Ireland’s capital, Dublin is an exciting and animated city, home to contrasting landscapes and a complex past.

Rolling green hills meet industrial centres; lively pubs encourage both merriment and debate; while history books date back 8,000 years, telling tales of world-famous writers and fierce rebellion.

Overlooking the Irish Sea  the divide that separates the republic from Great Britain  Dublin fosters a number of first-rate restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping opportunities and historical attractions, and ranks among Europe’s top tourist destinations.

Experience the true essence of Dublin with a visit to the city’s most famous entertainment hub, Temple Bar.

Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, Temple Bar showcases renowned Irish hospitality, bars and music. Soak in the atmosphere in Dublin’s cultural quarter with a pint of Guinness stout or a nip of Jameson Whiskey.

For a more extensive understanding of the city’s two biggest exports, enlist on a factory tour. The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin's most frequented tourist attraction, while the Old Jameson Distillery attracts whiskey connoisseurs from all over the globe.

It’s no secret that a tipple often inspires good literature, and Dublin is celebrated for both.

Identified as a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin boasts ties to names like Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Swift  all of which have left an indelible mark on the city. Take in Dublin’s long and prominent literary heritage with a visit to the James Joyce Centre, Oscar Wilde’s House or the Dublin Writers Museum.

The joys of a holiday in Dublin are not just restricted to the city’s limits; the republic’s capital also acts as the perfect gateway to discover Ireland.

Hire a car and drive two hour’s west to the much sung-about Galway Bay. An hour and a half south of Galway sit the majestic Cliffs of Moher  made famous by the 1987 film adaptation of The Princess Bride. An hour and a half’s drive southeast, on the banks of the River Shannon, awaits Limerick. While a further hour and a half’s drive south unveils Ireland’s “Rebel Country” capital, Cork.

Discover the Emerald Isle 

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