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The most beautiful spots in Ireland - Dublin

Dublin attractions, Ireland, Courtyard of Trinity College

It is the ideal place for a city break, where both parents and children, lovers of both culture and age groups catered for. Dublin is the capital of Ireland and of County Dublin, on the east coast of the island. The city has two sections, northern and southern, divided by the River Liffey. To the east Dublin is bordered by Dublin Bay and in the west by the Wicklow Mountains.

The old Dublin can be found just south of the River Liffey, situated between St George's Street and Bridge Street. The southeast of Dublin has some beautiful parks and squares and is mainly visited because of Trinity College, one of the two universities.

In the north of Dublin you will find a lot of culture, with three churches, a museum and the famous theater of Ireland, Abbey Theatre. Anyone who visits West Dublin will be particularly impressed by the huge Phoenix Parkand probably the occasional hop gardens know that the typical smell of the Guinness Brewery blows over.

Anyone who visits Dublin and has some eyes to see even for short of time finds himself following the Liffey River. In recent years it has been worked hard for the river to create a pole of attraction. It rises in the Sally Gap, County Wicklow after 125 km and flows through the center of Dublin to the crescent of Dublin Bay as the river flows into the Irish Sea.

In Dublin Bay will find their water sports. In good weather you can swim in Seapoint and Sandycove. But fishermen and water skiers find something else to their liking.

Several bridges connect the north and south of Dublin. The best known are undoubtedly the O'Connell Bridge, which was built in 1790 and the Ha'penny Bridge, which derives its name from the fact that it was a toll bridge. The official name of this bridge in 1816 was the Wellington Bridge. It is one of the first iron constructions in Dublin.

The university, Trinity College, was founded in 1591 in the heart of Dublin. Queen Elizabeth I founded Trinity College at the site of a former monastery. The beautiful courtyard invites you to walk on the cobblestones. The clock tower in the courtyard with its 30 meters height is really impressive. The extensive library is situated on half courtyard and is mainly visited because of the famous Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript in which the four Gospels in Latin, are written.
To churches and cathedrals, there is no shortage in Dublin. Next to St. Stephen's Church, which is known because of its special construction called "The Pepper Canister Church" and called St. Patrick's Cathedral, the burial place of the famous Jonathan Swift, there is also the special Christchurch Cathedral.

This church was founded in 1040 by the Danish king of Dublin. In 1870 the church had a major restoration, mainly in Gothic style. The crypt of the church is dating from the late 12th century. It is one of the largest medieval crypts in Ireland and Britain. There is a very special, mysterious atmosphere.

Several old buildings, such as Custom House, from 1791 or the Old Jameson Distillery, with a history dating back to 1780, invite you to stop by and sample the atmosphere of ancient times.

If you visit Dublin, do not fear to die of hunger or thirst. There are restaurants for every taste and of course there are plenty of pubs, where you get the obligatory Guinness. But you'll also find trendy cafes, where you will find cocktails and trendy music. Who want to breath for just an afternoon, can go to one of the many coffee shops, where you can enjoy a cappuccino and pastries.

Party Animals also find something for everyone. In the evening Dublin is a place where you find all kinds of music, from jazz to heavy rock. There are discos and clubs, but also found in many places the unique atmosphere of live music.
Who is more culture-minded, you can visit the Abbey Theatre, which has almost a century of productions on stage brings playwrights as Beckett, Yeats, Synge and Behan. The Civic is a modern theater, a little more on the outskirts of town. Also in the Gate Theatre, the Gaiety Theatre and the National Concert Hall you can find theater and music.

Furthermore Dublin is rich in many festivals. If you come along at the right time and immerse in the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Dublin Film Festival, the excellent Fringe Festival, the Bulmers International Comedy Festival, and the Bud Rising Music Festival. The highlight of the year it is St. Patrick's Festival. This festival, which lasts five days, changes Dublin in a mix of music, fireworks, carnival, street theater and dance.

Those who take the time to Dublin can explore along Dublinia and can also go to an exhibition on medieval Dublin, or the 27-acre Dublin Zoo draw, where can find more than 700 animal species. A visit to Kilmainham Gaol shows you the oppressive atmosphere of the former prison until the beginning of the 20th century served. Who is attracted to the childish part of the Dublin, may go at the Lambert Puppet Theatre and Museum.