Dublin is the capital of Ireland
; it is located in the east coast of the country, overlooking the Irish Sea.
Dublin is one of 5 cities in the world (along with Iowa City, Melbourne
) that were named a UNESCO City of Literature
. This recognition is due to the interest of the city towards literature, to the number of events dedicated to it and to the literary past of Dublin, which gave birth to great writers such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce
Joyce described the Dubliners as victims of a sort of moral and social "paralysis"; thus could not be farther from the current condition of the city, that is now very lively and full of cultural attractions and events.
The vibrancy of the capital is symbolized by the Temple Bar
district, a meeting place for young people, dotted with pubs, theaters and bars. This is the centre of Dublin nightlife, in which you can attend street artists' and musicians' performances, and find some important cultural associations such as the Irish Film Institute
In Dublin there are numerous Georgian buildings, in particular around Merrion Square
, which houses the Irish Parliament and the Natural History Museum
Other places to visit in the Irish capital are definitely the Christchurch Cathedral
, one of the two medieval cathedrals of Dublin with the Saint Patrick's Cathedral
, and the Trinity College
, founded in the sixteenth century, inside of which is the Book of Kells, a famous ninth century's manuscript.
Other attractions in Dublin are the National Museum of Ireland
, the National Gallery
, in which you can attend the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions as well, and the Dublin Castle
, an ancient castle dating from the early thirteenth century.
Finally, for those who love beer, in Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse
, where you can learn all about the history and the production of one of the most famous beers in the world, and also find some special offers to buy its gadgets.
If you would like to visit Dublin, we suggest you some of our best hotels:
- Hotel The Burlington Dublin
- 4 stars
- Hotel The Merrion Dublin
- 5 stars
- Hotel The Morgan Dublin
- 4 stars
- The Regency Hotel Dublin
- 3 stars
- Hotel Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
- 4 stars