An Introduction To Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and is known as The Town of the Hurdled Ford. It is located in the province of Leinster, and the city has a population of nearly 1.1 million people, by far the largest city in Ireland. Founded upon the River Liffey, it became one of the fastest growing capital cities in Europe in recent years, both economically and population wise. Dublin has a mild climate, and is famous for rain, but doesn’t have the severe winters of the Continent.

Where to Go?
Science Gallery is a one-of-a-kind venue where science meets arts which allows the public to interact with the exhibits, and explores various topics of current interests. Please check the events listing prior to visit, as there is transitional period in between exhibits. Science Gallery does not house a permanent exhibit. Entry is free although some experiments may incur a small charge to cover the running costs. There is also a cafe in the gallery that serves delicious Italian food.

National Museum of Ireland has three branches in the capital: The Archaeology branch on Kildare Street, which looks at prehistoric and medieval Ireland; The Decorative Arts & History branch at Collins Barracks, and the Natural History branch on Merrion Street.

The National Gallery of Ireland is home to the Irish national art collection. Most notable for its comprehensive collection of Irish art, the gallery also has some great works from Italian baroque and Dutch masters. Irish Museum of Modern Art, located on an impressive site in a 17th century building west of Dublin city centre that was formerly a hospital, it is now a home of modern and contemporary art.

Dublin Castle, originally a castle boasting four circular towers and tall walls, Dublin Castle dates all the way back to the 13th century. Just one of these towers remains today, however, and most of the castle’s surviving buildings are from the 18th century. It is nonetheless a grand location boasting several different museums as well as regular diplomatic functions.

Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in the city. The Christ Church Cathedral is a gothic-style church of almost a thousand years old. Although it has undergone many restorations, it remains an excellent example of medieval and Victorian architecture. It is adjacent to Dublinia and entry to both places can be bought together at a discounted price.

Guinness Storehouse, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city, it is situated inside St James Gate brewery, which has been the home of the famous black stuff since the 1700s. Here one can learn all about how the stout is made, it’s many famous advertising campaigns and even how to pour the perfect pint.

What to Eat?
Irish cuisine is based on fresh vegetables, fish (especially salmon and trout), oysters, mussels and other shellfish, traditional soda bread, the wide range of cheeses that are now being made across the country, and, of course, the potato. Traditional dishes, such as Irish stew, coddle, the Irish breakfast, and potato bread have enjoyed resurgence in popularity.

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