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The population of this area of Dublin is nearly 1,000,000.
There are a small number of places on this planet that are known everywhere, and Dublin is one of them because of sights like Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral. It is also internationally known for Ha' Penny Bridge and the Dublinia.
Leave the grown-up world behind and be transported into a realm of magic at National Aquatic Centre and Clondalkin Leisure Centre. Want more? The National Wax Museum Plus and Saggart Pitch and Putt Course will ensure that the good times keep rolling.
At National Sealife Centre, you and your family can discover the mysteries of the ocean from the safety of dry land.
Your family will have an awesome time checking out the native and exotic animals at the Dublin Zoo. If you can't spare too much time, take a map so you don't miss any of the park's key exhibits.
If you like trying the local brew when you come to a new place, be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse. Find out if there are any tours and learn what it is that makes the beer here so mouthwatering, and then taste the finished product.
Whether you want to practice your poker face or just lose yourself in the lively sights and sounds, the Casino at Marino and the Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club are a must. If you like what those places offer, finish off the night at the Dr. Quirkey's Good Time Emporium or the Sporting Emporium Casino, Dublin.
Collected from far-reaching environs, the flora species at the National Botanic Gardens are quite impressive. The Talbot Botanic Gardens and the Castle Gardens are also worth a look.
On a fine day, pack some lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the area's leafy urban parks, such as the Garden of Remembrance or St. Stephen's Green. You'll also find plenty of space to laze about at Phoenix Park and Peoples Park.
A stop at Waterways Visitor Centre is an useful way of finding some local information.
Listen to the wonderful sound of rippling water as it crashes down into the bubbling pool below at Powerscourt Waterfall.
Skim some stones across the glassy water, try to spot some birds and enjoy a picnic at The Forty Foot.
If you'd like to have a rest from sightseeing, get out and take a walk along the coast at Sandymount Beach. You can also kick back and watch the clouds roll by at Donabate Beach and Dollymount Beach.
Want to get away from the stresses of city life? Make your way over to Dalkey Island and Howth Harbour. Nature-loving travellers will also have a wonderful time at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and St Annes Park.
The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with fascinating tales and achievements. Savour the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the displays at the Dublin Writers Museum and the James Joyce Cultural Centre. The National Leprechaun Museum and Bray Heritage Centre are also worthwhile.
Maritime enthusiasts can stay anchored at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, a haven of significant nautical artifacts. If the tides permit, continue navigating through this region's seafaring history at the National Maritime Institute Museum.
Consider spending an afternoon at the Science Gallery to build your knowledge on scientific breakthroughs and the natural environment.
The natural world is a weird and wonderful place. If you're mad enough to think otherwise, an afternoon spent at the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology ought to be enough to change your mind. The captivating specimens and curiosities of the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History are equally worth taking the time to see.
Deepen your knowledge of art, and maybe even pick up something to take back home with you at one of the area's many gallery spaces. Soak up the trendy atmosphere at the National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. If you can fit them in, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art and the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art are also well worth a look.
Eager historians can immerse themselves in the past at the Dalkey Heritage Centre and the Pearse Museum. The Little Museum of Dublin and the Dvblinia & the Viking World are also worthy options.
Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the War Memorial Gardens or the Trinity College, just two of the historical sites here. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at Four Courts and Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum.
Observe the waters flowing underneath O'Connell Bridge, a remarkable feat of civil engineering.
After spending an afternoon at Malahide Castle or Clontarf Castle, you'll feel like you're back in the days of knights in shining armour! For even more picturesque sights and historical stories, go forth and explore Ardgillan Castle and Drimnagh Castle.
The spiritual side of the area is on display at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Michan's Church. St. Audeon's Church and John's Lane Augustinian Church are two more recommended holy places.
Dublin's most popular sights sometimes overshadow its less visited, yet equally fascinating attractions. The Leopardstown Racecourse and Clara Lara Fun Park might be just what you're after. If you have the time, also check out River Dodder and the Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre.
To get the most out of your time in the capital, consider securing a room at any of the 314 Dublin lodgings featured on Expedia's easy-to-use database.
Your Base Apartments Dublin at Forbes Street, and The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel, at 27 St. Stephen's Green North are two excellent examples of the higher-end hotels in Dublin. If those don't exactly meet your needs, be sure to check out the Abbott Lodge, at 88 Lower Gardiner Street, and the Portobello Hotel, at 33 South Richmond St, two places where you'll be sure to find a bargain.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of National Show Centre, Croke Park and Malahide Castle. Dublin Port and Phoenix Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Phoenix Park and Trinity College are also within 6 miles (10 km). Dublin Pearse Street Station is 25 minutes by foot and Dublin Tara Street Station is 25 minutes.
Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Croke Park and Dublin Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin Castle and Croke Park. Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of O'Connell Street, Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre. Dublin Writers Museum and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Parnell Square and Dublin Writers Museum. Croke Park and Dublin Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).