Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, is a cosmopolitan, bustling city, which literally buzzes with energy and excitement. However, the great thing about Dublin is that if you fancy something quieter, half an hour's drive outside the city centre will take you to mountain walks, stately homes and gardens and fishing villages. The city is a great center for culture and you'll be spoiled for choice with all the fine museums, art galleries and theatres. Dublin is also home to a great literary tradition: its native sons
include Shaw, Yeats, Wilde and Beckett. You can't talk about Dublin without mentioning the architecture; walking around the city you'll see everything from medieval and Georgian architecture to more modern buildings. If you are looking for a gastronomic experience, Dublin boasts a vast array of restaurants serving haute cuisine to traditional pub grub menus.