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About Dublin

Dublin is one of the top city break destinations in Europe and for atmosphere, night life, visitor attractions, activities and shopping. Steeped in history and buzzing with youthful energy, the Irish capital is at the very heart of Irish culture.  

Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities and as well as retaining its historical and cultural charms, Dublin offers trendy bars, elegant restaurants and stylish, cosmopolitan shops and hotels. There’s never been a better time to visit Dublin, a city that is rivalling Europe’s elite for hip appeal.

 

What to see, where to go

Irish Houses of Parliament

The Irish Houses of Parliament also known as the Irish Parliament House, today called the Bank of Ireland, College Green, due to its use by the bank, was the world's first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house. It served as the seat of both chambers of the Irish-Parliament of the Kingdom of Ireland for most of the 18th century until that parliament was abolished by the Act of Union of 1800, when Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Irish Houses of Parliament by jose.jhg, on Flickr
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O’Connell Bridge

The first O’Connell Bridge (then called Carlisle Bridge) was completed in 1795 to the designs of James Gandon. This first bridge was found to be too steep and narrow for the increased traffic of the 1870s so a new bridge was commissioned. Copying Gandon’s original architectural details the replacement was flat and as wide as O’Connell Street. The bridge is fairly unique in that its width is slightly greater than its length. Re-named in honour of Daniel O’Connell, of whom more in a couple of minutes, the new bridge was opened in 1880.

O’Connell Bridge by psyberartist, on Flickr
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St.Stephen's Green

St Stephen’s Green is probably Ireland's best-known Victorian public park. Re-opened by Lord Ardilaun in 1880 for the citizens of Dublin. This 9 hectare / 22 acre park has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting, spectacular spring and summer Victorian bedding. The herbaceous border also provides colour from early spring to late autumn. Sanctuary from inclement weather can be obtained in the Victorian lakeside shelter or in the Victorian Swiss shelters in the centre of the park. The park welcomes lunchtime concerts in the summer months.

St. Stephen’s Green Park by gnumarcelo, on Flickr
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Powerscourt Centre

Powerscourt Centre is a speciality shopping centre set in an elegant Georgian house centrally located just off Grafton Street. The house as it stands today is one of the finest 18th century town mansions in Dublin. With its historic past the centre's architecture serves as a magnificent setting for browser's and shoppers alike.

Powerscourt Centre is an attractive shop by infomatique, on Flickr
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Georges Street Arcade

The Georges Street Arcade is a much loved landmark for Dubliners and Visitors alike retaining its architectural integrity, its unique shopping atmosphere and its special Dublin personality of warmth and humour. With over 50 shops and stalls the Georges Street Arcade has everything - cutting edge fashion for men/women and children, gifts galore, hairdressing, fortune telling, curios, collectables, and antiques. Music, art, reading or chic coffee houses and restaurants, whatever your interest the Georges Street Arcade has it all.

Georges Street Arcade by Canadian Pacific, on Flickr
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More info and sources: http://www.visitdublin.com/

 

Inescapable tools!

Developed by VisitDublin, the Visit Dublin App is available on App Store and Google Play ! Explore, discover, experience and enjoy one of the most vibrant capitals in Europe from the comfort of your home, at 35,000 feets, or the bustle of Grafton Street.

VisitDublin offers you different hints on how to make the best of your time in the city, choosing among various activities to explore Dublin: from art to sports, from heritage to food, you can pursue your interests and get to know the city. Dive into Joyce's literature with the Joyce tour, or walk your way across the city with one of the many possible tours.

Bring the history of the capital to life with Visit Dublin's iWalks series! iWalk Dublin offers the possibility to download 12 audio guide podcast for free. Those podcasts will tell you the many stories of Dublin as spoken by their author, historian and artist, Pat Liddy. The twelve themes cover many fascinating aspects of the region. Each iWalk comes with a FREE full colour brochure featuring maps and illustration. Use the iWalks as walking tour guides to the city, or just listen to them to discover the fascinating story of Dublin. 

 

Good to know !

Electrical Current

- 220 / 240 volts (50 cycles) is the standard electrical current throughout Ireland. Plugs are 3-pin flat. Adapters are therefore required for 2-pin appliances.

Tourist Assistance Service

is on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and can be contacted on +353 1 478 5295, www.itas.ie. Internet and wifI Access Internet and WiFi access is available throughout Dublin.

Tipping

- In restaurants a customary service charge may be added to a bill. If a service charge is included, tipping is not necessary, unless the service received is exemplary. If a service charge was not included, a normal tip is between 10%-15%. With other services from hairdressers to taxi drivers, it is generally not necessary to tip although staff will always appreciate acknowledgment of service.

Climate

Dublin’s climate is mild and very changeable. It is influenced by the Gulf Stream. Summer temperatures average is 16°C-20°C (60°F-67°F). Do not forget to take you umbrella.

Looking into the West by Michael Foley Photography, on Flickr
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