Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland's capital, is a fairly small city which is the most populous city in the country. The name of Dublin is derived from the Irish word dubhlinn  which means " black pool ". This beautiful city is so famous for  its cultural heritage, pubs that many tourists come to enjoy this attraction. One of the source of Dublin's prosperity is the Liffey river which runs through the middle of the city. The first harbor in Dublin was established in the early 9th century, when Vikings founded one of their largest settlements outside Scandinavia on the site of the present city. Having suffered wars and conflict over many centuries, Dublin established its own identity in the 20th century. Dublin and its surrounding county have a population of just over a million. To get around Dublin is easy. The suburban train service DART serves three stations, Connolly, Tara Street, and Pears,  in the city center. The efficient bus services run every 10-20 minutes, and the night bus runs every hour from 12.30 - 4.30 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The first two tram lines of the Luas, a new light rail network, began operating in 2004. You can also find lots of taxis in Dublin.

The area around College Green, dominated by the facades of the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College, is very much the heart of Dublin. The alleys and malls cutting across busy pedestrianized Grafton Street boast many of Dublin's better stores, hotels, and restaurants. Just off Kildare Street are the Irish Parliament, the National Library, and the National Museum. You can also visit sanctuary in St. Stephens's Green, which is overlooked by fine Georgian Buildings and surrounded by many beautiful buildings.

To stay in Dublin is easy, There are plenty of choice of accommodation, from a country house, a luxurious castle, a Victorian town house, an old-fashioned commercial hotel or a comfortable village inn. You will enjoy the friendly welcome everywhere.

If you like to go shopping in Dublin, you can enjoy a wide range of quality handmade goods, including Aran sweaters, Waterford crystal, fine Irish linen, and Donegal tweed. You can go to small workshops or large factory outlets, boutiques or high-street chain stores. The Temple Bar area contains a number of fashionable craft shops. One the largest shopping center in Dublin is St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, full of clothes and craft shops. You can also go to the Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre near Grafton Street.


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