Dublin Flights, Dublin Hotels and Dublin Breaks:
In Dublin's fair city, the girls are still pretty…and that's true of Dublin itself, despite the somewhat ill-considered regeneration from the 1930s onwards that swept away and renewed much of the Irish Republic's then-run-down but charming capital. In recent years economic growth has rocketed, creating additional redevelopment pressures.
Grafton Street, running from Trinity College south to St Stephen's Green is a tourist area of Dublin where you will find most of the main sights and Dublin's best restaurants and hotels. North of the Liffey, O'Connell Street, is one of Dublin's oldest boulevards and is now crammed with shops.
Pubs, bars and clubs are what Dublin does best. Tourists flock to Temple Bar until the early hours every night of the week. It has been said that a "Good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub" [from James Joyce's "Ulysses"]. Other than Temple Bar, the most liveliest streets are South Great George's and Camden which turn into street parties from Thursday nights onwards. Harcourt Street is the centre of the club nightlife and most clubs serve drinks until 02:00 and close around 03:00.
The River Liffey divides the city centre into Northside (traditionally working class) and Southside (middle and upper classes), in practice a distinction that has long been blurred. Though the city is rich in the museums and galleries that property reflect a strong cultural heritage, the area around the river and the famous O'Connell Bridge summarizes the one unarguable truth about modern Dublin - with more than half the population under 25, fun-lovers jetting in from all over Europe and a thriving tourist industry, this is a place that simply pulses with energy and life by day and night. Notable areas in this context are Temple Bar with its winding, cobbled thoroughfares, and the streets around the St Stephen's Green.
The centre of Dublin is easy to get around on foot but if you get tired then local buses are frequent and cheap. An excellent bus map of the city is available from Dublin Bus of the tourist office. Dublin Bus runs a "hop on/off" Dublin City Tour which starts on O'Connell Bridge and takes about an hour.Location of Dublin:
Near the midpoint of the Republic of Ireland's east coast, facing across Dublin Bay towards the Irish Sea. 105 miles south of Belfast (Northern Ireland). Dublin international airport 7 miles north of centre; ferries arrive at Dublin Port, 1 ml east, and Dun Laoghaire, 6 miles southeast.Dublin Temperature Chart :
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Flight time from the UK: approximately 1 hourShopping in Dublin:
Main concentration is around Grafton Street and includes the usual high-street stores, Brown Thomas (Dublin's Harrods) and the filigreed halls of St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. A complex at the western end of Temple Bar accommodates designer boutiques and galleries. More designer and art shops, together with antique and bookshops, are found on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar and along the Liffey Quays. Nassau Street has many stores specialising in traditional Irish knitwear, linen, glassware and ceramics. Large out-of-town developments have appeared including those at Dundrum and Tallaght.Eating out in Dublin:
Many varied restaurants in Temple Bar where the atmosphere is cosmopolitan and prices on a par with the UK, although drinks are a little more expensive. The finest restaurants are found in hotels such as Clarence, La Stampa and Shelbourne. Casual cafes abound and many pubs serve hearty meals. Plenty of cuisines from around the world can be found as well as sandwich bars, takeaways and fast-food franchises. Advance bookings usually needed for restaurant meals.
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