Dublin is a city of stark contrasts. On one hand, it has received millions of complaints for its “dirty” and visually careless atmosphere (thus contributing to its allure) and on the other, it’s been classified as highly cosmopolitan and colorful. The capital city of Ireland, it is split into two parts by the Liffey River which gives the city a unique landscape. It is a foot friendly city, with a dazzling array of landmarks and Georgian buildings that are a reflection of its great and illustrious history.
Right on the outskirts of Dublin are the Wicklow Mountains which is a landscape of hills and waterfalls ideal for the nature enthusiast. The River Liffey is also the site of little coastal tons along with the Dun Laoghaire ferry port. For a blend of the cosmopolitan and rural life, you can’t get any better than Dublin.
Dublin International Airport is a gateway hub to other domestic and international destinations and is located 8 miles away from the city center. There is plenty of public buses right outside the 18 Stand outside the arrivals area with taxes. Expect about a 30 minute bus ride to the heart of the city. Dublin International Airport also comes complete with car rental companies and courtesy buses that transport passengers from terminal to terminal.
Things To Do In Dublin:
- The Guinness Storehouse – This tribute to beer was the original location of Arthur Guinness’ shop in 1759. Visitors can enjoy a floor by floor tour of the early beginnings of this legendary brand and how it was developed. The Guinness Storehouse is an impressive work of architecture, with a glass atrium shaped like a pint glass. At the end of each tour, guests can enjoy a complementary pint. Its top floor also provides majestic views to the entire city. Outstanding!
- The National Museum of Ireland chronicles the life of the country back to ancient times with its displays of artifacts from all time periods, like jewelry from the 8th century and medieval artifacts. In addition, the Cross of Cong is displayed here. It is rumored that it could contain an actual piece from the true cross. Exhibitions are held year around revolving around different historical periods, like the Viking treks and the Independence era.
- Temple Bar District to Ireland is what “La Latina” is to Madrid – a hubbub of nightlife activity. It is a cobble-stoned district full of movie theaters and some of the best clubs. It is the center of Dublin nightlife and should be checked out by everyone.
- Phoenix Park – Two miles out of the city center, Phoenix Park is a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. The largest city park in Europe, it comes loaded with perfectly manicured gardens, sentimental lakes, and plenty of grassland to play soccer in. It is Dublin’s version of Central Park with runners clubs and players of virtually any sport participating in the festivities here. Off to the side are woodlands where deer could be seen as well. Here, you’re pretty close to the President’s home as well.
Dublin offers a rich blend of cultural festivals that occur during specific times of the year. St. Patrick’s Day is by far its most popular event – a six day adventure with a varied events program that includes concerts, street performers, games for children, and plenty of dancing. Other activities from the 15th to the 19th of March include fireworks displays and Ceili Mor Irish dance where tap dancing is king. The St. Patrick’s Day festival is capped off with an impressive street parade chockfull of floats and marching bands sure to pound the ears with good ol’ Irish sound.