City Break to Dublin
Dublin is the first town people think about when the land of Ireland is mentioned. For many, even people who have never visited the Irish republicâ€™s capital city, the name conjures up visions of a merry, lively place.
People visit Dublin to enjoy the pubs and entertainment, to peruse its museums, walk through its parks, view the seafront, and enjoy the many other attractions the city has to offer.
Dublin is located on the coast and there are many nice beaches along Dublin Bay and adjacent areas. The River Liffey cuts through the city dividing it into northern and southern sides. On the north side is Oâ€™Connell Street, an important location for shoppers, and on the south side are many architectural attractions including St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedrals. The old architecture is of Georgian style and can be found at locations like Merrion and Montjoy squares.
Trinity College is located on the southern side of the Liffey in College Green and there you can find a great collection of antique books at the Old Library. The most noteworthy manuscript in the collection is the lavishly illustrated Book of Kells.
The Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building in Dublin, about 1000 years old, and here one can find stone carvings and an old crypt that was built before the cathedral. Another historical building is the Dublin Castle from which the British used to rule Ireland.
Eventually after having fun seeing the sights in Dublin, you can get a little dry, and you may want to share a drink with the locals at one of the cityâ€™s many pubs including The Brazen Head, O’Donoghue’s, and McDaidâ€™s. In addition to the quaint type of pub that many people have in mind, Dublin also has superpubs like Bobâ€™s (formerly Bad Bobâ€™s) in the left bank quarter, which has three levels, DJs, dance floors and big young crowds.
Irish cuisine is famous for its soups and stews and there are plenty of fine restaurants where you can sample the best in Irish fare including the Soup Dragon and Kilkenny Kitchen. Dublin is a modern cosmopolitan city, so you can also find a great selection of almost every other type of cuisine imaginable. For Italian food, you can try Bottega Toffoli near the Dublin Castle, or you can sample spicy Vietnamese and Thai dishes at CafÃ© Mao in the city centre.
A good way to spend a night out on the town is at the Olympia Theatre, an old favourite among locals and tourists. There is always a crowd here to watch musicals, comedy, plays, pantomime, and concerts by Irish and visiting music artists. You can watch some great local traditional folk presentations at this venue.
For some good views of the seacoast head to the fishing hamlet of Howth about 15 kilometres from the centre of Dublin. The main cliff here juts out into the bay providing a spectacular view of the area. You can also visit the Howth Castle, or go bird watching at the North Bull Island wildlife sanctuary.
Sports fans can check out the Gaelic Games, a traditional sporting festival featuring the games of Ireland. Great throngs gather at Croke Park, the national Gaelic games stadium, to cheer for their county teams. The traditional games include Gaelic football, hurling, Gaelic handball, and rounders.
A trip to Dublin is a great way to introduce oneself to what Ireland has to offer. The city is thoroughly Irish, but also has an international flair. There is something for almost every taste in this great city, with its lively citizens as one of the greatest attractions.