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Dublin, Ireland

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Home to the Book of Kells, biting humor, the statue of Molly Malone, Guinness and moments of disarming charm, Dublin is a city with the finest Georgian architecture and great fun with a lot of things to do. Dublin is a city of literature and offers a number of literary pubs to enjoy and is one of just five Unesco "Cities of Literature" in the world. Many of the works of Joyce, Stoker and Yeats are on display at the National Library. The 11th-century Christ Church Cathedral, the National Museum, the Little Museum of Dublin and the Dublin Writers Museum are all worthy of a visit.

The museums and galleries in Dublin harbor priceless treasures and you can visit them for free. The Book of Kells, a lavishly illustrated manuscript of the Gospels dates from the 9th century and is a marvel of Early Christian art by the monks’ steady hands and is on display at Trinity College.

You might want to take part in The Dublin Literary Crawl, an actor-led tour of Dublin’s literary legacy. The Temple Bar area houses a hotbed of art-house cinemas, galleries, music and theatres. The 90 minute cruise around Dublin Bay will provide you with a unique perspective of the city. A guided tour of St Patrick's Cathedral is a "must see" as well as a visit to Kilmainham Gaol where you can experience a documented history of Ireland’s journey towards becoming a republic. Its chilling exhibition and guided tours paint a vivid picture of lives of the political and lay prisoners who lived within its stone walls.

A ride on the suburban Dart train north to Howth or south to the coastal villages of Blackrock, Monkstown, Dun Laoghaire, Glasthule, Dalkey and Killiney, is where you can find some of the city’s best seafood, waterfront festivals and sandy beaches.

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