Dublin is poised on the east coast of Ireland at the mouth of the River Liffey. Founded by the Vikings in 841 AD, remnants of the city’s fascinating past can still be seen today: Wood Quay and a former Celtic Christian church at Christ Church Cathedral.
Life in medieval Dublin centred around Dublin Castle, a centre of activity and trade, and the building remains in use still, as a venue for prestigious presidential functions and a popular tourist attraction.
Fast forward to the Georgian period, in the late-18th – early-19th century, where Dublin was redeveloped in great swathes. The grand squares and towering townhouses form some of the city’s most alluring architectural attractions.
Today, Dublin is a thriving European Capital, with a world-famous university – Trinity College – and a lively cultural and arts scene. Dublin’s pubs are second to none, and the reputation of its food and restaurant scene is growing by the day.
The beauty of Dublin is its size – covering an area of just 921km², it is possible to cover a lot of ground and many of Dublin’s highlights, in a relatively short period of time. However, we have no doubt your Ireland Wild Escape’s tour of Dublin will leave you wanting more.
Dublin’s coastal attractions are significant, too. From the affluent suburbs of Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey south of the City Centre – the latter famed for its annual literary festival – to the fishing village of Howth, a destination for fabulous, fresh seafood.