Why Dublin?

"For Dublin can be heaven
With coffee at eleven
And a stroll in Stephen's Green
There's no need to hurry
There's no need to worry
You're a king and the lady's a queen"

- From the "Dublin Saunter", made famous by the Irish actor Noel Purcell

An eclectic modern capital city, Dublin provides the tradition you would expect alongside an exciting cosmopolitan aspect - this fusion of the old and the new makes Dublin exciting and unique.

Dublin, a sophisticated metropolis with a population of over 1.7 million people, is widely acknowledged as one of Europe's loveliest and liveliest capital cities.

A big city yes, but as intimate as a small town and as friendly as the corner pub

It's no surprise that Dublin prides itself on being the fun capital of the world. Dublin people have friendliness running through their veins, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the city's many pubs, cafés and restaurants.

A city that invites you into its heart, a city comfortable to explore and a city with a contagious energy and genuine welcome that makes you happy to be there.

Established by the Vikings over a thousand years ago, it has through the centuries gradually become an important commercial and cultural centre.

Though home to over 100 different nationalities, the city still retains its own distinctive charm and culture which is expressed in a love of literature, drama and music.

Birthplace of Nobel Literature prizewinners, Yeats, Shaw ,Beckett & Heaney , and home to such other notable writers as Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the world renowned James Joyce whose most celebrated work Ulysses was set in Dublin , the Irish love affair with music and literature can be experienced in the many pubs , theatres, galleries and clubs throughout the city.

Besides its many Museums and Libraries Dublin boasts many other cultural jewels such as the famous Abbey Theatre, Trinity College with its 8th century masterpiece, the Book of Kells, magnificent Dublin Castle and the many Georgian Squares.

You can be sure of one thing in Dublin - you will most certainly be entertained! Dublin has a well-documented history in song and dance. This means that the Irish have very high expectations in terms of entertainment, and you will not be disappointed in Dublin. Whether you participate in a pub crawl, spend an evening at the greyhound races or take a stroll down Grafton Street and enjoy the street musicians, the entertainment value will be very high.

Dublin Leisure Time

Dublin offers scenery rare to major capitals with coastal villages, mountains, forest walks all within a 30 minute transfer time of the city centre. There are over 70 Golf Courses within the greater Dublin area and hiking, cycling and watersports offer a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and seascapes. Ireland has long enjoyed a love affair with all things equine and horse-racing and horse-riding are easily accessed. Why not take this time to learn a new skill in a new environment? Workshops offering lessons in pottery, Irish dance and how to make traditional Irish Soda bread will ensure that you leave for home, taking a little bit of Ireland with you!

Dublin Top Ten!

  1. Hop on Hop off tour! The best way to get your bearings and see our beautiful city!
  2. Trinity College,the Book of Kells - illuminated manuscript dating from the 8th century
  3. St. Patrick's Cathedral - beautiful 13th century cathedral and home to Dean Swift of Gulliver's Travels fame
  4. The Guinness Storehouse - enjoy a pint of Guinness and panoramic view of Dublin on the Gravity Bar
  5. The Old Jameson Distillery - taste Irish Whiskey - the best in the world
  6. The National Gallery - view the wonderful collections and particularly our very own Caravaggio!
  7. The Viking Splash Tour! Discover Dublin by this unique tour on land and water
  8. Dublin's Georgian squares. Take a stroll and enjoy the elegance of the buildings and those famous doors!
  9. Dublin Castle. Visit the oldest part of Dublin
  10. Enjoy a quiet pint in one of the city's traditional pubs ; Kehoes; Nearys; McDaids; The Bailey - the list is endless!

Practical Information

Currency : Euro
Time Zone : GMT
Language spoken : English

Getting from the Airport

There is a selection of public/private coaches that transfer from Dublin Airport to the city centre. These include Airlink 747 and Air Coach. They cost from €6.00 single fare/ €10.00 return fare. A taxi from Dublin Airport to the city centre will cost approximately €25.00.