Dublin is a centuries old city that has within it the perfect mix of the past and the present. Sections of the city still have a major influence from the many inhabitants of the past, like the Vikings, while others seem dedicated to looking only towards the future, a brighter focus than that of the past it is hoped. There are numerous Dublin tours that will show you all of the city you wish to see, and we invite you to do as much as you can to understand the depths within this compact but thriving city of heroes and villains, alike.
A City Of Two Spirits
Split in two by the River Liffey, it also seems to act as a metaphysical barrier between the city of the past, and the city of the future. To one side of the river lies the Old City, where the impact of every invader and resident can still be observed and felt. To the other side is the newer side of the city, with modern construction and the sweeping vistas of the Grand Canal.
At its center, rises old Dublin Castle and the still standing city walls originally built by the Norman invaders. This is one of the most popular areas within the city for tourists, and the providers of Dublin Tours rank this area as one of the most requested, by day and by night. The castle was first founded as a fort in 1204 by the then reigning King John, and was expanded and modified over the years. During the 18th century, it became the seat of power for British rule in Ireland, at least until 1922. The site itself inspires such great buildings, because it has always had something here, a Viking fort, a Gaelic Ring fort, and the structures that you see today.
Surrounding this are the many cobblestone streets that form the Temple Bar area, and Meeting House Square. These are the streets to search for the true culture of Dublin, the songs, the spirits, the socializing and some pretty nice bargains for the tourists to enjoy as well. Other places of note within this district are the Custom House, the Dublin Writers Museum, and Trinity College, all stops among the many Dublin Tours for sightseeing and history lessons.
The Modern Side Of Dublin
Back across the River Liffey you will find the grand and glorious dockside area of Dublin, the heart of modern commerce in this great city. Also called the Docklands, it is here that you will find the many trendy bars, boutiques, and businesses that make up a great deal of the economy here. Modern architecture has transformed sections of this reach into contemporary entertainment venues, living and dining areas. Following along the river, you will soon find the international hub of finance and corporations, like Facebook, that drives this zone, as well as some beautiful museums and theaters along the way.