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The city which is the subject of perhaps one of the most famous novels, Ulysses, has been inspiring writers, painters, poets and visitors for many years. The capital of Ireland has lots of attractions, a rich cultural life, terrific pubs, great restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and a wealth of shops. It is also famed for the warmth with which visitors are received and a music scene that encompasses everything from traditional Irish to rock and classical.
Step back into Dublin's medieval past with a visit to the city's castle, used as the setting for the BBC TV series The Tudors. See St Patrick's Cathedral, home to the body of the writer Jonathan Swift who was dean here, as well as six Celtic grave slabs over 1,000 years old. Marvel at the Book of Kells at Trinity College, one of the world's most beautifully illustrated manuscript that dates to 800AD.
Admire the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts as well as Celtic and medieval art at the National Museum of Ireland. Explore attractions such as the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Zoo, or the National Aquatic Centre, one of the most innovative water parks in Europe. And no visit to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. This museum at St James' Gate Brewery is dedicated to the black stuff and takes the form of a gigantic pint of Guinness.
There's much to see and do in Dublin and a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland, which holds 2,500 paintings including Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ, is right up there. Other artists featured include Velázquez, Vermeer and Picasso. There is also a museum of modern art. Dublin is also home to a number of theatres including the famous Gate and Abbey, while the Gaiety specialises in musical and operatic productions. It has a number of acclaimed dramatic, musical and operatic companies, a thriving underground arts scene and has two alternative art house cinemas.
Dublin has one two-starred Michelin and four one-starred restaurants. It also has others serving a variety of international cuisine including Japanese and Korean, French and Sichuan cuisine. And you'll no doubt want to visit a few of the more famous pubs. Pubs like Davy Byrnes in which Leopold Bloom enjoys a glass of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich in Ulysses. Or how about Grogan's Castle Lounge, another Dublin institution, which has great Guinness and low key charm?
Dublin has a thriving nightlife, unsurprising as around half its population is under 25. Temple Bar is the best known area which is home to visiting stag and hen dos. Head also for the areas around Leeson Street, Harcourt Street, South William Street and Camden and George's Street.
Westbury Mall is one of Dublin's most exclusive and upmarket shopping centres. There are also a number of shopping districts particularly those around Henry Street and Grafton Street.
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|Beer (0.5 litre)||£2.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£7.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£2.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£3.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£32.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£66.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£2,009.00|