Dublin, Ireland's best city break destination, is just so steeped in history, culture and fantastic sightseeing opportunities it’s no wonder everybody wants to visit. This is a destination for the 'young at heart' for the city's vibrant atmosphere is largely contributed by a really young population (69% of the city are under the age of 45). Dublin is a really compact destination perfect for enjoying on foot with a highly pedestrianised shopping high street along with a variety of attractions within close proximity of one another. If you are planning an in depth schedule of Dublin sightseeing we recommend that you purchase the Dublin Pass and delight in considerable savings! The brilliant Dublin Tour Bus is a fabulous way to cover the bulk of all the interesting attractions within the city.
What side of Dublin will you opt for? Meandering through the middle of town, the river Liffey divides Dublin in to the North and South sides. The two areas are loaded with differences what with the south side being more ‘well to do’ and then the north being the more ‘neglected’ of the two. Both north and south sides of Dublin feature popular sight seeing attractions and always benefit from year round tourist activity.
The south of the city is considered the home of the Dublin elite with the popular Temple Bar area situated around the twisting cobbled streets of Dame Street. Offering a vibrant atmosphere and a focus upon arts related businesses, Temple Bar is definitely the happening spot to be since its recent regeneration. No need to stress about gangs of lads overpowering the bars for stag parties are forbidden from the pubs to try to keep things nice and dignified in the Temple Bar.
Deep in the middle of the south side sits one of the oldest and most spectacular of architectural attractions in the city, is that of Dublin Castle in the Medieval District. Check out the castle’s Chester Beatty Library famed for its incredible assortment of Islamic and Oriental Art - one of the best in the world. Next to the medieval cathedrals of St Patrick and Christchurch is Marsh’s Library featuring an affluent range of first editions, manuscripts and Hebrew and Arabic prints. Also here is one of Europe’s leading educational establishments, Trinity College. Visitors attend the college in great numbers specifically to check out the medieval Book of Kells.
When in Dublin, literary enthusiasts might want to head across to St Stephens Green, amidst the Georgian architectural grandeur of buildings with their origins in the eighteenth century. Locals love to escape the hectic world within its beautifully landscaped park complete with stunning lake decorated at every other turn by beautiful statues. Outside from the cosy leafy bosom of peace is Dublin’s Grafton Street - where shopping knows no bounds. Here is more on Dublin B&Bs (just click the next post) have a look at www.dublin-hotel-bookings.co.uk/ Other interesting attractions around the south side consist of The National Gallery, the HQ of the Irish Parliament, Leinster House and Kilmainham Gaol.
Investigate the north side when visiting Dublin even though this is generally shabby. Many of the city’s visitors take a look at the GPO building in O’Connell Street due to its Easter Rising significance - back in the day the headquarters of the demonstrators and has remained a point of interest for no end of future demonstrations. Also here in the north side are the Botanic Gardens, the James Joyce Centre as well as the Dublin Writer’s Museum. More on the horticultural theme is the largest park in Europe, Phoenix Park. Inside the vast complex are the city zoo and the official residence of the Irish President.
For any attractions out of town you will need to hire a car. There are numerous really lovely places that lie about the outskirts. To begin, a great day trip is promised with a short drive out to Bull Island. Here is the Royal Dublin Golf Course as well as the region’s bird sanctuary. Dublin Bay provides a coastal beauty spot well suited for blowing off the cobwebs and is nearby to the pretty harbour of Howth Village. A little further a field sit the delights of extremely rural and coastal Dun Laoghaire.
Dublin is packed with treasure but if you're planning an extensive itinerary of Dublin sightseeing it might cost you a fortune! We recommend that you purchase the Dublin Pass and enjoy considerable savings! The brilliant Dublin Tour Bus is a fabulous way to cover the bulk of all of the attractions throughout the city.