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July 04 2013

shaynalund

Take a trip along the Irish Sea to fabulous Dublin!

Dublin, Ireland's major city break destination, is just so steeped in history, culture and wonderful sightseeing opportunities it’s no surprise people want to visit. This is a destination for the 'young at heart' for the city's vibrant atmosphere is largely offered by way of a really young population (69% of the city are under the age of 45). Dublin is a compact destination perfect for enjoying on foot with a highly pedestrianised shopping high street along with a variety of attractions within close proximity of one another. If you are planning a comprehensive schedule of Dublin sightseeing our recommendation is that you buy the Dublin Pass and benefit from considerable savings! The brilliant Dublin Tour Bus is a fabulous way to cover the majority of all the interesting attractions in the city.

What side of Dublin are you going to prefer? Meandering through the middle of town, the river Liffey divides Dublin in to the North and South sides. The two areas are brimming with differences what with the south side being more ‘well to do’ and the north being the more ‘neglected’ of the two. Both north and south sides of Dublin feature popular sight seeing attractions and consistently benefit from year round tourism activity.

The south of the city is the home of the Dublin elite with the popular Temple Bar area situated in the twisting cobbled streets of Dame Street. Promising a dynamic atmosphere and a focus upon arts related businesses, Temple Bar is the happening spot to be since its recent regeneration. No need to worry about gangs of lads taking over the bars for stag parties are banned from the pubs to try to keep things nice and dignified in the Temple Bar.

Deep in the middle of the south side sits among the oldest and most spectacular of architectural attractions in the city, is that of Dublin Castle in the Medieval District. Explore the castle’s Chester Beatty Library famed for its incredible array of Islamic and Oriental Art - one of the greatest on the planet. Alongside the medieval cathedrals of St Patrick and Christchurch is Marsh’s Library boasting an affluent collection of first editions, manuscripts and Hebrew and Arabic prints. Also here is one of Europe’s leading educational establishments, Trinity College. Visitors attend the institution in great numbers specifically to view the medieval Book of Kells.

When in Dublin, literary enthusiasts will want to head across to St Stephens Green, amidst the Georgian architectural grandeur of buildings with their origins in the eighteenth century. Locals like to escape the hectic world within its beautifully landscaped park complete with stunning lake decorated at every other turn by beautiful statues. Outside from the cosy leafy bosom of peace is Dublin’s Grafton Street - where shopping knows no bounds. Other interesting attractions about the south side consist of The National Gallery, the HQ of the Irish Parliament, Leinster House and Kilmainham Gaol.

Look at the north side when visiting Dublin even though this is generally run down. A lot of the city’s visitors head over to the GPO building in O’Connell Street due to its Easter Rising significance - back in the day the headquarters of the demonstrators and has continued to be a point of interest for no end of future demonstrations. Also here within the north side are the Botanic Gardens, the James Joyce Centre and The Dublin Writer’s Museum. More on the horticultural theme is the largest park in Europe, Phoenix Park. Within the vast complex are the city zoo and the official residence of the Irish President.

For those attractions out of town you will need to hire a car. There are some really lovely locations that lie on the outskirts. To begin, a great day trip is promised with a short drive over to Bull Island. Here is the Royal Dublin Golf Course as well as the region’s bird sanctuary. Dublin Bay delivers a coastal beauty spot well suited for blowing off the cobwebs and is nearby to the pretty harbour of Howth Village. A little further a field sit the delights of extremely rural and coastal Dun Laoghaire.

Dublin is packed with treasure but if you're planning an in depth itinerary of Dublin sightseeing it might cost you a fortune! We recommend that you buy the Dublin Pass and enjoy considerable savings! The brilliant Dublin Tour Bus is a fabulous way to cover the bulk of all of the sights within the city.