|Best Time to Visit:
||June to September (with very wet
||Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Guinness Brewery,
Trinity College, Cathedral of St Patrick & Christ Church Cathedral
|Major Entertainment Centers:
||National Museum of Ireland, National Botanic
Gardens, Dublin Writers Museum, Phoenix Park & National Gallery of
||Wicklow Street, O'Connell Street, Grafton
Street, Henry Street, William Street & Powerscourt Town House
|Near by Places (Excursions):
||Cork, Wexford, Waterford, Sandycove, Howth,
Glendalough & Clonmacnoise
|Famous Food & Beverages (Gourmet's Delight
|Foreign Embassies & Consulates:
||Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea
(South), Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania,
Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK & USA
|History & Evolution
Small though it is, the city of Dublin has had a long and eventful history.
The first settlement named Celtic around Dublin Bay dates back about 2000
years, though the first recorded civilization was that of the Norsemen, who
arrived in 9th century. They were the first people to actually start
building Dublin into a city.
They hold onto this territory until 1170, when the English came over. Till
17th century, the city remained a small, nondescript medieval town, with
little in the way of trade or industry, or even culture. However, towards
the end of 1600s, the influx of migrant weavers from France made the Dublin
a prominent center of textile industry. During 1700s, Dublin developed
economically and culturally, but 1801 onwards, a series of discriminatory
acts passed by British Parliament against the Catholics of the city led to
the decline of the city and soon it became the worst slums in Europe with
poverty, crime and disease ranging. .
By early 20th century, the anti-British revolutionaries started emerging
with which a brutal civil war broke out. Eventually by 1921, the country had
proclaimed independence, but outbursts of violence continued well till
Nevertheless, by 1960s-70s, Dublin had seen resurgence in culture,
industry, trade, commerce and this continued into 21st century. Today Dublin
is one of Europes most attractive capitals, a prosperous city and a
cosmopolitan one too.
Dublin might not be one of the most visually stunning cities of Europe, but
it surely is known as the best capital city to live in. Therefore, people
from all parts of the world reach here to experience this fabulous place.
This land of literary celebrities like Swift, Sheridan, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats,
Joyce and Beckett has more than enough attractions to attract tourists.
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest
university and is the learning place of many great thinkers and writer of
the world like Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Decorated
with cobbled squares, manicured gardens & grand buildings, the College
retains an aura of peace, despite its central location.
The main attraction of the complex is the celebrated Book of Kells, an
illuminated manuscript dating from around 8th century, which is considered
to be one of the oldest books in the world. Other illuminated manuscripts
taken from ancient monasteries are also on display in the magnificent Old
Usually leading the list of tourist attractions in Dublin, the Guinness
Brewery is a must-see for anybody who loves beer. Located on a 60-acre
expanse next to the Christ Church Cathedral, the Brewery was established in
1759 by Arthur Guinness at St Jamess Gate producing the famous black
stout, which is virtually the lifeline of Ireland.
Though closed to the public, theres an audio-visual presentation
followed, most importantly, by two glasses of Guinness for visitors.
Opposite the brewery is the Beer Museum, known as the Guinness Hop Store
that has a good collection of contemporary art.
St Jamess Gate
Temple Bar Area:
Once a decaying part of the city, Temple Bar Area today is the hub of
Dublins nightlife. This thriving commercial center is a cobbled
district full of shops, traditional pubs, theatres, cinemas and trendy clubs
laid out on pedestrian streets.
Further an overwhelming choice of restaurants and beautifully restored
buildings add to the feel of the place and make it worth a visit. The main
street running through the area also is called Temple Bar.
The port today has become one of the most popular sites for visitors to the
city drawing millions of them each year. Something is always happening at
this thriving arts and entertainment venue which offers a huge open-air
skating rink, Imax cinema and a Science and Technology Center. While the
clock tower offers excellent views across the city and contains an
exhibition that traces Montreal's history. Also around the port are the
city's original 17th century fortifications.
Temple Bar Area
Originally built in 1204 by order of King John, who wanted a fortress
constructed for the administration of the city, Dublin Castle today us
usually used by the Irish president to entertain visiting foreign
dignitaries, but otherwise open to public.
What you now see is the castle built in 18th century, lavishly furnished
and rebuilt many times, so that all that remains of the original structure
is the Norman Tower.
National Museum of Ireland:
Located on St Kildare Street, the National Museum is the place to see
the treasures of ancient Ireland. It is countrys premier collection of
antiquities with artifacts dating as far back as 6000 BC and are an
excellent showcase of Irelands history.
The highlights of the museum showcases include Prehistoric Ireland, Viking
Ireland and The Road to Independence (1900-1921). Included in this selection
is jewellery dating back to 8th century BC and medieval antiquities such as
the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.
The 12th century Cross of Cong, an ornate reliquary of wood, bronze and
silver, said to contain a fragment of the True Cross is also housed here..