Dublin is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Ireland, becoming the principal city following the Norman invasion at the end of the 12th century. Between 1801 and 1922 the country was part of the United Kingdom. In 1916, Dublin was the scene of the failed Easter Rising, where a group of Irish republicans launched an armed insurrection to end British rule, which led to the subsequent War of Independence, and then a civil war between nationalists and republicans.
The city has a reputation for being lively and exciting. Live music can be heard all around the city, especially in Temple Bar, on the south bank of the River Liffey, and Grafton Street - in fact, U2 and Sinead O'Connor started their careers here. Apart from renowned singers, actors such as Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell all came up through the city's theatrical scene.
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Dublin is a fun city where visitors can easily lose track of time exploring and discovering its rich and colourful history. The exciting and thriving nightlife, full of traditional, live music and artistic performances can be found all over the city.
There are many museums exhibiting artefacts from its Gaelic history, such as the Book of Kells on display in Trinity College. The Little Museum of Dublin on Dawson Street is a treasure trove of historical mementos, with temporary exhibitions and permanent installations. Another great historical landmark to visit is the Guiness Brewery at St James Place. The dark stout, famous all over the world, was first brewed here and was once the city's biggest employer. You can take a tour around the brewery and finish with a tasting session. Art lovers will want to visit the National Gallery of Ireland. The collection houses 2,500 paintings and over 10,000 different types of prints, sculptures and drawings, including the finest Irish and European art.
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Dublin has many national and international festivals to keep you entertained throughout the year. So why not treat yourself to some of the best culinary and music events there?
Due to the proud sporting history here, there is never a shortage of sport related events to attend - a trip to Croke Park or Lansdowne Road makes for an exciting day out. Rugby, football, Gaelic football and hurling matches being exceptionally popular. Of course, you could also time your visit with St. Patrick's Day, and celebrate the patron saint with the locals.
From the United Kingdom you have the options to fly from London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester to Dublin.
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Dublin is very safe for tourists, and people in the city are friendly.
Ireland is not part of the Schengen Area but is an EU member country.
English and Irish are the official languages of Ireland.
The best way to get around Dublin is on foot. Dublin is a compact capital and very walkable.
The major and biggest train station in Dublin is Connolly station.