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Dublin 2011: A guide to the city



Dublin doesn’t only offer pre-season football tournaments and pints of the black stuff - there are a plethora of activities for all to enjoy.

It isn’t too hard to get to Dublin with several daily flights to the Irish capital from Manchester Airport and car ferries from Liverpool or Holyhead.
When you arrive in the Irish capital you will be greeted by a variety of travel options from hire cars to buses and once in the centre of town you can easily navigate your way around on foot. 

If you would like to combine culture with the odd jar, The Irish Literature Pub Crawl can fulfil both of those criteria. With a mixture of street performances and trips to public houses you will be sure to find the right level of craic.

Also for those with a love of books, a visit to Trinity College where formerly the elite of the country were educated is a must, and it now boasts a world-renowned library.

Dublin Castle is another favourite with visitors to the city. The building was previously the residence of the Viceroy of Ireland, but now performs a ceremonial role by holding banquets and government policy launches, as well as being the host for the European Presidency when Ireland hold it every ten years.

In the evening, you may want to take a trip down to Temple Bar, where all of the city’s most popular night life is based. From restaurants to clubs to pubs, you can find everything needed for a good night out in this part of this part of town.

Grafton Street provides an array of shopping and includes the department store Brown Thomas which is extremely popular with the shopaholics of Dublin.

And no visit to Dublin would be complete without a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse where, we are reliably informed, you will be able to sample the best pint of Guinness in the world. It concludes with the 360-degree view of Dublin from several floors up in the Gravity Bar, where you can sample the iconic tipple – thoroughly recommended.

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