Whilst humans have inhabited the Dublin area since prehistoric times, the first real settlements did not appear until the 9th century and the arrival of the Vikings, although it is possible that earlier settlements may have existed much sooner (140 AD).
The Vikings remained until the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. Dublin castle was founded in 1204 by King John of England (one of many throughout Britain at the time). It was around the 13th century that the population of Dublin began to expand, although this growth was affected by the “Black Death” (plague) in 1348, which killed thousands over the years that followed. Sadly, it was another plague in 1649 that accounted for the deaths of almost 10,000 inhabitants over a two year period. However,Dublin recovered and at one point during the 17th century became the fifth largest city in Europe.
As you would expect from a capital city, there are many landmarks and monuments reflecting the city’s history. Dublin Castle is certainly one of the oldest (completed around the early 13th century) and a location to add to your places to see. The Ha’penny Bridge is considered to be one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, which is an old iron footbridge over the River Liffey. Other places include Mansion House, the Poolbeg Towers and the Cathedrals and Churches. However, not all of Dublin’s monuments are old and the Spire of Dublin (officially known as the “Monument of Light”) is just one example.
There is absolutely no shortage of entertainment in Dublin and almost every interest is catered for. Theatres include the Gaiety, Abbey,Olympia, Gate, andGrand Canal.
An equally wide and varied selection of places to eat is also available (many hundreds), and you could begin your exploration at Brasserie Sixty6 (city centre south), or perhaps the Le Bon Crubeen (city centre north).
Every kind of accommodation is on offer in Dublin (although camping facilities would obviously be found outside of the city). You will find all the top quality “famous” hotels in Dublin, but there are still many reasonably priced hotels available as well, such as the Aspect Park West, Dublin City Inn and Arlington Temple Bar.
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