Dublin comes from the Irish word Dubh Linn - black pool - and is home to much of Ireland's cultural heritage. The Easter Rising of 1916 took place in Dublin.
Located at the mouth of the River Liffey near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, Dublin has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city. Dublin is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the island of Ireland as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administrative function, economy and industry.
There is much to see and do while staying in Dublin accommodation, not least of which are the many beautiful park areas around the city, with St Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park and Herbert Park being the most popular. The Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and its 16km perimeter wall encloses 1,750 acres. It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and is home to a herd of wild Fallow deer. The residence of the President of Ireland is located in the park and it is also home to Dublin Zoo, the third oldest zoo in the world.
Located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most talked about Dublin tourist attractions. Take the guided tour of this famous landmark and when you reach the seventh floor you will receive your complimentary pint of Guinness! From here you can enjoy the uninterrupted panoramic views across Dublin City - it really is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Dublin.
Dublin has a rich cultural history and there are several theatres within the city centre. The best known theatres include the Gaiety, the Abbey, the Olympia, the Gate and the new Grand Canal Theatre.
Dublin is also the focal point for much of the Irish artistic scene. The country's most richly decorated manuscript, 'The Book of Kells' is on view in Trinity College. There are numerous art galleries across the city including the National Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Project Arts Centre, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, The City Arts Centre, The Douglas Hyde Gallery and The Royal Hibernian Academy.
Areas to visit in Dublin
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