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Dublin Ireland is the largest city in Ireland, rich in history and also quickly establishing itself as a trendy and modern world capital city. Whether you enjoy being surrounded by nature, the wonders of ancient and modern architecture, or the lively spirit of the Irish people, Dublin has something for you. Start your trip by checking into the Clontarf Castle Hotel, which is a short and easy bus ride from Dublin City Centre. This much modernised castle dates back to 1837, and is a comfortable and character-filled base from which to explore this incredible city. The National Gallery of Ireland is a free attraction which showcases the national collection of Irish and European art, and includes works by Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh. The collection includes over 15'000 different artworks, including oil paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and furniture. You can visit 7 days a week, with extended opening hours Thursdays. dublin irelandTrinity College is a world class research university which is also well worth a visit. The Science Gallery is a public science centre and was a world first, holding various lectures and a series of 4-6 exhibitions a year. Also at Trinity College is the Book of Kells, a beautifully preserved and illuminated manuscript containing the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Believed to have been created around 800AD, it is widely regarded to be Ireland's finest National Treasure and has a fascinating history which can be studied here. The Guinness Storehouse has recently been voted as Dublin's top attraction for the 3rd year in a row. This tourist attraction covers 7 floors, and starts on the ground floor by introducing the beer's 4 ingredients. The top floor houses the Gravity Bar, where visitors can enjoy a pint of Guinness (included in the price of admission) while enjoying the views of Dublin from this elevated spot. dublin irelandFor those seeking to revel in Dublin's nightlife, head to Temple Bar and wander its cobbled streets as you skip from pub to pub. Live bands and a happy crowd make this a popular drinking hole for tourists, and Meetinghouse Square is used for outdoor film screenings in summer months. There are also an increasing number of vintage clothing stores and art galleries which lend Temple Bar quite a bohemian feel. Anyone wanting to escape the city for a day should jump on the DART at Pearse station, and take the short 30min trip to Howth. This coastal hideaway boasts the scenic Bog of Frogs loop, which has hikes of varying lengths and difficulty. Regardless of the path you choose, every turn will reward you with picturesque scenes. Explore a hidden cave, a secluded bay or the famous Howth Head. Before you head back into the city, stop at one of the many restaurants for a traditional and comforting fish and chips. Whether you are a first timer to Dublin or a regular visitor, regardless of the season, young or old, Dublin can always surprise and delight!

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