Dublin ( DUB )
City Guide, Dublin
Placed at the Northwest of Europe, Ireland is an island surrounded by many islands and separated from Britain by the Irish Sea. Standing as the largest city of the island, Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It overlooks Dublin Bay at the mouth of Liffey River. By its population, it is one of the fastest growing cities of Europe. The city is the administrative, economic and cultural hearth of Ireland. Dublin is world famous as a city of literature and writers. Being the mother land of famous musicians, the capital is the party capital of Europe.
In addition to its vibrant culture, Dublin is the favorite tourism city for hundred thousands of tourists by its historical sites and structures, picturesque villages, spectacular coastline, majestic castles and cultural heritage centers.
Dublin evokes ancient civilization. Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building and the most significant landmark of Dublin. Built in 1030, the church is home to treasuries of genuine manuscripts, historical artifacts and silverwares. Drimnagh Castle is one of the spectacular examples of the feudal era. It is the only Irish castle surrounded by flooded moat. Its views of Dublin parks are magnificent. Dublin Castle, Aras an Uachtarain (the residence of the President) and Whitefriar Street Church are three of the other historical structures of the city.
Crossing over the Liffey River, Ha’penny Bridge is the oldest pedestrian bridge of the city. The bridge was constructed in 1816.
Dublin has many beautiful gardens. Dublin’s Secret Garden placed at the end of Blessington Street is a heaven for local wildlife. Fernhill Gardens are composed of large parklands, woodlands, water-gardens which are privately owned. National Botanic Gardens located at Glasnevin were found in 1795. This amazing area is home to sensory garden, rock garden, a large pond, student garden and decorative plants. Dublin Zoo is the most favorable family attraction. Here, you will find giraffes, zebras, rhinos, hippos, chimpanzees and a great deal more.
Culture and Entertainment
Dublin has a colorful, dynamic and pretty diverse culture holding many world wide famous elements. Literature, music, galleries and museums well reflect the cultural treasuries of the city. As for the entertainment, Dublin is one of the top nightlife and entertainment destinations in the world.
The world literature owes too much to the Dublin’s literary accumulations. The world wide famous literary history of the city boasts with its great writers. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), James Joyce (1882-1941), Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Bram Stoker (1847-1912, the author of “Dracula”) and a great more world-renowned man of letters appeared in Dublin. James Joyce Center, the Shaw’s House and Oscar Wild House are three of the best places to know some of these names.
Dublin hosts a great number of museums, galleries and libraries. The biggest literary museums and libraries of Ireland are placed at Dublin. National Print Museum of Ireland and National Library of Ireland are two prominent ones. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Writers Museum, National Gallery, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Natural History Museum, Trinity College Library and James Joyce Museum are some of the other best culture centers of the city.The musical city boasts with its world famous musicians. Chieftains, U2, Boyzone and Westlife were born at Dublin. Many pubs found in the city are the best places for a great range of music genres such as traditional, popular music.
Food and Drink
In addition to being the capital and the largest city of Ireland, Dublin is the culinary capital of Ireland. The city is home to infinite number of various restaurants offering from the world-wide cuisines. The best delicacies of the contemporary local cuisine and the tasty flavors of the international cuisine will delight every kind of gourmet.
The Temple Bar and Trinity areas are among the best places for international and local tastes. French, Italian like world cuisines are represented at the best restaurants of these regions.
The Saint Stephen’s Green area is filled with culinary venues of modern Irish dishes served in different settings. The wine bars placed around this region have rich wine list.
The coastline parts of the city are the great places for dining out. Accompanied by the sea air, a fish meal is one of the best dining experiences.
Dublin has a fascinating shopping world. Its shopping streets, large shopping centers and amazing shopping markets are well-equipped enough to cover all the needs and every kind of curiosity.
Grafton, O’Connell, Moor, Henry and Grafton streets are some of the most popular shopping streets of the city. At these shopping locations, you will find world brands, specialty boutiques, fashionable department stores, antique shops and local souvenirs. Temple Bar is the best part of the city for local souvenirs and crafts.
George’s Street Arcade, Boor Market, Cow Lane’s Fashion and Design Market, Temple Bar Food Markets and Temple Bar Craft & Furniture Market are some of the most popular shopping markets of Dublin.
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