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Tourist information for Dublin

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O Connel BridgeDublin has transformed itself in recent years into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and is now one of the most visited capitals in Europe.

The city is divided by the River Liffey. South of the Liffey is the main shopping area around Grafton Street, Trinity College, St Stephens Green and the Temple Bar district. To the north of the river are O'Connell Street and Henry Street, the other major shopping streets. Ha'penny Bridge and the main thoroughfare of O'Connell Bridge cross the Liffey and are landmarks and attractions in their own right.

Dalkley Harbour
Around Dublin are many seaside suburbs which curve around Dublin Bay. Most resorts along the bay can be reached by DART from the centre of Dublin, and there are many popular walks along the coastline.

To the south, Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leary), is a busy harbour and resort, also home to the National Maritime Museum. 1km south (about half an hour's walk along the coast) is Sandycove with a pretty beach and the Martello tower which houses the James Joyce Museum (it is also the setting for the opening of his novel Ulysses). Still further south is Dalkley, where many castle remains can be found.

Howth Headland
To the north of Dublin are Howth, Malahide, whose castle is open to visitors, and to the far north (30km from Dublin), the quiet resort of Skerries. Howth is a pretty harbour town set on a peninsular offering superb views of Dublin Bay, with a variety of pubs, bars and restaurants.


Guinness Brewery and Storehouse

The massive St James's Gate Brewery is found to the west of central Dublin and is a key part of Dublin's heritage and identity. The only part of the brewery open to visitors is the Guinness Storehouse which opened in 2000. There is an impressive exhibition, but the highlight of the visit is the opportunity to taste Dublin's finest pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar at the top of the building with panoramic views of Dublin.