Dublin is located on the East Coast of Ireland, stretching along the beautiful Irish Sea. The population of Dublin is 1.8 million people. With strong influence from its Danish, Norman and English antecedents, Dublin is a new, vibrant city, which still retains strong remnants of its traditions. Divided into two halves by the River Liffey, North Dublin boasts many famous landmarks including the GPO, the Spire, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Garden of Remembrance. Just a short walk from the Northside, Dublin is rapidly becoming the multilingual Internet capital of Europe. English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Latvian being amongst the most popular languages spoken in Dublin.
Dublin is one of the top ten city break destinations in Europe.
Here are the top things you must see:
Trinity College Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth the first. Trinity College is in the city centre in Dublin. You can view the Book of Kells and see an Irish harp. There are more than 200,000 books in the Trinity library.
Temple Bar Temple Bar is called Dublin’s Cultural quarter. Temple Bar is in the centre of the city. You can see Dublin’s oldest pedestrian crossing; the Ha’penny Bridge in Temple Bar. Temple Bar has many narrow cobbled streets. Temple Bar is full of shops, restaurants, and cultural events. Markets are held in Meeting House Square. Films are sometimes screened in Temple Bar during the summer.
Christchurch Cathedral Christchurch Cathedral is a very old and famous church in Dublin. It has been a place for people to pray for almost a thousand years. The crypt is the oldest structure in Dublin. You will find Christchurch in Dublin 8.
The Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland. The seven-storey building is in the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. On the tour you will learn everything about the world famous Irish beer. At the end of the tour you can enjoy a free pint of Guinness in Gravity Bar. In Ireland we call Guinness ‘the black stuff’ You will find the Guinness Storehouse on Saint James’s street, Dublin 8.
The Gaelic Athletic Association is called GAA for short. The GAA is the biggest sporting organisation in Ireland. Croke Park stadium is the headquarters of the GAA. Hurling and Gaelic football matches are played in Croke park. Hurling and Gaelic football are national sports in Ireland. During your visit to Croke Park, a tour guide will bring you to: • the dressing rooms • pitch side • the media centre at the top of the stadium. Croke Park can hold 82,000 people. It is also a very popular concert venue. You will find Croke Park on Saint Joseph’s Avenue, Dublin 3.
O’Connell Street is the main street in Dublin. O’ Connell Street is one of the widest streets in Europe. The street stretches from Parnell Street to O’Connell Bridge. You will see the spire in O’Connell Street The spire is a landmark which is 120 Metres. It is across from the GPO. O’Connell Street is a big shopping area.
The National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are more than 200 years old. These gardens contain: • a rock garden • an arboretum • a large pond • a lot of decorative plant life. The gardens are in Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
The National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland is a zoological museum with animals from all over the world. On the bottom floor you will see a variety of animals found in Ireland. You will also see the skeleton of a giant deer, which is now extinct. Extinct means died out.
Number Twenty Nine
Number Twenty Nine is a restored middle class house of the Georgian era of Dublin city. In the museum you can see the furniture from a typical comfortable home in Dublin more than 200 years ago. The tour takes you from the basement right up through the house to the attic. There is a collection of objects, paintings and furniture. You will find Number Twenty Nine on 29 Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin 2.