Even though Dublin has boomed into a somewhat cosmopolitan European city, all its original charm and allure still remain intact. Dublin was originally founded as a Viking settlement. It grew to be the Kingdom of Dublin and later became Ireland's principal city. Today it remains the island's capital and most populated city. Even though Dublin has grown tremendously in the last 15 years and has gained a certain cosmopolitan swagger, the heart of Dublin, its people, still remain the true attraction.
One of Dublin's gems is its Disneyland of beer. Guinness Storehouse is a multimedia tribute to the city's most cherished symbol and the country's most famous export. The only part of the enormous 26-hectare Saint James's Gate Brewery that is open to the public is the old grain house. From the Gravity Bar at the top of its commanding seven storeys awaits amazing panoramas of the city. There are many Dublin apartments in the nearby vicinity available for rent.For the bookworm, a visit to the Old Library is essential. The somewhat severe architecture of the building can be accredited to Thomas Burgh. Taking advantage of the Library Act of 1801, the Trinity College Library is still entitled to a free copy of every book published in Britain, despite Ireland's independence in 1949. Nearly a kilometre of shelving needs to be added every year to accommodate the bounty. Having grown too large for the college library, the books are housed at separate library storage facilities among many flats and holiday homes Dublin.
Collins Barracks, officially called the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History annexe, is contained in one of the most exquisite buildings in Dublin. On the orders of Queen Anne in 1704, it was built to be the largest military barracks in the world. Walking bridges link arcaded colonnades and blocks that surround a central square await you - easily accessible from holiday homes, Dublin apartments and other holiday accommodation.
For a meal outside of your Dublin apartment, why not visit Clarence's Tea Rooms. The cavernous rooms were designed to resemble a church and the building's double-height windows allow for eating rooms flooded with natural light. Clarence's Tea Rooms provide a fusion of typical Irish produce and classic French cuisine. From traditional Cork city crubeens to chartreuse of red leg partridge, the menu is excellent. With so many attractions within walking distance of your Dublin apartments or holiday homes, Dublin stands out as an exciting holiday destination.
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