County Dublin Tourist Attractions List of sites and attractions in County Dublin
Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
Dún Laoghaire is a town on the coast about 7 miles (11km) south of Dublin. Together with the splendid harbour and surrounding rolling hills, Dún Laoghaire is the ideal place to begin or end your journey through Ireland. It was once called Kingstown and before that the English called it Dunleary.
This is an excellent base for Dublin City -- the DART (Dublin Rapid Area Transit) station whisks you into the city within minutes!
Dublin, County Dublin
Sample some local brews. - Have a pint of Guinness or a shot of whiskey in one of Dublin's 1000 pubs!
Visit a Castle - Step back in time and visit a selection of ancient and historic castles situated both in the city and throughout Dublin County.
Dine with the locals - Dubliners like to eat, and the last ten years has seen the emergence of a cosmopolitan and chic food culture, which is mirrored in the hundreds of restaurants you will find throughout Dublin city and county.
Discover the story of Dublin - Visit some of the numerous museums and learn the history of this ancient capital.
Visit Georgian Dublin - Stroll through the elegant Georgian streets of Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares, as fine examples of the great Georgian period.
Shop 'til you drop! - Dublin offers a wonderful array of products ranging from the traditional to the more contemporary. A must for all shoppers is the central shopping area which runs from Henry Street to O' Connell Street and on to Grafton Street, and is easily explored on foot. There are also many fine shopping centres throughout the city and county.
Tour Dublin - See Dublin on any of the city's hop-on-hop-off tours, or escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit the countryside or costal villages just 20 minutes drive from the city centre.
'Rock & Stroll' around Dublin - Dublin is among the most important music cities in the world, so why not visit the many significant sites associated with Dublin's famous musicians, rock groups and pop artisits?
Party the night away! - Dublin has one of Europe's most happening nightlife cultures. Whether it's the traditional pubs with Irish music, or the hip and trendy bar and club scene of a major European city that you're after, you'll find it all in Dublin! Dublin is also famous for it's playwrights and plentiful theatres alike so if drama's your thing why not check out what's on at the theatre?
Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, County Dublin
Kids love this 30-acre zoo, with its array of creatures, animal-petting corner, and train ride. The surrounding park has room to run, picnic, and explore for hours (or days!).
Dublin's Viking Adventure, Dublin, County Dublin
This is a fun learning experience. Kids travel back in time to be part of Viking life with "real Vikings" working and interacting in a model Norse town. It's on the site where the Vikings made their home in Dublin.
Dalkey, County Dublin
This charming south-coast suburb of Dublin enjoys both easy access to the city and freedom from its snarls and frenzy. It has a castle, an island, a mountaintop folly, and a few parks, all in ample miniature. With all the fine and simple restaurants and pubs and shops anyone needs for a brief visit or a long stay, Dalkey is a tempting town to settle into.
Balbriggan, County Dublin
Balbriggan, a sea-side town located 32km (20mi) north of Dublin City Centre in North County Dublin. The name of the town in Irish is either Baile Brican, meaning Town of the Small Trout, or Baile Brigan, meaning Town of the Small Hills. The town was originally a small fishing village where King William of Orange and his army set up their camp after the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. In 1920 the town was burned and looted by the "Black and Tans" (a British Military force similar to the SS) after a Royal Irish Constable was murdered during the 1916-21 War of Independence.
Skerries, County Dublin
Skerries is a sea-side town lying on the east coast of Ireland.The name Skerries was derived from the Norse word meaning group of rocky islands. Skerriesis a thriving fishing town with a lot to offer to the tourist. It is situated 18 miles from Dublin City Centre . The airport and ferry ports are quickly and easily accessible.Dublin Bus operates a public transport system for Skerries to the centre of Dublin . Skerries has also a rail service which will now runs 7 days a week . These two transport systems allow access to onward travel in Ireland. The population of Skerries is growing daily mainly to the fact that it is now one of the most desirable locations to live in the greater Dublin area. Many new housing developments have sprung up to cater for the demand.
Swords, County Dublin
Swords is the name of a suburban town located to the north of Dublin City in Ireland. Originally a seperate town it has become integrated into the city's urban sprawl and in 1994 it became the capital of Fingal County a subdivision of larger County Dublin. Swords lies within the traditional county of Dublin and is adjacent to Dublin International Airport. Swords is one of many rapidly growing outer suburbs of Dublin city along with Lucan and Blanchardstown. Swords is an ancient settlement dating back to 560 AD. It was founded by St Colmcille (521-567). Legend has it that he blessed a local well, giving the town its name Sord meaning clear or pure.
Bray, County Dublin
Bray (Irish: Bré, formerly Brí Chulainn) is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. It is a busy urban centre and seaside town of approximately 32,000 people, making it the fourth largest town in Ireland (excluding the five cities). It is situated about 20 km (12 mi) south of Dublin on the east coast. The town is the location of some industry, is home for many who commute to Dublin by car or rail, is a market town for the surrounding area and still attracts tourists particularly from Dublin at weekends. The town straddles the Dublin-Wicklow border, with a portion of the northern suburbs situated in County Dublin. Bray is home to Ireland's only dedicated film studios, Ardmore Studios where films such as Excalibur, Braveheart, and Breakfast on Pluto have been shot.
Island Course, , County Dublin
(6,053 Metres / Par 71) Enveloped on three sides by the sea, this is a naturally true links course. The 1st, 3rd and 7th are probably the best holes on the outward nine but the most spectacular are to be found of the inward half. The 12th needs an excellent drive while the 13th is a superb par 3 of 190 metres, requiring a long iron or wood shot to reach a naturally well protected green. The 425 metre par 4 18th offers an excellent challenge with imposing sandhills on both sides.
Malahide Course, Malahide, County Dublin
(6,017 Metres / Par 71) This beautiful parkland course was founded in 1892 in the picturesque sea-side town of Malahide in north County Dublin. This unique course requires accurate iron shots to all of it's elevated greens, which for the most part are surrounded by water.
Portmarnock Championship Course, Portmarnock, County Dublin
(6,497 Metres / Par 72) Host to many of the Irish Open championships, this course displays what many consider to be the finest use of bunkering on any course in any country. The 14th and 15th are Portmarnock's most famous with the former being described as "the best hole in the world" by Sir Henry Cotton.
Portmarnock Links Course, Portmarnock, County Dublin
(6,260 Metres / Par 71) One of Ireland's newest championship links. Designed by Masters champion, Bernhard Langer, this magnificent site was chosen to be his first design of many. Opened in 1995, the perceptive planning provides all the necessary ingredients for the links purist. You will enjoy your round at this former stop on the PGA European Tour.
Royal Dublin Course, , County Dublin
(6,267 Metres / Par 72) This links style course is designed in the old traditional design resembling St. Andrews. The fine fescue grasses provide excellent greens and fairways while a wandering wind provides and often adds that extra hazard. Fine sand bunkers, close lies and subtle traps, are all extraordinary features of Royal Dublin.
St. Margaret's Course, , County Dublin
(6,917 Yards / Par 73) Home to the Women's Irish Open, St. Margaret's measures just under 7,000 yards off the back tees and the modern design approach makes use of water hazards and sculptured mounding on a level new to Irish golf. Every effort has been made to make the course a challenge full of variety and drama but very playable by all standards of player.
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