About Dublin, Ireland

About Dublin

Birthplace to many of the world’s most popular musicians, writers and singers, Dublin is the perfect city for a break at any time of the year and has something for everybody. If you are looking for culture there are a host of museums to visit; if the great outdoors are your thing then you can take pleasure in a stroll in one of the world’s largest city centre parks, and if you enjoy letting your hair down you will love its legendary nightlife.

Dublin originally began as a Viking trading post called Dubh Linn (Black Pool), which soon amalgamated with a Celtic settlement called Baile Átha Cliath (Town of the Hurdle Ford) – still the Irish name for the city. As most of the early city was built of wood, only the two cathedrals, part of the castle and several churches have survived from before the seventeenth century. The fabric of the city dates essentially from the Georgian period, when the Anglo-Irish gentry began to invest their income in new town houses.

Today, Dublin is the political, economic and industrial capital of Ireland. While Dublin is the largest city in Ireland, it's very easy to get around and you'll be able to see a great selection of the city's top attractions in a couple of days. Of course, once you get a taste of the famous Irish hospitality, you might find yourself staying longer.

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