museum of Archaeology: A must-see for anyone interested in prehistoric and medieval Ireland.
- The Famine Monuments: Not the happiest of places, but a moving and powerful depiction of a piece of Irish history. Located on Custom House Quay.
- Temple Bar: Originally slated for demolition and redevelopment as a bus and rail terminal, the area south of the Liffey was saved and reinvented as a bohemian quarter. It houses some of the busiest pubs and bars in Dublin.
- Ha’Penny Bridge: Dublin’s oldest pedestrian bridge, crossing the River Liffey. Erected in 1816, it takes its name for the toll levied on all pedestrians crossing the bridge until 1919.
Uniquely Dublin Whether you are a fan of the world-famous stout or not (although I wouldn’t admit it, if you aren’t!), the Guinness Storehouse is a must-see. Based at the historic James Gate, this is part of the original brewery. Here you will learn the history of Guinness, see the strict brewing process and buy all the Guinness swag your heart could desire. Tourists can even learn to pour the perfect pint.
Good to know about Dublin
- Climate: Dublin has a maritime climate with mild winters, cool summers and a lack of temperature extremes. Average max temperature in July is 19°C.
- City Transportation: The Dublin Bus is a network of nearly 200 radial, cross-city and peripheral routes, and will take you anywhere you need. Also available is the Luas, a light rail tram network.
- Accommodation: Affordable hotels, luxurious B&Bs and even cheap hostels. See Dublin Hotels for more details.
- Eating Out: Traditional fish and chips from a pub, or innovative taste combinations from a Michelin rated restaurant. You will find a little bit of everything here.
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