No introductions are needed for Ireland’s largest and vibrant capital city, Dublin!

For many, Dublin is the arriving point and main destination in Ireland. With its history & charm, museums, shops, pubs and restaurants—this super friendly city is filled with character and has a plethora of things to see and do.

The Liffey River divides the beautiful Georgian city into two distinct areas—the Northside and the Southside. Several bridges span the north-south divide, the most famous of which is O'Connell Bridge.

O'Connell Bridge - Courtesy of Tourism Ireland

The Northside includes Dublin’s city center and is home to it’s main thoroughfare--O'Connell Street, which runs north to south from Parnell Square (the city's most expensive address in the late 17th century) to the River Liffey. 

The Northside is home to several museums such as the National Museum of Ireland, theatres, Croke Park Stadium and Phoenix Park--Europe's largest walled city park that houses the Dublin Zoo. Dining on the Northside ranges from Michelin starred "Chapter One' restaurant to traditional pub grub (with a modern twist) at "L. Mulligan Grocer". 

On the Southside, you'll find the cobblestoned Temple Bar district with lively street markets, alternative boutiques and vibrant nightlife. The main shopping area is centered on the bustling Grafton Street and the delightful Saint Stephens Green Park.

Guinness Storehouse- St James's Gate, Dublin 8

The Southside is also home to Ireland's oldest and most famous university Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse and in the oldest parts of the city--Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral--both of which are open to the public and offer guided tours. 

Filled with history and culture, Dublin is one of the most walkable cities in Europe. Visitors can freely explore on their own or join a guided tour by a local historian. The Hop on, Hop Off Bus Tour is another great way to see and enjoy this exciting city. 

 

 

Christchurch Cathedral (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)