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What To See In Dublin On Vacation

Mar 7, 2008
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland (formally known as Eire) and commonly known as Southern Ireland. The city sits hard up to the Irish Sea, which separates it from the rest of Britain. Many people arrive in Dublin straight off the ferry from Holyhead which is some 60 miles east away on the English coast.

The city is regarded as having one of the most beautiful bays in the world on its doorstep. Dublin bay is nearly 6 miles long and helps protect Dublin from the rough Irish sea.

The River Liffey flows through the centre of Dublin and it also has the Royal canal sitting to its north and the Grand Canal to its south. These form a natural three quarter semi circle and they mark the recognised boundary of the city centre.

Dublin is relatively small and compact compared to other capitals, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. The city itself is relatively flat and to the south you can see the Wicklow Mountains in the distance forming a beautiful and stunning contrast. They look even more spectacular in the winter months when they are often covered in snow.

Dublin is regarded as one of Europe's most fashionable capitals and their locals have lost none of their friendliness or good humour. It is said that no other capital in the world can give as genuine and friendly welcome as that of Dublin.

The locals share of love of dance, music and good food and beer. The roots of Michael Flately's Riverdance can be traced back to the tradition of Irish traditional 'hoofing' which can still be seen performed in many pubs today in Dublin.

Many Irish pubs still boast their own folk bands and most tourists remember their first time being dragged up to sing along side the friendly locals.

When in Dublin most tourists try and visit Trinity College which houses the Book of Kells which is regarded as one of the finest examples of Celtic art.

Dublin is also home to its own National Museum which houses a collection of Irish Gold. Lovers of architecture flock to Merrion Square which is regarded as a superb example of Georgian architecture. Also not to be missed is the Ha'penny Bridge.

Tourists now flock to Dublin to experience the diverse range of culture and the beautiful scenery. The friendly locals, good food and famous local beer have turned Dublin into one of the most popular capitals in the world.

Many take time out from the fun and partying of the city centre to visit the Wicklow Mountains. These beautiful mountains are home to beautiful lakes and reservoirs. More energetic tourists walk along the Wicklow Way which runs from north to south along the range. The stunning views and clean pure fresh air make the walk even more rewarding.

Others visit Glendalough which is regarded as one of the most significant historical sites in the whole of Ireland. It was founded in 6C by St Kevin and today it's buildings and ruins are not only beautiful but have taken on an almost atmospheric ambiance which tourists find spectacular.

It is no wonder that tourists come back to Dublin year after year.
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