The City of Dublin

Secure travel and great City Breaks in Dublin

Dublin, built on the river Liffey, is a city with a history that spans more than a thousand years.  While there are still remains of the early Viking influence the city has evolved over the years to become a vibrant cosmopolitan European city which has held on to much that was good in the past while incorporating modern day influences and improvements.

Christ church Cathedral

Dublin’s oldest building, though much changed in the course of its thousand year history. Architecturally, it is famed for its Norman crypt (the second largest in Britain or Ireland) and for the arcading of the nave which is considered to be the finest example of Early English in the country.

It is probably both liturgically and musically the most ambitious of Ireland’s Anglican places of worship.  The peal of bells, which traditionally rings in the New Year in Dublin, was augmented in 1999 to become one of the largest in the world.

St. Patricks Cathedral

Religion has always played a big role in the life of the city.  There are two Cathedrals each with their own distinctive history.  St. Patricks was built on this site in 1191. In 1991  800 years of worship was celebrated.

The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland (Anglican).  Jonathan Swift (30 Nov 1667 – 19 Oct 1745) the famous satirist, essayist, and political pamphleteer became Dean of St. Patrick's.  Perhaps his most famous work is Gulliver's Travels.

Trinity College

The college is situated in the centre of the city.  It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I.  Now more than 400 years later it remains a major University - ranked 43rd. in the world - with an illustrious list of former students.

The Library of Trinity College has over 4.5 million printed volumes and significant quantities of manuscripts (including the Book of Kells), maps and music. As a "copyright library", it has legal deposit rights for material published in the Republic of Ireland and is also the only Irish library to hold such rights for the United Kingdom.

A visit to see the Book of Kells is a must when in Dublin.


Grafton Street is one of Dublin's main shopping streets.  A pedestrianised area where buskers, including musicians, poets and mime artists commonly perform to the shopping crowds. This street was portrayed in the 2006 film Once, starring Glen Hansard of The Frames, a former Grafton Street busker.

Bewley's Oriental Café, a Grafton Street institution since its opening in 1927.


Flower sellers on Grafton Street