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General Information about Ireland

 

Dublin City

Dublin is a compact city of 1 million people, with the main attractions within easy walking distance. You can travel to the city by bus to St. Stephen’s Green (46A, 145, 39A). Walk down Grafton Street (one of the main shopping streets, then cross College Green, passing Trinity College on your right and the entrance to Temple Bar on your left, before arriving at the river Liffey, which separates the north and south sides of the city. Crossing the river, you arrive at O’Connell Street and where you can see the ‘Spire’ ahead; Henry Street is to your left (the other main shopping street).

Entertainment

A large variety of entertainment is available in Dublin and the surrounding areas. Some of the more traditional aspects of Ireland you may wish to see include Irish dancing and hurling. There are also a variety of pubs throughout the city as well as many cinemas.

For a day out of the city, you may wish to take the DART (Commuter Train Service) along the coast in either direction, either to Howth or Dun Laoghaire. If you wish to travel further afield, you can the train across Ireland to Cork (approx 3 hours) to kiss the Blarney Stone, or Galway (approx 4 hours) to see the more traditional image of Ireland, with stone walls and a relaxed social scene.

Top Ten Attractions

The Guinness Storehouse (Dublin) - People from around the world enjoy the unique flavour of Guinness stout and come here to see how it is made. 

The National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin) - The works of Irish artists from as far back as the 14th century, plus a number of European treasures, can be seen here.

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre (Clare) - Located in O’Brien’s Tower, visitors learn more about the world famous natural wonders on display at the majestic cliffs. 

Dublin Zoo (Dublin) - One of the oldest zoos in all the world, was established in 1830, and more than 700 hundred animals, including some rare species, live here.

Book of Kells (Dublin) - Perhaps the most well known Irish artistic treasure, this illuminated manuscript from the 9th century is on display at Trinity College. 

Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) - Located in the historic 17th century Royal Hospital Kilmainham building.

Blarney Castle (Cork) - Home of the Blarney Stone, one of the world’s most famous Irish attractions, this medieval complex offers something for everyone.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin) - This national cathedral dates back to the 13th century. Beautifully restored, it is the home of rare sculpture and the final resting place of many famous Irish citizens.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (Limerick) - The medieval period comes to life through the exhibits and events held at this restored National Monument.

Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre (Waterford) - Royalty and nobility have collected handmade pieces created at this factory, which allows visitors to observe the process and purchase their own piece of uniquely Irish beauty.

For more information see www.visitdublin.com