Information and Tourism
When it comes to visiting County Dublin, there is one place that grabs most visitors' attention. Few people forget their first visit to the city of Dublin in a hurry. It is a charismatic sort of place that isn't afraid to advertise its charms, using all the wiles that this big personality of a city has within its means.
There is no denying that there are charms aplenty in the city of Dublin, from its incredibly sociable pubs, which echo to the strains of Irish folk singers and fiddle players, to the city's pretty landscaped parks and Georgian architecture. Nowadays, it is possible to add another feature to the list. Dublin has in recent years acquired a certain cosmopolitan flavour that is fast turning it into a favourite among the weekend city breaks community. Dublin is also a popular haunt of literary types who can revel in all things James Joyce-related or follow in the footsteps of many an Irish literary hero.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the city, it is worth venturing into County Dublin itself rather than heading straight back on to the boat or plane. Outside the city limits are some incredibly beautiful coastal stretches that offer sweeping panoramic views out to sea. Dotted here and there are tiny villages like Malahide and Howth, so quintessentially Irish that you would be a fool not to sniff out a local pub and rest your weary feet over a pint of Guinness.
Ranking amongst the most popular attractions in the area is Bull Island, reputed to be one of the most significant conservation sites in Ireland today. Ironically, it is the creation not of nature but of human construction work in Dublin Bay, which started as early as the 18th century. Dollymount Strand, a long stretch of beach on the island, is popular with Dubliners who come here to stretch their legs and enjoy the views.
County Dublin Information and Fast Facts
- Country: Republic of Ireland
- Province: Leinster
- Population: approximately 1.3 million
- County administrative town or city: Dublin
- Language: English and Irish (Gaelic)
- Number of Irish-language speakers: 10,500
- Area: 350 square miles / 910 square kilometres
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