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One of the smallest capital cities in Europe, Dublin is well known for its culture and hospitality, constantly being rated as one of the friendliest cities in the world. Lonely Planet have also ranked Ireland as the one of the top ten destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime. Dublin is a vibrant city, with many interesting landmarks and places to visit that are steeped in history.

Some of Dublin's main attractions:

Dublin Castle: The Castle site stands at the junction of the River Liffey and the Poddle.  In fact, Dublin city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. Before the castle, a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors in the ' Mediaeval Undercroft' which also includes the remains of the original 13th century Castle. More information can be found here.

Guinness Storehouse: Located in St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to Guinness since 1759, Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland’s Number One Visitor Attraction. The seven-storey building is a former Guinness fermentation plant, which has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar. Visitors can enjoy 360-degree views across Dublin City whilst sipping on a pint of complimentary Guinness. More information can be found here

The Old Jameson Distillery: Located in the heart of Dublin,  you can re-live the story of John            Jameson & Son through the history, atmosphere and taste via the tour. On the tour you will discover how three simple ingredients- water, barley and yeast - are transformed into the smooth golden spirit that is Jameson Irish Whiskey. After the tour, all visitors are rewarded with a Jameson signature drink and lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a tutored whiskey comparison. More information can be found here.

Pheonix Park:  The park is the largest enclosed city park in Europe. At 1750 acres, it is twice the size of Central Park in New York and five times the size of Hyde Park in London. More information can be found here.

Temple Bar:Temple Bar, with its outdoor cafe terraces, delicious eateries, bars and pubs, and pedestrianised streets is a great place to visit. It is also a great place for high quality fashion, footwear, furniture, food and culture. More information can be found here.

Grafton Street:Grafton Street is one of Dublin's most prominent shopping districts.

Trinity College: Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is the oldest university in Ireland. The college sits on a 40-acre site, and retains its ancient cobbled squares, gardens and parks. The college is famous for its treasures, which includes the Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript, the Books of Durrow and Armagh and an early Irish harp. These artefacts are displayed in the Treasury and the Long Room which houses over 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books.

National Museum:The Museum opened its doors in 1890, and today features outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. In the treasury, there is a fine collection of prehistoric gold artefacts. You can walk through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings. The new and fascinating Kingship & Sacrifice exhibition centres on a number of recently found bog bodies dating back to the Iron Age. Admission to the Museum is free. More information can be found here.

National Gallery:The National Gallery of Ireland was established in 1854 by an Act of Parliament, and first opened its doors to the public in January 1864. Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media. More information can be found here.

Other landmarks and information can be found on the visitDublin website.

Despite being one of Europe's smaller capital city, it isn't cheap. Lonely planet have produced a guide however, to visiting some of the attractions Dublin has to offer without using your wallet. This guide can be found here.

12-14 January 2015 — University College Dublin, Ireland