The Multifarious Attractions of Dublin
The capital city of Ireland, Dublin has got its great charm and multifarious attractions. But at the outset it must be mentioned that some great literary giants like Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Yeats and others had adorned this place. For a student of literature it may not be out of place to mention that the author of famous Ulysses, James Joyce had set this location for details in many of his works.
Dublin was very famous for its theatres like Gaiety, Gate, Olympia and The Abbey. Many great dramas of Bernard Shaw and others were first enacted here. Dublin was thus a seat of Irish Theatre and during its peak period attracted world wide attention. One must remember before many of the modern TV entertainments, theatre occupied a great place in the imagination of the people for pursuit of literary and cultural strands. Dublin Castle, Aras an Uachatrain, Dublin Castle are some historical places of interest.
There are numerous museums to attract and educate the tourists and local people alike in Dublin. Chester Beaty Library occupies the pride of place in this category with a rare collection of manuscripts and other works from the very early times of human cultural activities to the modern times. Egyptian, Turkish, European works abound here to astonish us! Dublin City Gallery, Dublin Writers Gallery, separate National Museums for Archaeology and Fine Arts, National Photographic Archive, Pearse Museum are but a few of the great representative institutions of this category. One marvels at the painstaking manner in these places to preserve the values of the past to be transmitted into the future!
The list of shopping centres and streets is quite impressive for Dublin. Antique Quarter Francis Street, Ballymun Farmers’ market, Arts and Crafts Market, Dockland Coco Markets are some of the fine centres where one could shop to one’s heart’s content! The ambience, facilities and varieties in these places and different types of markets are truly amazing!
Merrion Square Exhibition is a special feature of Ireland where Dublin City Council arranges on all Sundays a gathering in which tourists can leisurely stroll through huge art collections for visual treat and purchase! As it is a condition laid down by the Council that only originals should be displayed by the Artists, buyers are assured that there would be no duplicity in their purchase of artistic creations.
Of Parks and places of relaxation mention must be made of a number of interesting centres in Dublin: Ardgilln Castle, Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, National Botanical Gardens, St.Stephen’s Green, Carmal Duignan’s Garden, Fernhill Gardens and Herbert Park are some examples for this category. There is an atmosphere of total relaxation and in many places one is lost in the beauty of nature, so carefully preserved.
One should not miss St.Audoen’s Church, a rare medieval parish Church for the repose and serenity it exudes.Ireland’s offer of a pleasant night life begins with The Former St.Mary’s Church where different tires of entertainment are held. This has been acclaimed by visitors from different parts of the world as very distinctive and soul-filling! Belfied Restaurant, Chemeleon Restaurant, Cusack’s Restaurant are among more than a score of great places of entertainment where you get the best food and wines. There are also a dozen spas of vintage service.
Accommodation does not pose any problem in Dublin. The Dylan Hotel, Maldron Cardiff Lane, Ballsbridge Towers, Schoolhouse Hotel are some of the top ranking accommodation providers in Dublin. But there are plenty of Budget hotels to accommodate different groups like Study groups, business people, youth and sports-lovers. Similarly movement within the city does not have any problem as scores of transport companies would take care of individual, group and special requirements of the travellers.
A Dublin holiday will restore the energy sapped during the working year!