The harp shaped Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City. TOURISM IN DUBLIN Ireland’s capital city has many unique characteristics with a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. It is famous for being known as one of the most welcoming cities in the world. It is the variety within the city that holds the biggest appeal, catering for everyone, both young and old. There is a natural feeling of community, energy, and a contagious appetite for fun, and Dublin is filled with laughter, music and great conversation. It always leaves you wanting more. Dublin was founded on the River Liffey by the Vikings, in 841 A.D., and the city embraces that rich sense of history. Famous landmarks include Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Croke Park and Kilmainham Jail, to name a few. Guinness was first brewed at St. James’s Gate, in 1759, and the Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. Why not enjoy a creamy pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar over-looking Dublin’s skyline. It’s a stunning sight. Getting around Dublin is easy, with numerous tours and public transport systems. Some of the best ways to experience the city include the hop-on-hop-off bus, the Dublin bus network and the Luas (tram). 52 If you prefer to walk there are plenty of literary walking tours and, in Trinity College, the famous Book of Kells awaits. Within the city itself there are several architectural styles embracing the ages, from the medieval quarter to the Georgian quarter to the new tech quarter, located in Grand Canal Dock. Combined with all of the pubs, cafes, restaurants, parks and shopping hubs, there is always something to do or somewhere to go. Temple Bar is renowned for its live music and its fun-loving, carefree atmosphere, but if it’s a more authentic taste of Dublin you’re after then the Bull & Castle or Porterhouse pubs offer an excellent range of craft beers. The DART (train) offers visitors an opportunity to see Dublin’s magnificent coastline and seaside towns such as Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Malahide, just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. Dublin is, of course, home to many fantastic golf courses including Luttrellstown Castle, The Island, Portmarnock and Royal Dublin. This city is a unique place… it is home to many but an adopted home to all.