Dublin, the greenest city in Europe
Initially founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin later became the capital of the Republic of Ireland and is both a historical and contemporary hub for the arts and the Irish economy. Read more.
Dublin, the greenest city in Europe
Initially founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin later became the capital of the Republic of Ireland and is both a historical and contemporary hub for the arts and the Irish economy. Dublin has more green spaces per kilometre than any other European capital city and a maritime climate ensuring enough rainfall to keep it that way. Scattered amongst the greenery are many landmarks and monuments, dating from hundreds of years ago to more recent constructions such as the Spire of Dublin.
Old world charm, luscious parks and Guinness on tap
Ponder your stay in Dublin over a pint in the charming Temple Bar neighbourhood. With its cobbled streets, bars, cafes, galleries and architectural delights, this remains one of the most popular tourist attractions. You might even catch some traditional live music as you enjoy a Guinness, but keep in mind, pubs close early in Dublin so a daytime start is highly recommended. A Dublin bus tour will give you a good oversight of the city layout and introduce you to sights such as Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and the National Gallery and Museum. For a closer look, you can take a hop on, hop off tour, or plan your own itinerary afterwards.
One of Dublin’s oldest landmarks, the Dublin Castle, is a beautiful cluster of medieval buildings surrounding two fine courtyards. You can pay to see the luscious interior or take a stroll around the grounds and Dubh Linn Gardens, free-of-charge. St. Stephen’s Green, the National Botanic Gardens and the expansive Phoenix Park are other gems of greenery in the urban landscape. Rugby lovers may chance a Six Nations home game at Croke Park Stadium, or as a substitute for the real thing, take a tour of the Stadium and GAA Museum. There are plenty of day trips within reach of Dublin, and perhaps the best is a visit to Glendalough in County Wicklow. Just an hour by car from the Dublin, this tranquil valley holds the ruins of an 8th century monastic settlement, as well as an excellent selection of walking and hiking trails.
Trains, planes and automobiles: Getting to and around Dublin
Dublin airport offers an extensive short, medium and long haul network so there’s a good chance of a direct flight there. The airport is just 10km from the city centre and is served by numerous buses, taxis and car rental providers. Once in the city, there are many options for getting around. The Dublinbikes scheme provides self-service rental bikes to use on the impressive set of cycle lanes and tracks throughout the city. The two rail networks serve the inner city and Greater Dublin area and are easy to navigate. Many of the sites in Dublin are situated in a relatively concise area, making a tour on foot highly possible. Car travel is also a breeze, with Dublin connected to the rest of the country via all the important national primary routes.
Landmarks in Dublin
- Intl Financial Services Ctr (81)
- National Gallery (49)
- Garden of Remembrance (84)
- Ireland's Eye (20)
- Olympia Theatre (95)
- The O2 (20)
- St. Luke's Hospital (20)
- Beaumont Hospital (20)
- St. Patrick's Cathedral (Dublin) (60)
- Croke Park Stadium (21)
- Dublin Castle (92)
- Christ Church Cathedral (80)
- St. James's Gate Brewery (20)
Neighbourhoods in Dublin
- Crumlin - Walkinstown (1)
- Palmerstown - Chapelizod (2)
- Balinteer - Ballyboden (1)
- Ballsbridge (51)
- Ballyfermot (1)
- Carrickmines - Sandyford (6)
- Castleknock - Blanchardstown (4)
- Churchtown - Dundrum (1)
- Clondalkin (6)
- Clonshaugh - Darndale (1)
- Clontarf - East Wall (7)
- Donaghmede - Howth (5)
- Finglas - Glasnevin (3)
- Inn's Quay - Four Courts (13)
- North Wall - Dublin Port - O'Connell (99)
- Portobello - Phoenix Park (32)
- Raheny - North Bull Island (1)
- Rathmines - Templeogue - Terenure (24)
- Tallaght (4)
- Temple Bar - St. Stephen's Green (107)
- Whitehall - Botanic Gardens (29)
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