Dublin Travel Guide
Dublin is an iconic city dating back over 1,100 years and home to nearly 2 million residents, well over a third of the Republic of Ireland’s total population. The capital of Ireland is typically known for its buzzing night-time venues, which entertain the masses until the early morning, as well its attractions such as Dublin Castle that keep visitors busy during the day.
While obviously having much in common with the UK, Ireland is actually a separate European nation from Britain (and Northern Ireland) and gained independence from British rule in 1922. However, many remnants from this era remain including stunning Georgian-style buildings, which have been protected preserving Dublin’s historic centre for the foreseeable future. As such, Dublin’s historic significance is unquestionable and the city has maintained its past with pride. A great place to experience such history is at Dublin Castle, the 18th-century seat of British rule with no real features of a traditional castle, but instead more like a stately home where grand functions still take place to this day in the now Irish government complex.
Another claim to fame for the city is Irish pubs, which are known throughout the world and Dublin is where the brouhaha all started. Unlike the UK, Dublin public houses are not usually owned by a brewery chain and so a delightful range of micro-brewed beers and local favourites can be found behind the pumps. Guest ales usually rotate every other week, so don’t be shy about asking for a sample before purchasing a pint.
The pub, for many locals, is a community hub each attracting its own niche and, on the whole, a friendly crowd. Irish pubs have also started to provide food as an added service to capitalise on the unprecedented interest of tourists looking for an authentic ‘Oirish’ experience - making the local a great place to start your night out in Dublin.