Dublin is now one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and it has a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered. The economic upturn has changed the face of the city, with many new restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs opening up. The friendly people and traditional Irish hospitality make it a great place to visit.
Dublin is easily reached by air with a wide range of routes from European and American cities. The busy airport handles over 16 million passengers every year and is well connected to the city by a regular shuttle bus service. The road network is good so driving here is also a popular choice, although you must book a ferry if travelling from the UK.
There’s no shortage of sights and cultural attractions in Dublin. The Book of Kells at Trinity College is understandably one of the most popular and the old city walls, moat and drawing rooms at Dublin Castle should also be visited. Apart from the large collection of art found at the National Museum, National Gallery and Irish Museum of Modern Art, the city also boasts of many fine private collections. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral and its arched crypt is the oldest structure in Dublin.
There are many places to explore around the Dublin area. If you have a car, the seaside towns of Howth and Bray are less than an hour away. The Martello Tower, nine miles south of the city, hosts the impressive James Joyce Museum and was the setting for the opening chapter of ‘Ulysses’. To the south of Dublin, you can find Glendalough and an interesting early Celtic monastery, while there are some scenic walks around nearby lakes.
The spectator sports of hurling and Gaelic football have a large following, and it’s worth going to a match if you have the chance. You can relax in the beautiful Phoenix Park, which has gardens, lakes and cricket and football grounds. The salmon fishing is particularly good on the River Liffey, and about 12 miles away near Clane, you can also catch trout.