Steeped in tradition and yet utterly modern, Dublin has grown into one of Europe’s most vibrant and thriving cities.
Founded in 988, it exhibits a unique blend of architectural styles, from early Viking settlements and Norman castles to Georgian townhouses and slick, glass and steel skyscrapers. On both sides of the river Liffey, homes of literary icons like Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett stand against a backdrop of historical sites ranging from Dublin Castle to the Victorian flower beds of St Stephen’s Green Park.
A buzzing hub of metropolitan activity, Dublin is also home to no less than half of the world’s top-50 banks. Hundreds of international tech companies and innovative start-ups have operations there. For a few days, it will be where the world talks security printing.
Ireland's greatest cultural treasure, housed in the Old Library building of Trinity College Dublin, this lavishly illustrated 1200-year-old copy of the four Gospels is the world's most famous medieval manuscript.
A must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin.
Trinity College Dublin The University of Dublin College Green Dublin 2 +353 1 896 1000
One of the National Musem of Ireland's four different sites, this is the main repository of the nation's archaeological treasures.
Its vast collections of Bronze and Iron Age gold, displayed alongside intricate Celtic Iron Age metalwork, prehistoric and Viking Ireland artefacts, and Egyptian objects, are one of Dublin's most popular attractions.
From Impressionist classics bequeathed by Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1015) to abstract paintings by Sean Scully, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane holds a unique collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art, displayed in the finely refurbished Charlemont House.
Behind its limescale-clad facace also lie the entire contents of the studio of the Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon (1909–92), as removed from the South Kensington home where he lived in London for 31 years, meticulously catalogued and reconstructed, in all its chaos.
Charlemont House Parnell Square North Dublin 1 +353 1 222 5550
A trip to Dublin would not be complete without a drink in the pub. With over 1000 of them in the capital alone, there is plenty to explore. Leave the well-trodden cobbles of Temple Bar to find the venues locals enjoy.
Here is a pick of the finest, away from the tourist drag.