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A Brief Guide To Dublin, Ireland
By:Zenobia Vuturo

Dublin provides a vibrant, dynamic and exciting holiday destination to suit all ages, budgets and tastes. This fast expanding city is becoming an increasingly popular choice for holiday goers; a fact explained by the vast amount of things the city offers.

Transport: For those who want to take a car there are regular ferry services running to Dublin from various British and Scottish ports. Dublin airport is also located in the northern half of the city; this is well served by public transport and thus easy to get in and out of. The good public transport system runs throughout the city, meaning there are plenty of ways for you to get around if you don''t fancy driving or walking.

Hotels: Whatever your budget or tastes Dublin will provide accommodation for you. There are lots of cheaper options for those on a budget: hostels litter the city and places like Temple Bar Hotel provide a good-value, centrally located base for visitors. If you''re looking for a bit of luxury then the 5* Dylan Hotel is worth considering: it has a great location and you can be assured of the more luxurious stay possible.

Food: Like any capital city Dublin has the normal range of international chain restaurants and fast-food joints. However, if you''re looking for something a little more authentic then restaurants like Quay''s Irish restaurant can cater to your taste: there are far more options available than just simple Irish stew and it''s well worth sampling some of the local cuisine.

Nightlife: The fact that around 50% of the population of Dublin are estimated to be under twenty-five gives some clue as to the state of the city''s night-life: its buzzing. The Temple Bar Area has a huge range of pubs, clubs and restaurants for those looking to make a real night of it. If you''re looking for something a bit different many pubs have Irish song nights, where you can go and listen to talented locals whilst nursing a nice pint of Guinness.

Culture: Dublin has always been famous for its literary giants ? Oliver Wilde, William Yeats, Samuel Beckett to name but a few. This has spawned many attractions connected to these figures: one of the most famous examples is the Ulysses Tour people can take part in where they''re guided to the locations from James Joyce''s novel of the same name. For those interested in something a little different the Irish Museum of Modern Art is also worth having a wander round.

What to do: Dublin Castle is as impressive as you''d expect and a visit there won''t disappoint those who are interested in history. For animal lovers Dublin Zoo has an impressive range of creatures and also puts on a lot of special events to entertain the kids. On Saturdays Aras an Uachtarain, the home of the President of Ireland is also open for those who want a glimpse into the world of Irish politics.

Tips: There are a number of tours running through Dublin whether you want to travel by bus, foot or even boat. These can be a great way to get a better sense of the city and what you want to do there. Another tip is to pick up a ?Dublin Pass?; this gives you free entry to 31 visitor attractions, 26 special offers and free Aircoach transfers and is a great way to save money.

Zenobia Vuturo is a really experienced travel blogger who has travelled extensively across the UK and Ireland.

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