Dublin- the city of Guinness... and much more !
Dublin is the capital and the largest city of Ireland. It is located in east-central Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey. It is a small but cosmopolitan capital and the perfect destination not only for the lovers of beer (Guinness tastes better in Dublin, they say!), but for the whole family.
Founded as a Viking settlement in the 9th century, since then it has grown in size and importance and it has become a living museum, with its medieval castles and cathedrals and its wonderful Georgian architecture. Moreover, it offers interesting attractions and nightlife.
Dublin is divided in various districts and we can consider some of them to present the main monuments and attractions of the city.
The Medieval Quarter is the oldest part of the city, heart of the Viking settlement, and it includes Dublin Castle, Christ Church, St Patrick's Cathedral and the old walls. The Georgian Quarter hosts some of the world's finest Georgian buildings, among them, Leinster House, where the Irish House of Parliament is situated. In this area you can also visit Trinity College, whose library hosts the ancient Book of Kells, an illustrated manuscript created by Irish monks. The Cultural Quarter, also known as Temple Bar, is the most vibrant part of the city, heart of its social and cultural life, thanks to its bars, restaurants, boutiques, markets, street theatres and buskers. In Docklands Quarter you can visit Dublin's Tech Quarter, a must for high-tech lovers (global enterprises such as Google, Facebook, Accenture and Twitter have their headquarters here), but it is interesting also for its incredible buildings and modern art.
Dublin's pubs are famous all over the world. Spending at least a night out in a pub and tasting a pint of Guinness should be a must of your visit to the city. Almost all the best bars and clubs are in the city centre, within walking distance of one another.
Dublin has many shopping districts. The most popular are Grafton Street and Henry Street, but large department stores are also located in the city centre. Moreover, the city is characterized by a prosperous market culture.
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Dublin experiences a maritime climate, with warm and sunny summers and mild winters.
Getting around in Dublin is quite easy thanks to its bus network and its few rail and tram lines. Buses are the only public transport option for many destinations outside the city centre (including the airport).
Moreover we advise you to get one of the different kinds of prepaid tickets or passes. The main one is the Leap Card, which allows you to pay for each journey or to load a period pass with unlimited travel.