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Even though Dublin has boomed into a somewhat cosmopolitan European city, all of 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. Dublin has grown tremendously in the last 15 years and has gained a certain cosmopolitan charm, but the heart of Dublin - its people - still remain the true attraction.
Dublin is home to what can only be described as the Disneyland of beer. The 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' 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.
Collins Barracks, officially called the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, 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 your accommodation in Dublin.
The Dublin region is not, however, limited to just life in the city. Why not look for a holiday cottage in a picturesque seaside town along Dublin Bay? The coastal town of Malahide is perfect for a family holiday by the Irish Sea, with its beautiful sandy beaches and its Heritage Village, which is brimming with shops, restaurants and traditional Irish pubs. The 12th century Malahide Castle and Gardens is another popular tourist destination in this area, with its green grounds covering 260 acres of land. If you'd prefer booking accommodation in Dublin city centre itself, Malahide can be easily be made into a day trip during your holiday here at just a 20 minute train journey from the capital. If you're in search of a really adventurous day trip during your stay in Dublin apartments, however, then why not travel South to the Wicklow Mountains and follow one of the many hiking trails?
For a meal outside of your self catering Dublin apartments, 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 crubeens to chartreuse of red leg partridge, the menu is excellent. With so many attractions within walking distance of your accommodation in Dublin, the Irish capital stands out as an exciting holiday destination.
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