Explore Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin - So much to see and do!
Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, why not take advantage of its superb cultural offerings as well as its lovely parks, friendly pubs, interesting historical sites and vibrant street scenes.
There are craft and food markets in Meeting House Square and Cow Lane at weekends. Other shopping locations include Henry Street in the city centre on the north side of the river. Temple Bar, south of the Liffey, is home to the biggest concentration of pubs and restaurants.
Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family... it’s a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is a registered charity – your visit will help maintain Dublin Zoo to a high standard, improve the Zoo and contribute to conservation programmes.
Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction, and welcomed almost one million visitors last year.
As one of the world’s oldest, yet modern zoos, the 28 hectare park in the heart of Dublin is home to some 600 animals in safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience!
This is the home of Guinness Stout, the famous black beer with the distinctive creamy head. Arthur Guinness purchased Rainsfords Brewery here in 1759 and began brewing his famous "Porter" which is now produced around the world at the rate of over 10 million glasses each day. Located on Crane Street, in the heart of Dublin's Liberties, the Guinness Storehouse, a converted 19th century building, should be part of any visitor's itinerary around the city.
The handsome four storey building houses the 'World of Guinness Exhibition', a fascinating audiovisual show on the history of Guinness in Ireland., a model Cooperage and Transport Museum, a souvenir shop and perhaps most appropriately a lively bar where you can sample Dublin's finest brew at your leisure. A new display of Guinness advertising past and present together with a shop packed with Guinness merchandise completes the visit.
The University of Dublin, founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland. Trinity College is the sole constituent college of the University. At present there are over 15,000 students and 1,200 staff members working on the College campus. Standing on a self-contained site in the heart of Dublin, the College covers some 40 acres of cobbled squares and green spaces, around buildings which represent the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries.
Its sixteen thousand staff and students form a compact academic community and are at the same time an intimate part of the city's life. Dublin offers a particularly congenial atmosphere for students and while small by international standards, it has in all respects the resources of a capital city with a full and varied cultural and intellectual life. The campus is wonderful, with lovely square and amazing buildings. The students are more then happy to stop and take a picture for you to! A must see is the Book of Kells and the Long Library.
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
Outside Dublin at the shore you can find Dalkey Castle. Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre is housed in the Medieval Goat Castle one of seven original towerhouses 1 of only 2 surviving. A superb example you can climb the ancient battlements for the best views of Dublin the sea and mountains. In the castle you can also glimpse down the original Murder Hole or read about the importance of the town of Dalkey during the middle ages written by Hugh Leonard.
The models and audio visuals will also give you flavour as to how the town developed through the ages from an outport of Dublin up to the Victorian era when Dalkey Quarry provided the granite for the majestic asylum harbour at Dun Laoghaire.
In the exhibition you can also find out about Dalkeys famous transport history to travel "on air" with the world acclaimed atmospheric railway or read about the literary greats such as Synge Shaw, Joyce and more contemporary writers who frequent the town. Neighbouring the castle is a quiet early Christian church and graveyard St. Begnets which a stroll around is a magical experience.
The History of Dublin
There is a historical North-South divide in the city, with the River Liffey marking the divide. The North part of the city has been traditionally working-class while the South has been more affluent. The distinction has mellowed conisderably in recent years, mostly due to the favourable economic conditions of recent times often referred to as the Celtic Tiger.
On the southside of the river, you'll find some of the most important sights (museums, churches, castles and public buildings) concentrated in a relatively small area. At College Green there's the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university.
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