Dublin City

Dublin City

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Dublin, the capital city of Ireland is an exciting blend of the old and new. You can walk in the footsteps of Wilde in Georgian Dublin, pass by the windmill studios where U2 lay down their world famous tracks and stand in the place where President Barack Obama in 2011 uttered those famous words in the tongue of his ancestors - Is feidir linn – Yes we can!

Dublin or Dubh-linn in the Irish meaning “black-pool” has a history dating back to pre-history, but it really gained momentum with in the influx of the Vikings in the late 8th century. Dublin quickly became the most important port in the Viking world and they ruled (not without opposition from the locals) until the early 11th century. Viking Dublin was centered around where Christ Church Cathedral lies today and over the years major finds from these times have been found during excavation works. Visit Dublinia for a unique insight into Dublin from the Viking age up to the Medieval period and the National Museum to view some of the artefacts found.
 
The Normans followed the Vikings in the 12th century which in turn heralded the coming of the English and which brought English rule and dominion to Ireland until 1921 when the Anglo Irish Treaty was signed effectively ending British rule here.
 
Dublin is a small, compact, easy city to navigate full of charm and atmosphere. Divided by the River Liffey north and south, you will find so much to do here. Visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university and view the Book of Kells and illuminated manuscript from Ireland’s Golden Age of the 8th. Explore the retail delights of Grafton Street and have a Guinness in Temple Bar while enjoying a trad session (traditional music session). This young, bustling capital has so much offer, relax and mingle with the locals, and see why so many writers and musicians have been inspired by this fantastic city.
 
There are so many to things to do and see in Dublin, why not take the Hop On and Off Bus to get a good overview over the city? Or experience Dublin's nightlife with a traditional Irish Pub Crawl? And as you are here to learn something about Irish culture as well, don't miss the Guinness Store House and Old Jameson Distillery !

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