Dublin is a city whose name means “black pool” when translated into English. It is located at the entrance of the River Liffey and is located on Ireland’s Eastern coast. It is the capital of Ireland and is the most densely populated city in the country. The city has been called home by many prominent literary figures including George Benard Shaw, William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett.
One of the most popular sites in the city of Dublin to visit is Trinity College. Trinity College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. This complex is composed of many fascinating buildings and stone pathways. It is one of Ireland’s oldest universities and many famous students have passed through its halls, including Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Another incredible historical landmark is Dublin Castle. This castle was built in 1204 and appears to be constantly going through a state of renovation. It was used during the 17th century for meetings of the Parliament, as well as court sessions. In the 18th century apartments were added that are still used on occasion for state functions.
If your looking to see all the treasures of Ireland gathered in one location than all you have to do is take a trip to the National Museum Of Ireland. Housed are some of the most priceless pieces of Irish art and jewelry. Items included here are the twelfth century Cross Of Cong, the Tara Brooch and Ardagh Chalice. Admission is free to the public. A trip through literary history can be gained by visiting the National Library. This historic library has a heraldry museum and a genealogical office where visitors can trace their Irish family tree.
The largest church in Ireland can also be seen in Dublin. St. Patricks Cathedral was constructed in the twelfth century on what was believed to be the spot where St. Patrick baptized his followers. In the early part of the eighteenth century, Jonathan Swift was dean here and wrote one of his most famous books, Gulliver’s Travels.
Dublin is also a great city to bring the kids. There are numerous attractions aimed at children and families alike. These include the Viking Splash Tour, Fry Model Railway, Airfield House And Farm, The Lambert Puppet Theater and Imaginosity. A popular attraction for visitors of all ages is the Dublin Zoo. This is one of the premier zoos of all of Europe and places an emphasis on education and conservation. Visitors can see all different types of animals from monkeys to Asian elephants and everything in between. There is also a farm, a train and a petting zoo located here. For those interested more in Dublin’s vibrant nightlife than its historical landmarks then its time to check out the Temple Bar District. This district has a whole host of nightclubs, pubs, cinemas and entertainment venues available to everyone.
If the Temple Bar District didn’t curb your appetite for the drink then consider cruising on over to the Guinness Storehouse. This is the original location where Arthur Guinness first started brewing the strong brew that is popular not only in Ireland but all over the world. Visitor’s can take a guided tour through the entire history of this fabulous beer. Each tour concludes with the visitors getting a complimentary pint and a stop at the Gravity Bar. The Gravity Bar is located at the top of the building and offers an excellent view of the city. Another historic location is The Old Jameson Distillery. Here visitors can learn the entire history of whiskey and even ask the experts any whisky related question that they might have. After their tour, visitors can also sample a variety of different Scotch, Irish and American spirits.
A welcoming distraction from the clamor and din of the city is Phoenix Park. This is the largest park in all of Europe and has beautiful lakes, well manicured gardens and vast grasslands. Inside the park is the home of the current president of Ireland. Dublin also offers a diverse collection of shops and shopping venues. The largest shopping center in all of Ireland is the Blanchardstown Centre. Here you can find shops of all sorts spread out over two floors and four wings. Also located in the city is the Jervis Shopping Centre. This is also a fine shopping venue. For an upscale shopping experience visitors can make a stop at Grafton Street, where many upscale shops sell gold and silver souvenirs. And last, but not least are the shops of the Blackrock Market. Here visitors can find a whole plethora of hand produce Celtic arts and crafts. Dublin is also a city that has plenty of lodging accommodations available to visitors. You can choose wonderful Georgian guest houses, easy going hostels and even five star hotels. Some of the favorites are the Dylan Hotel and the Merrion.