It is not easy to walk around a city and find its streets little unchanged from their founding days, with traces of medieval and Viking history around every corner. Dublin is the capital par excellence drawing together culture, legend and leisure and creating a mix of the most deep-rooted traditions adapted to the modern world. Little surprise then that it has been selected as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit.
The elegance of its Georgian architecture and coloured doors against the grey brick backdrop have become Dublin's most recognisable features. The best way to get to know the real city is to wander through its streets, either on literary and artistic trails to discover its world heritage, traditional and avant-garde pub crawls to try a real Guinness, or by crossing the Ha’penny Bridge over the River Liffey that divides the city in two.
There is no time to get bored in Dublin. The infectious energy and good nature of Dubliners spurs you on to traipse all over the city and enjoy Dublin's uniqueness. Wander through its parks, visit its most emblematic museums and monuments and venture into the most medieval part of the city. Dublin will surprise you.
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and is known for being a city with a rich and varied history. The story of Dublin most likely starts with the Celtic tribes before the 1st century BC, although it did not become the most important city in Ireland until after the invasion of the Vikings in the 8th century, who decided to found the city and settle close to the River Liffey to benefit from its strategic advantages.
After a brief spell with the Normans, the English took over and Dublin grew rapidly. During the Georgian period the city was rebuilt, and much of its architecture adapted to fit this time. This explains the Georgian style of architecture it is famous for. After various Irish uprisings against the United Kingdom, the Irish War of Independence broke out between 1919 and 1922, ending with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. In 1949 the Republic of Ireland was proclaimed with Dublin as its capital.
Dublin's history is reflected in its most emblematic buildings: the Four Courts, the current headquarters of the Irish Supreme Court, Custom House, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle, home to the British government in Ireland until 1922. Wandering the streets of the Irish capital and learning about its historical intricacies through its façades and coloured doors is highly recommendable.