With a mishmash of architecture, sprawling parks and the most charmingly sociable inhabitants, Dublin is the beating heart of Ireland. Whether you're consuming some black gold (read: Guinness) down at the Gravediggers, or a lower-key brew at the Tea Room, Dublin will wet your whistle. From the vibrant Temple Bar to window-shopping on Grafton Street, you can soak up the buzz without it costing a pot of gold.
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Sitting pretty for over 400 years, Ireland's oldest university is a must-see on a Dublin vacation. Literary giants like Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Jonathon Swift all studied and played here. With an impressive stone facade and charming tree-lined courtyards, you can wander around the grounds for free, or take a guided tour for under $20.
For brisk sea air, exhilarating cliff walks and harbor-front bustle, Howth Harbour is the place. Sit by the water and spot passing seals, enjoy a cup of tea as the ferries float into the distance, or gaze from atop the surrounding cliffs at the staggering scenery.
Phoenix Park is a top-notch, low-cost place to spend the day on your Dublin travels. Stroll past the swanky residences of everyone from the Irish President to the US Ambassador, or just watch the deer frolic by.
Popular with tourists and bright young locals alike, Temple Bar is full of action from dawn to dusk. Go pub-hopping down the cobbled streets, or take an Irish-music pub tour. Stretch your budget for a drink at the Clarence -- it's owned by U2's Bono and The Edge, and the pair can often be spotted there.
Occupied since the 13th century, Dublin Castle is one of the most renowned historical sites to visit on your Dublin travels. Wander through the structure that has served as a fortification, a house of parliament and even the home to royalty. It's got a bloody history, but luckily the only danger these days is someone walking in front of your camera and ruining your photo.
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