With an area of 115km2, Dublin is considered as the largest city of Ireland. This beautiful city also has a lot to offer – from music to entertainment, museums, arts, and merely everything. It also uncovers its colorful and vibrant cultures. Being a homey city, there is still more that you should know about Dublin.
1. Guinness Storehouse
You haven’t gone to Dublin without paying a visit to its top tourist destination. This seven-floor storehouse offers a great history and experience. You would see the four ingredients of beer, the process of brewing and fermentation, and an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. On the top floor, you would see the entirety of Dublin and could enjoy a pint of Guinness.
2. Over a thousand pubs
Nightlife? No problem. Dubliners drink a lot. Do not get shocked when Dubliners offer you a drink. Most often they offer a drink to strangers rather than their locals. Can you walk around Dublin without passing a pub? The answer is yes. It is pretty amazing that given a thousand number of pubs, you could still go around the city without passing by one.
3. Free access
Aside from experiencing the freedom in Dublin, you could also experience free admission to their museums, art galleries, parks and festivals. Yes, you heard it right. All are for free. You would not spend even a single euro on it.
4. Christmas spirit
Dublin is your ultimate get-away for the Christmas season. You will see how festive it is – from the Christmas lights, to the markets, busy people, cozy pubs and the warmth of the season. December 8 marks the unofficial start of their Christmas season. On this day, bazaars start to open, streets becomes busy, choir starts to carol, and Dubliners are in for their Christmas shopping.
5. Great deals
Looking for fun, interesting and exciting experience in Dublin? You can get around the city without spending thousands of euros and without swiping your card a hundred times. Dublin can offer affordable and quality deals in terms of accommodation, food and drink, and even on items. Choices are also being made available.
6. Ain’t no mountain high enough
Dublin, technically, has none to be called as mountain. But then, they have this so-called “Sugarloaf”, which they refer to as the tallest “Dublin Mountain”.
7. The land of the famous
Dublin is also fully-packed with famous artists from different industries – literature, music, entertainment, art, and even politics. In the industry of literature, there are subcategories of artists – the writers, poet, essayist, playwright, and novelist. If there’s an industry where Dubliners are really good at, it would be the industry of Literature. In fact, Dublin is said to be “The City of Literature”. All I Want is You, Always Forever Now, Breathe, and I Will Follow, are just few songs from U2. Yes, the rock band, U2 are Dubliners.
8. A city with two names
Do not be surprised if you’ll see the word Átha Cliath around the city, or even people will call the city as Dubh Linn, because, both names refer to Dublin. Átha Cliath means “Ford of the Reed Hurdles”. On the other hand, it is also referred to as Dubh Linn, meaning “black pool”.
9. Twin cities
Believe it, or just believe it, Dublin has three twin cities – Barcelona in Spain, Liverpool in United Kingdom, and San Jose in California. The twinning agreement of these cities are not just created because they feel they want to. Deeper reasons were laid down, and common bases were outlined. The agreement were merely based on their similarities in geographical, historical, cultural and trading connections.
10. 46 Rivers
With a land area of 44.5 miles2, or 115km2, Dublin managed to have 46 rivers. Among the 46 rivers, River Liffey is the most popular and most visited river. The Liffey means “An Life” in the Irish language. It became “Abhainn na Life”, which turned out to be Anna Liffey in the English language.