A small capital with a big reputation, Dublin’s mix of heritage and culture will warm your heart.
Dublin’s history goes back to the 9th century, and while embers of its Viking past have been largely extinguished, the city is now a living museum of its historic past, with medieval castles and cathedrals visible alongside the architectural splendours of its 18th-century prime, when Dublin was the most handsome Georgian city of the British Empire and a fitting reflection of the aspirations of its most privileged citizens. But power was wrested from their hands, and you can explore how that was achieved in its museums and on some of its intriguing walking tours.
Dubliner’s are known to possess a distinctive personality. Their accent is unique and their temperament is a mixture of burning ego, flaming temper, stubbornness, great personal charm and warmth, and a sharp wit.
A Few Drams.
Even in these times of ‘drink awareness’ and health warnings, the pub remains the revered shrine of social interaction in Dublin. The city’s relationship with alcohol is complex and conflicted, but it is still widely accepted that a night out in the pub is the perfect social lubricant and one of the highlights of a visit to Dublin. ‘Dub’s’ have their own favourite haunts, from the quaint traditional pubs to whatever new modern complexes are opening up. With more than 1000 of them spread about the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Dublin is blessed with a myriad of visitor attractions, a city where there is never enough time to explore the rich history and culture, the architecture and streets-cape and to visit the endless places of interest and intrigue.
Here are a few of the ‘must visit’ attractions that will leave the visitor captivated and fascinated.
Founded in 1795, the National Botanic Gardens are a botanic haven within the bustling capital city. Set in Glasnevin, County Dublin, the gardens contain more than 15,000 plant species from habitats around the world.
The National Museum of Ireland-Natural History, on Merrion Street in Dublin, has galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, as well as geological exhibits from a total collection of about two million scientific specimens.
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to the world famous stout since 1759, you simply cannot leave Dublin without having paid a visit.
No family day out in Dublin would be complete without a visit to Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park. It’s a fun filled, stimulating day out for all the family and a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered.
Croke Park is an iconic stadium that has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years. The guided tour offers visitors an insight into Ireland’s national games and reveals the important role the games played in the development of Modern Ireland.
The Book of Kells remains one of the world’s most famous manuscripts with its ornately decorated pages written back around 800 AD. Housed in Trinity College, this book of the four gospels in latin is one of Ireland’s major visitor attractions.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. Built between 1220 and 1260 the Cathedral is one of the few buildings left from the medieval city of Dublin. Jonathan Swift who is one of around 700 burials on site of St Patrick’s.
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and is where the city gets its name from the Black Pool – ‘Dubh Linn’ which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments part of the Viceregal court.
Dublin is renowned for its music, song, dance, literature and folklore. Being the home of ‘Riverdance, U2, Westlife and iconic writers such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, J M Synge, Sean O’Casey, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Maeve Binchy and many others, it is no surprise that the city has become an important capital of literature and culture.
I love Dublin and although I live 100 miles south east of it I regard it as ‘My Fair City’.