The capital of Ireland
You will be able to get the real Irish atmosphere right after arriving in the capital of Ireland – Dublin. It is located in Dublin bay on the River Liffey, which flows through the city as the backbone from west to east. The city boasts several interesting historic buildings such as Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the famous Ha'Penny Bridge. But it also offers social activities in the form of learning about local culture, where other than in local bars and pubs in the Temple bar district.
The main street from which you will probably go to explore the city, because most buses stop here, is O protožeConnell street. You will find several attractions, such as statues, monuments, monuments and historic buildings. In the middle there is a mast – The Spire, which will serve you well as a landmark if you get lost in the city.
Statue of James Joyce
Dublin has a rich history and respects its famous inhabitants, for example by having them build a statue. An example of all is the statue of the famous Dublin native writer and poet James Joyce, which he drives near The Spire mast.
Like any major historic city, Dublin boasts a castle built in the early 13th century, when the Normans landed here and made Dublin their administrative center. The castle has luxurious period furnishings and offers the possibility of interior tours.
Quidditch playground from Harry Potter
If you're a fan of Harry Potter movies, you should definitely not miss Dublin's garden, which the filmmakers lent as a Quidditch playground. But the place has its charm for other tourists, who can relax and gain strength for further exploration of the city.
Christ Church Cathedral
Near the castle you will find the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, which was built in 1030 on the territory of the original Viking settlement, which together with the nearby Celtic settlement laid the foundations of the city of Dublin.
The Ha'Penny Bridge got its name from the half-penny toll that was levied on it until the middle of the 20th century. This pedestrian bridge over the River Liffey was built as early as 1816, and its arched arch and white lamps are an integral part of Dublin.
Trinity University collage
The oldest Irish university, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1591, was modeled on the universities of Oxford and Cambrige. The university campus is a complex of historic buildings on the right bank of the Liffey, along with a major library (entrance fee paid), which houses many rare original books. Bram Stoker, the author of the horror novel Dracula, also studied here.
Irish Parliament Building - Custom House
The Irish Parliament is on the banks of the River Liffey, between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge. The building, with its dominant green dome, is an ornament and symbol of the city. It gained its place in 1707, when it was built in the neoclassical style.
The monument, which consists of several statues, commemorates the Great Famine in mid-19th century (1845–1849) in Ireland, when one million people died and another million emigrated from Ireland, resulting in about 25% of the total population on the island.
Sailboats at Samuel Beckett Bridge
A short distance further along the banks of the River Liffey you will moor the historic sailing ship Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship from 1848, which served as a transport ship for migrants from Ireland to America during the Great Famine. An interesting contrast between the old and the new world is the modern asymmetrical Samuel Beckett Bridge from 2009, which has already become the face of Dublin and is one of the other older attractions such as Ha'Penny Bridge or Trinity University.
The Irish are famous for their love of alcohol, especially in the form of Jameson whiskey (this is how the Irish write „e“ and the Scots write the whiskey) and dark Guinness beer. Where else to taste real Irish whiskey or a pint of beer than in Dublin pubs. The most famous is the Temple bar, but whatever other one you choose, you certainly won't go crazy. But be prepared that the cell of bottled juice will not cost what in the Czech Republic. The atmosphere of the wood-paneled darkened bars, where you will not smell of smoke after your visit, will draw you in as well as the live Irish music coming from them.
If you would like to see more under the hood of traditional three-time whiskey, you can go on a tour of the Jameson distillery. This original distillery has been standing here since 1780 and during the tour they will show you the whole production process and let you try the difference between one and three times distilled whiskey. For lovers of hop drinks, you will find the Guiness Brewery, which is inseparable from Dublin, and has been producing dark beer here since 1759.
Dublin also has several beautiful parks where locals go to relax. The largest – Phoenix Park can be found west about 30 minutes by bus from the center. In addition to beautiful greenery, many paths crossing the park here and there and several lakes, you will also find the local ZOO, the seat of the Irish President or the American Embassy. The park is really very large, so in its very back you can find a field in which there is a herd of fallow deer, which you can see grazing peacefully.
Docks and business district
Dublin is a city full of history, but also a modern living city, where many global companies, such as Facebook or Google, have their headquarters or branches. Its very rapid growth is also the reason why Dublin is so much more expensive compared to the rest of Ireland or even the Northern Irish capital Belfast. The volume of investment in the development of the city is known mainly in its business district near the main canal and docks for small vessels. You will find many interesting buildings with a modern design and stylish cafes and bistros.
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