Dublin derives its name from the Irish word Dubhlinn, which means "dark, black", and lind, "pool". Located behind Dublin Castle, this tidal pool was where the River Poddle entered the Liffey. 

A city as friendly as an Irish pub and as intimate as a village, Dublin welcomes you. Dublin is a city surrounded by mountains, centered on a river, and bordered by a beautiful bay. Its streets and alleys are filled with art and historic buildings, hip cafés, and traditional "old man" pubs. Over 1,000 years of history come alive when you wander the streets, where Viking echoes blend with buzzing boutiques, cobbled streets ring with the sounds of buseskers, and 18th-century parks play host to festivals, film screenings, and food markets.

With approximately 1.9 million people living in the Greater Dublin Region, it has a relatively large population for Ireland's size. Approximately half of Ireland's population resides in this metropolitan area. 

Dublin enjoys mild weather all year round. The winters are rarely freezing, and the summers are often warm with light showers.


Dublin is a resoundingly social city, home to culture, creativity, and craic (fun). You'll see it in the busy pubs, the rolling nightlife scene, music, and chat. But this ancient jewel has natural beauty as well. You'll find coastal walks, small villages, views of the sea, and rugged mountains beyond the city limits of Dublin Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere. Explore the Dublin mountains, go rock-climbing in Dalkey Quarry, walk the cliffs at Howth, or join the Dublin hardcore who swim whatever the weather. Everywhere you turn, there is an adventure.

Many of Dublin's top attractions sell out in the summer. If you want to see something, you should book online in advance, especially if you want to see the Book of Kells, where even early arrivals may find all the slots filled.

There are thirty-some attractions in Dublin that are included in the Dublin Pass. No public transport is included with the Pass, nor is the Library and Book of Kells at Trinity College had.

Dublin is known for its colorful characters. The best way to experience and live the city is to learn from people who are themselves characters - Dublin Tour Guides. The tours usually range from one to four hours in length. They may include paranormal tours, ghost tours, music and song tours, literature tours, historical tours, and even Irish mythology tours. 

The Duke Pub in Dublin 2 (just off Grafton Street) is the location for the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. . It is the most comprehensive crash course of Irish literature, history, architecture, and pub bonhomie ever devised... The combination of street theatre and Irish 'craic' makes Dublin pubs the liveliest in Europe. As you drown your brain cells, you get the pleasant sensation that you are replacing them with new ones. In addition to professional actors, there are fun-filled quizzes with prizes for the winners. Occasionally, it can be too formal, but it's well worth it for such an unforgettable tour. The time is enough to stop at each pub for a pint - about 10-12 euros. 

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