The City of Dublin can trace its origins back over 1,000 years. From a small Viking settlement Dublin has evolved into one of the most vibrant capitals in the world. A city rich in cultural heritage, by walking the streets of Dublin you will see the many reminders from our past, from the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells dating from 800 AD, to our splendid Georgian architecture, magnificent medieval castles and fine cathedrals. While Dublin is renowned for its architecture, art, nightlife and culture there are many other sights and sounds to behold throughout the city and county. Take your choice of shops from Grafton Street to Temple Bar and across the Liffey to the hustle and bustle of Moore Street. Explore Dublin Bay, visit museums and galleries or join a traditional music session in one of Dublin’s famous pubs. Dublin’s numerous parks and gardens cover 2,000 hectares of green space range from the historic Phoenix Park, to nature reserves, Georgian Squares and sports grounds including Croke Park. Dublin has long been a centre of art and culture. Apart from the large collections of the National Museum and National Gallery and Irish Museum of Modern Art, the city also boasts many fine small private collections.