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Ireland's capital Dublin is known for its noteworthy tourist attractions and vibrant nightlife. The city is delightful, diverse and full of surprises.

There are many monuments and landmarks in Dublin that date back centuries. The Dublin Castle is one of the city's oldest monuments, built in the year 1204. One of the newest landmarks in the city is the Monument of Light or the Spire of Dublin. The Ha'penny Bridge is the city's most iconic landmark.

Dublin is home to many parks and gardens including St Stephen's Green, Herbert Park and the Phoenix Park. Some of the best theatres in the city are the Grand Canal, Gate, Olympia, Abbey and Gaeity. The Gaiety Theater specializes in operatic and musical productions.

Dublin has a large number of museums and art galleries, among which the most noteworthy are the Royal Hibernian Academy, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, the National Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Dublin is known as one of the most youthful cities in Europe because of its wild nightlife. The city centre has many good pubs. Other nightlife adventures include the Grafton Street, Leeson Street, Wexford Street and Harcourt Street. Temple Bar is an area that is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike.

The city is also an excellent shopping destination. There are a number of shopping districts located around Henry Street and Grafton Street that provide something for everyone. While there are many modern malls in Dublin, the traditional markets and farmers markets are still very popular with the locals and the tourists visiting Dublin each year.

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Dublin holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Trinity College
What is it? Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and counts Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde, along with many other great thinkers and writers, amongst it past-students. This 16th century complex is home to many glorious buildings, beautifully manicured lawns, cobbled squares and the campus of the University of Ireland. The celebrated Book of Kells, which dates from the 8th century and is considered to be one of the oldest books in the world, is housed in the College's Collonades Gallery. Other illuminated manuscripts taken from ancient monasteries are also on display. Hours of Operation: Phone:(0)1 896 1000



2. Temple Bar district
What is it? The hub of Dublin's nightlife is to be found in this quaint, cobbled district, which is full of shops, traditional pubs, theatres, cinemas and trendy clubs laid out on pedestrianised streets. Busking fiddlers, an overwhelming choice of restaurants and beautifully restored buildings add to the feel of the place and make it worth a visit. The area is bordered by the Liffey on one side and Dame Street on the other. The main street running through the area also is called Temple Bar. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. Phoenix Park
Parkgate Street
What is it? Just two miles (3km) west of the city centre, Phoenix Park offers peace and quiet from the buzz of the city. It is considered the largest urban park in Europe boasting splendid landscaped gardens, ornamental lakes and large grasslands. It is the perfect environment for runners, walkers and sports enthusiasts who flock here to enjoy the park's facilities. Fallow deer can be seen browsing in the leafy woodland and it's a great place for watching the world go by. Within the park is the residence of the president of Ireland, Aras an Uachtarain, and Dublin Zoo. Hours of Operation: Main gate is open 24 hours Phone:(0)1 677 0095 (Visitor Centre)



Dublin holidays - Top Events


1. St Patrick's Day Festival



What is it? Nowhere else in the world is St Patrick's Day observed with more fun and celebration than in Dublin. The St Patrick's Day Festival has become a six-day party filled with 'craic' or good times with a varied programme of events, including lots of traditional and contemporary Irish music. The Big Day Out carnival includes street performers, clowns, games, a funfair and lots of singing and dancing. Other highlights include the team Treasure Hunt, the spectacular Skyfest fireworks event; and a huge celebration of traditional Irish dance (Céilí Mór) where everyone can participate in a range of foot-tapping dances. The grand finale of the festival is the spectacular street parade that is a themed procession of colourful floats, marching bands and fantastic performers. Where is it? City Centre



2. Bloomsday Festival

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To 2007-06-16

What is it? James Joyce fans around the world celebrate Bloomsday on 16 June every year, but nowhere as creatively as in Dublin, the birthplace of the famous novelist. The festival commemorates his masterpiece Ulysses, one of the most highly acclaimed works of the 20th century in which Joyce captured the soul of Dublin in the tale of Leopold Bloom and his adventures on Thursday, 16 June 1904. The celebrations include re-enactments of Bloom's day as people visit the places where the novel was set, as well as readings, performances, breakfasts, look-alike contests and visits to the pub. Where is it?



3. Dublin Horse Show

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What is it? One of the highlights on the summer calendar, the Dublin Horse Show draws the top national and international show jumpers and show horses with prizes totalling over EUR415,000. The event is not only about horses, though - visitors can also enjoy live music on the grass, shop at over 200 trade stands, or visit the exhibitions, and ladies can enter the glamorous fashion competition for the EUR10,000 diamond prize. Where is it? Royal Dublin Society complex



4. Festival of World Cultures



What is it? With more than 160 events in 40 venues throughout Dun Laoghaire town, and featuring artists from 50 countries, the annual international arts and culture festival entertains audiences in excess of 200,000. Its diverse and expanding programme of music, circus, theatre, dance, club nights, markets, exhibitions, workshops and activities for children, aims to develop audiences' experience of the arts, challenging perceptions of international artistic culture. Where is it? Dun Laoghaire



5. Irish Derby

From 2007-06-02

To 2007-06-02

What is it? The Budweiser sponsored event is one of the most prestigious horse racing events of the year. Held at The Curragh, one of Europe's oldest sporting grounds, this event attracts the attention of horse-lovers from across the globe and especially in the horse-mad country of Ireland itself. Where is it? Curragh




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