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Dublin Airport (DUB) provides the largest air gateway to the Republic of Ireland, and is located just outside of Ireland’s capital city, known as Dublin. Attractions in the hundreds draw thousands upon thousands of tourists to the area every year, and many land at Dublin Airport, as buses from here travel to all parts of Ireland. Access to the main railway stations in Dublin city is also provided. Dublin sightseers won’t be bored for a moment, as every corner of the city promises something special, from zoos, parks and gardens, museums and markets to the timeless attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Ha’Penny Bridge.
Of the approximate population of 3.8 million people in the Republic of Ireland, 1.1 million reside in Dublin. It is therefore a large city. It is also very attractive, with a large river running right through the heart of it’s activities. This river is known as the River Liffey, and it splits Dublin into the ‘north-side’ and the ‘south-side’. The major attractions of Dublin are found nearby the city centre, and many of which can easily be reached on foot. Walking is often considered an excellent way to explore the city, however, hop on and off tour buses are available at frequent intervals, and pass by all the main Dublin attractions. For braver tourists, there is the Dublin Ghost Bus tour, available in the evening, and the tour highlights the history of the city’s felons and phantoms. This tour is about two hours in length, and can be taken by anyone over the age of fourteen. Dublin is also renowned for it’s entertaining atmosphere, and as the sun goes down many are enticed to the wide array of lively pubs and restaurants, especially in the Temple Bar area. Although once a bit drab, Temple Bar now has re-built streets, new squares and it’s unique buildings have been restored. There are also new culture centres which host events during the summer that are most entertaining for adults and children, and Temple Bar is said to be home to the oldest shop in Dublin – Read’s Cutlers at No 4 in Parliament Square.
The Guinness Storehouse is undoubtedly the most popular attraction for tourists in Dublin. It is a large brewery and storehouse that was founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759, but is today a wonderful six-floor museum. The brewery itself is closed to the public, but the museum can be fully explored, and has a vast collection of interesting displays, some of which are interactive. There are also audio-visual displays and videos, and a large quantity of Guinness memorabilia. The museum is housed in the 1904 brick and cast-iron warehouse that was once the storehouse of the brewery’s produces. Tours of the museum are self-guided, with arrows leading the way, and once the exploration has been completed, the attraction can end at the Gravity Bar on top of the storehouse where a pint of Guinness can be enjoyed. Staying with the theme of alcoholic drinks, tourists can also enjoy a tour explaining the history and process of whiskey making at the Old Jameson Distillery, or can take the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, hosted by two professional actors telling stories about Dublin’s literary life.
Connecting the popular area of Temple Bar to the Mary and Henry Street shopping areas is the Ha’Penny bridge, crossing the River Liffey. It is of a Victorian cast-iron variety, and is named as such after the half penny toll that was once charged to cross the bridge. Another Dublin attraction is the 67 metre tall chimney at Smithfield with a glass observation tower for wonderful views of the city. The chimney is just a twenty minute walk from Temple Bar, or it can be reached by bus. Dublin is famous as well for it’s Trinity College, one of the most notable education institutions in the world. It was founded in 1592, and was then only open to protestants. The college is visited by over 500,000 visitors every year, as there are many interesting rooms to visit, including the Old Library with one of the oldest books in the world. It is also located on 40 acres of land, consisting of beautiful greenery and cobbled squares.
Further Dublin attractions include the Newman House, the James Joyce Centre, Merrion Square once home to Oscar Wilde and where a museum remembers his life and work, the Ceol Irish Traditional Music Centre and the Dublin Zoo, which is one of the world’s third oldest zoos open to the public. At the beginning in 1830, it had only one boar, but is now home to a wide variety of fascinating creatures and features a number of attractions, including the Discovery House and a zoo train.
Dublin Attractions: Museums, Parks and Gardens and Markets
Some of the most interesting museums to visit in Dublin include the Dublin Writers Museum, the Custom House Visitor Centre, the National Wax Museum, the National Museum, the Collins Barracks and the James Joyce Martello Tower, while for a sunny day, the Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green are wonderful places to visit. Phoenix Park is found on the north bank of the River Liffey, and is also where the Dublin zoo is located. Attractions here include the popular visitors centre, the Ashtown Castle and the official residence of the Irish president, known as The Aras an Uachtarain. The tallest obelisk in Europe is found at Phoenix Park as well, standing 205 feet tall, and commemorates the victories of Arthur Wellesley, or the Duke of Wellington. St. Stephen’s Green is an 27-acre park with a lake full of ducks which the children enjoy, formal gardens, woodland areas and plenty of peaceful, private areas.
Dublin has a number of busy markets which are vibrant and full of character. They are also an important part of the Irish lifestyle. The most popular include the Art Market held at Merrion Square every weekend, the Blackberry Fair which is one of Dublin’s last flea markets, the Blackrock Market held weekends in Blackrock, the Camden Street Food Market, George’s Arcade, the Moore Street Market, a famous outdoor event, and the Temple Bar Book Market.
Although Dublin has enough attractions to entertain any visitor, some nearby areas are well worth a visit as well. The splendid National Botanical Gardens are found to the northern side of Dublin, nearby Addison Park, and the Malahide Castle is a beautiful sight from the twelfth century. At this castle is also the Talbot Botanic Gardens, created by Lord Milo Talbot between 1948 and 1973. In Kildare, a town approximately 45km from Dublin, the two attractions not to be missed are the Irish National Stud and the Japanese Gardens, while in county Wicklow, the National Sea Life Centre Bray is home to over thirty displays of underwater wildlife. It’s most popular features include an interactive rock pool experience, the Shark Lagoon, Nemo’s Kingdom and regular feeding demonstrations. The National Transport Museum is quite interesting as well, with more than 100 vehicles within it’s collection, dating from the 1880’s.
Plenty of information for tourists regarding Dublin attractions can be found at various centres in the city, as well as at the airport.