Dublin Bed and Breakfast, Cheap Hotel and Guest House Accommodation
A city which has historically been the dramatic focal point for colonial ambitions first of the Vikings, then the Normans and over many centuries, the English, Dublin finally became the capital city of the Republic of Ireland in 1947.
Many of its most important buildings had survived World War II due to the country’s policy of neutrality, and it entered this new period in a state of nationalistic fervour, proud of its heritage and its independence after decades of fierce struggles for and against Home Rule.
Few could have predicted its emergence half a century later, though, as one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, with its economic success story borne out by the plethora of sophisticted venues newly opened: restaurants, clubs, galleries and hotels, which have added to the already fascinating collection of local landmarks and allow the visitor to choose between glimpses of history and nostalgia or stylish, contemporary cultural attractions.
Most recently it has attempted to shed its image as ‘stag night capital’, though its popularity simply bears testament to the wonderful night life centered around the booming and attractive Temple Bar area which every visitor should sample. Talking of sampling try the Guiness Storehouse and Jamesons Distillery and enjoy.
The city is divided by the river Liffey into the ‘southside’, traditionally more elegant and middle-class, and the north, although both areas have much to offer in the way of sights and varied accommodation.
Map of Dublin Area
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The Temple Bar— Between Dame Street and the Liffey, this area is the result of a massive investment in urban regeneration, which has created Dublins cultural heart and social hub within a quaint maze of cobblestone streets. Location of the Irish Film Centre.
Trinity College— With a long list of eminent alumni including the literary giants Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde, Trinity was founded by Elizabeth I and remains one of Europes great universities as well as home to the famous Book of Kells.
Drumcondra— Visit here the impressive Botanic Gardens with their splendid glasshouses and a pleasant river walk, or take a stroll through the Glasnevin Cemetery where the names of Daniel OConnell and Michael Collins are set in stone.
Ballsbridge— Also known as the Embassy District, this suburb has excellent transport links as well as some of Dublins most exclusive accommodation, often with conference facilities.
Coastal towns— Worth considering as a base when exploring the city. A round of golf may be in order at the exclusive Royal Dublin course on Bull Island, or magnificent cliff walks to Howth Head for great views of the city.
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Blarney Castle Blarney
A warm welcome to Blarney Castle, where all the real blarney began. We hope you enjoy your visit and can take some time to explore. If people come for the Stone, many stay for the mystical and beautiful Rock Close and gardens.
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