Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is a popular weekend destination with tourists, offering a combination of history, culture and plenty of good old Irish 'craic'. Whether you're going to Dublin to enjoy the diverse architecture or simply to sup a few pints of authentic Guinness, you can't fail to be taken in by the charming Irish hospitality and overwhelming sense of fun.
Dublin is located in the province of Leinster, at the mouth of the River Liffey on Ireland's east coast. It became the capital of the Irish Free State - and later of the Republic of Ireland - following the country's partition and the formation of Northern Ireland in 1922. Dubliners enjoy plenty of open spaces; 97 per cent of residents live within 300m of their nearest park and the city has a greater density of green spaces than any other capital city in Europe.
Dublin has a number of impressive landmarks, many of which are hundreds of years old. Here are a few of the attractions that visitors to the Irish capital should try to see:
Dublin Castle - The castle was first founded in the 13th century and is now a major tourist attraction and conference centre. The buildings are usually open to the public, although the castle often hosts state functions and has held several European Council meetings.
Guinness Storehouse - The St James's Gate Brewery has been producing Guinness since 1759. The site features a seven-storey building, remodelled into a giant pint of Guinness, which informs visitors about the black stuff, as well as providing 360-degree views over the city.
National Gallery of Ireland - More than 2,500 paintings and thousands of other works of art are housed at the National Gallery, including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Caravaggio and Irish masters.
Book of Kells - Written around 800 AD, the Book of Kells is one of the most beautifully illustrated books ever created. It contains the texts of the Four Gospels in Latin and was written by Irish monks. At some point in the manuscript's history, it was buried to protect it against the Vikings, before being rediscovered and given a new home at Trinity College Library in the 17th century.
Dublin Airport is located north of the city and is the 25th busiest airport in Europe. It offers a number of low-cost carriers travelling to and from short and medium-haul destinations, as well as long-haul services to the US and the Middle East.
May and September are nice times of year to visit Dublin, as the weather is mild and the city is not too busy. The weather is warmer during the summer months, but the streets are usually more packed. Those wishing to experience Ireland's party spirit in full swing should consider visiting in March, when the St Patrick's Day Festival takes over Dublin on March 17th.
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