Becoming an important cultural capital and the most recent one in Europe, Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is currently a very popular destination for students eager to learn English abroad. It attracts artists from all walks of life, creating a phenomenon similar to Paris in the 1920s, New York in the 1950s, and London in the 1960s. Despite achieving the status of a major capital city, Dublin maintains the atmosphere of a large village. Its friendly and welcoming character makes it an ideal destination for a linguistic stay in the land of the Celts.
525 383 inhabitants
1 hour 40 minutes from Geneva
The city of Dublin is located on the eastern coast of the Irish island, at the mouth of the River Liffey that runs through the Irish capital from west to east. Dublin Bay is situated in the Irish Sea, the body of water that separates Ireland from Great Britain. The city is 45 kilometers from the Welsh coast and 95 kilometers south of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. The city experiences a typical oceanic climate, with relatively mild winters, with an average temperature around 5°C, and cool summers. Precipitation is frequent throughout the year.
The village of Dublin originally consisted of fishermen and farmers. In 837, it was invaded by Viking conqueror Thorgis. The Viking invasion came to an end in 1014 after the Battle of Clontarf in the northern part of the city. This was followed by the Anglo-Norman invasion, which brought Dublin under submission in 1169. The religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants has left a lasting impact on Ireland and its capital, but Dublin managed to develop during the 18th century. The 1916 Easter Rising and the Anglo-Irish War resulted in the destruction of numerous ancient monuments in the city. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Republic in 1921.
The Irish capital offers several natural sites, such as the vast Phoenix Park, the charming St. Stephen's Green, and the Garden of Remembrance accessible from Parnell Square. Among the historical and cultural sites to visit, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and the National Art Gallery are notable attractions. As the fourth-largest sports stadium in Europe, you can also visit Croke Park, the temple of Gaelic sports. The city is constantly filled with a positive and lively atmosphere and hosts numerous festivities, including St. Patrick's Day, Taste of Dublin, and Bloom's Day. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a Guinness in Temple Bar while listening to some traditional music.
Dublin has an international airport located in Swords, 11 kilometers north of the Irish capital. While bus and train transportation are available, walking and cycling are perfect means of transportation within the city center. There are two tram lines connecting Sandyford to Stephen's Green and Tallaght to Connolly Station. Dublin is the European capital with the highest cost of living. For shopping, must-visit locations include Temple Bar, Henry Street, and O'Connell Street.
Suffolk St, Dublin 2, Ireland
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