Dublin's heritage spans a millennium of history, change and development. The first known settlement was Áth Cliath, which took its name from a large ford on the River Liffey. Around the 6th century, a monastery named Duiblinn was founded there, where the Vikings finally arrived. Of fascinating cultural and artistic richness, your stay in the city will certainly be unforgettable.
After the Anglo-Norman invasion in the twelfth century, Dublin became the capital of the English Lordship of Ireland and was largely populated by settlers from England and Wales. After the Act of Union of 1800, a large part of the Irish ruling class, aristocracy and nobility left Dublin for London. Dublin has slowly become more distinctly a middle class and commercial city. Smaller houses were built, this time for merchants, doctors, lawyers and bankers. The city center becomes the place where we do business, but where the poorest live. On the other hand, the glorious Victorian suburbs appear as prime areas to settle. Today Dublin is a vibrant European capital. With more than 500,000 people living there and a metropolitan population of nearly two million, its history and heritage are to be discovered.
For classical music lovers
Fans of classical music should head to the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace. It is Ireland's premier venue for all things orchestras and it also emphasizes traditional Irish music. Events sell out quickly, so planning ahead is essential.
Anchor on the Jeanie Johnston
The Jeanie Johnston is a sight not to be missed. The Irish Famine was a catastrophic period in Ireland's past, a period that saw over a million Irish people starve to death. The Ship Tour is a true recreation of the ship at its peak and provides you with a once in a lifetime experience as you explore the journey of those fearful Irish passengers who risked their lives crossing the ocean.
Explore the basement of Saint-Michan church
This church is not so well known for its beautiful architecture, located in the Smithfield district of Dublin, but rather for its collection of corpses. St. Michan is home to several mummified bodies, well preserved in basement coffins, some over 800 years old. These mummies were created by specific atmospheric conditions in the basement, and even their coffins eroded and disintegrated to dump the corpses. If you are looking for an experience that is both thrilling and freaking out, look no further than St. Michan.
Visit Dublin Zoo
Even if you have visited many zoos before, the one in Dublin will be one of the largest zoos you will ever visit. Located in the heart of Phoenix Park, the zoo is full of animals and experiences from around the world and every continent. This is a must see site for wildlife lovers.