Dublin – Where it is and some useful facts
Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, lies on Dublin Bay and overlooks the Irish Sea that divides Ireland and Great Britain. Much of central Dublin is filled with beautiful period buildings with elegant Georgian architecture. The River Liffey runs through the heart of the city, splitting it into the north-side and the south-side, and all major attractions are within walking distance in this compact area.
To the South of the River Liffey is the popular area of Temple Bar, where you will find a large concentration of pubs, restaurants, cafés, shops and art galleries. Nearby is Trinity College, and Grafton Street, the main high street in the South of the city, with a large selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. Continuing into the south of the city, there are many truly wonderful examples of Georgian houses, stately homes and elegant parks.
Some of the best known monuments and landmarks include the National Museum of Ireland, Castletown House, the National Gallery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Powerscourt Gardens, Custom House and Christ Church Cathedral – all well worth a visit. Amongst the many Dublin sightseeing opportunities, the Guinness Storehouse has quickly become the most popular tourist attraction in the city. The Jameson Whiskey distillery is also worth a visit.
Dublin’s Phoenix Park is twice the size of New York’s Central Park and almost five times as large as London’s Hyde Park. It is home to many attractions, including Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the Irish president, Farmleigh House, Dublin Zoo and large areas of open parkland.
Pubs worth a visit
- Dawson Lounge – Smallest pub in Ireland
- Davy Byrnes – Great pub grub
- Doheny & Nesbitts – Legendary traditional Dublin pub
- O’Donoghues – A Great experience
- McDaids – Classic pub and old haunt for Brendan Behan
- Oliver St John Gogarty’s – Trad bar and popular amongst tourists
- The Brazen Head – Oldest pub in Ireland
- Dame Lane pubs – Dame Tavern, Mercantile, Stags head, 4 Dame Lane
- Long Hall – Elegant old bar
- Other pubs