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Dublin… undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, liveliest and friendliest capitals; was voted Europe’s fourth most popular city-break destination. It’s popularity is no surprise, with over 10 million pints of Guinness produced daily, and a rich mix of music, art and culture – there is something guaranteed for everyone to enjoy in this sleepless city.
Immersed in rich history since the 9th century, when the Vikings laid its first streets; Dublin’s elegant Georgian architecture and plentiful galleries and museums provide a vast cultural experience for tourists. The lively Irish capital boasts some great tourist attractions also, with delights including the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar.
Described as the cobbled, cultural heart of Dublin city, Temple Bar is an area situated on the south bank of the River Liffey. The surrounding streets are displayed with pubs, cafes, galleries and boutiques. You’ll be sure to see an array of buskers, street artists, open air markets and exhibitions which create a carnival atmosphere. For people watchers sitting in a chilled café, cultured individuals seeking a gallery, shoppers, or gig lovers – there is something for everyone. Saturdays are perfect for foodies, as you can indulge in the food market which displays huge canopies that, inside, include fresh fruit and veg, cheesemongers, oysters and so much more.
Of course, you can’t stroll down Temple Bar without taking a trip to the famous red Temple Bar Pub. If the glistening lights draped down the building and the sound of fun had by all inside listening to the live music isn’t enough to draw you in, then surely the smell of the fresh Irish gourmet food will!
Ireland and Guinness go hand in hand; therefore no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the home of the famous beer – the Guinness Storehouse. The storehouse dates back to 1904 and is a seven storey visitor experience dedicated to the history of making the world famous Guinness. Take part in a tour of the brewery where you can discover what goes into the making of the pint, learn about the age-old art of brewing which makes Guinness so distinctive and you can even visit the tasting rooms which gives you a multisensory tasting experience. The tasting experience doesn’t stop there. On level five, you can enjoy the best Irish cuisine at the Guinness & Food Experience. However, the head of the pint and highlight that most tourists enjoy is the Gravity Bar, which displays unparalleled panoramic views of Dublin city.
Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of Guinness or are looking for something different, why not have a tipple at Teeling’s? This purpose-built distillery on Newmarket Square allows you to take a tour and you can explore the whiskey-themed gift shop, and have a bite to eat in the café along the way. Fancy taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? One popular street is Grafton. Connected to Grafton Street is St Stephen’s Green which is one of the most fashionable public hanging spots in the city. The green is located at the top of Grafton Street which displays the 188 year old Shelbourne Hotel amongst other treasures. One of the highlights around here is that you can go on a horse and carriage ride for some open-air sightseeing which costs no more than 50 euros. Enjoy a trip to Phoenix Park which is the largest public park in any European capital city. It spans over 3 miles and encompasses more than 1,700 acres of greenery and lakes. One of the biggest attractions to the park is the zoo. It dates back from 1831 which makes it one of the oldest in Europe. The zoo is home to more than 400 animals and includes favourites such as elephants, penguins, giraffes – you can even enjoy your lunch while overlooking the meerkats from a large viewing window.
All of these attractions are easily accessible with the great transport provided throughout the city including the Luas tram system and the suburban rail system. Public transport is a great way to quickly get from one place to another, as well as being able to witness some great scenery along the way.