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Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is also known as "Baile Átha Cliath" (Town of the Hurdled Ford) in Irish. It is the most popular point of entry into Ireland for international visitors and has some really enticing tourist attractions. As a city, Dublin is remarkably big compared to the size of the country; the metropolitan area contains more than a quarter of Ireland's population.
Dublin Airport is approximately 10 km north of the city centre. There are many flights to Dublin from most of the European cities and from the USA. Take a moment to browse around our website to find your cheap flights to Dublin.
The River Liffey runs through Dublin, dividing the city into the North Side and South Side. On the north side there is O'Connell Street, Dublin's main street, which is one of Europe's widest streets, measuring 160 feet across at its widest end. This street branches out into many shopping streets, including Talbot Street and Henry Street. On the south side there are a lot of interesting attractions such as Grafton Street, Christ Church, St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and more. A curious fact about Dublin is that the postal codes on the North Side are odd while the South Side's postcodes are even.
In listing some of the many other tourist attractions let's start with museums: in Dublin you can visit the National Museum of Ireland which spans four sites located at different locations; the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street; the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks; the Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park, and the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street. The first museum site is the most interesting, where you can explore Ireland's heritage from 2000 B.C. to the present by viewing over two million artefacts, including an extensive collection of Irish Bronze Age gold.
If you've just stepped off one of the regular flights to Dublin, your trip will not be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, home of the popular dark stout beer. The Guinness Brewery is one of the world's most famous breweries and was founded in 1759. Originally built in 1904 to house the Guinness fermentation process the building was converted into a tourist attraction and opened to the public in 2000. These days, the building looks like a giant pint glass. If it were filled, it would hold a mind-boggling 14.3 million pints of Guinness! At the top of the brewery, visitors will reach the Gravity Bar where you can enjoy a free pint of Guinness while admiring 360-degree panoramic views of the city in a glass-enclosed bar towering 197 feet above the ground. This is truly one of the most spectacular places to visit in Dublin.
One place that the children will really love in Dublin is Phoenix Park, located west of the city centre. Besides playgrounds, sports fields and herds of roaming deer, here you will also find the Dublin Zoo. At the zoo, kids can watch giraffes and zebras grazing on the "Plains of Africa" and see the Asian elephants in the zoo rainforest. Other notable Dublin zoo animals include; tigers, monkeys, gorillas, orang-utans, chimpanzees, hippos, bats, lions and many more.
A unique Dublin experience is the Viking Splash Tours, which is a fun-filled guided city tour on land and water in a reconditioned World War II amphibious vehicle. The tour lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes and will appeal to both young and old alike.
For the more adventurous adults, you might want to go on a once-in-a-lifetime Northside Ghost Walk. Dublin City is more than one thousand years old and has more than its share of scary stories. You will walk through one of the most haunted parts of the city, where you will hear the true stories behind genuinely haunted places. Many people on this tour have had personal paranormal experiences, from seeing shadowy figures to feeling as if someone from a distance is watching them. Even entire tour groups have reported feeling a sudden chill at certain sites. You will hear stories of some of Dublin's most infamous ghosts such as the rebel leader Robert Emmert and the judge who prosecuted him, Lord Norbury.
If you like facts and trivia, you might be thrilled to know that Dublin has produced some of the world's famous personalities, for example Bram Stoker, the author of "Dracula"; actor Colin Farrell; and all the members of the boy band Boyzone.
Enjoyed reading this? Why not take your next holiday in Dublin and see what you can discover for yourself in this amazing city.