The world famous Temple Bar area of Dublin is also known as the Cultural Quarter. Teeming with bars, restaurants, music venues, hip boutiques and second hand shops, Temple Bar is a highlight of any visit to Dublin. Regular markets, street theatre and buskers make this the most exciting part of this vibrant city. Wander through cobbled streets to discover something new around each corner, sip a drink in one of the fine establishments and enjoy the bustle of locals and tourists that make up Dublin’s unique atmosphere
Dublin is often praised for its Georgian architecture and rightly so. The city has some of the finest Georgian buildings in the world and none are finer than those located in the Georgian Quarter. Running from St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College to the canal, this area is the epitome of gentrification. Merrion Square, St Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square are prime examples of this style of architecture with their tall red brick townhouses, colourful doors and wrought-iron decorated windows.
The Irish House of Parliament (The Dáil) is situated in one of the most spectacular Georgian buildings you will ever see – Leinster House. As befits such a magnificent area, the choice of places to dine is equally as grand.
This is the oldest part of the city, encompassing the area around Dublin Castle, Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral and taking in the old city walls. Part of the original Dubh Linn settlement, this area became the hub of the Vikings in Dublin and remnants of this time in history are still visible. Start your trip to Dublin with a deeper understanding of the city’s ancient history by taking a step back in time at Dublinia, and explore the medieval features of the area.
After exploring medieval Dublin you may be in the mood to sniff out some souvenirs from bygone days. Lucky for you, Dublin’s Antique Quarter is right next door. Just off High Street, the Francis Street area of the city has an abundance of antique, art and collectible stores offering hours of browsing to all fanatics. From fireplaces to fine art, this area has it all and it’s all for sale. Dust the cobwebs off your wallet and invest in something that will bring you and your family pleasure for centuries or just immerse yourself in the smell of old books and the feel of cracked leather for an hour.
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