The city has found a way of combining the historical and the contemporary with great success. One moment you can be enjoying Dublin's grand Norman castle, and the next staring at the Spire of Dublin (the modern ‘Monument of Light' which rises 400 ft. into the sky). Dublin has all the big names for shopping, but it also has trendy independent stores hidden down tiny, winding streets. You can join a cocktail master class or soak up the atmosphere in the bars of Grafton Street and Temple Bar.
Dublin has many more surprises outside its center. Its position on the water means it's a hotspot for sailing and windsurfing, and the surrounding countryside and mountains are an exciting playground for golfers, hikers, and horseback riders looking for tranquillity from the lively streets.