Originally built in the 13th century on a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle has worn many faces including military fortress, prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of British power in Ireland for 700 years.
Packed with attractions and entertainment, the cobbled streets of Temple Bar have a mixture of great venues.
From traditional pubs like the Brazen Head to theatres and restaurants, this area has earned its reputation as the cultural quarter of Dublin.
One of the easiest ways to explore Dublin is on two wheels.
There are 40 public bike stations around the city with 450 bikes available for public use.
Since the mid-1990s Swords has seen improvements in shop fronts, public buildings and footpaths and the restoration of Swords Castle.