Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, as well as its largest city and one of the most populated cities in Ireland. Dublin is conveniently located in Leinster, to the eastern coast of Ireland, on the River Liffey. Dublin has a mix of both classic designs and modern designs that translate into a beautiful blend of the city's outlook. With one of the most outstanding cityscapes, Dublin has earned the global city title and is the educational, arts, and industry hub of Ireland. Ancient attraction structures like the Dublin Castle are the main tourist attractors. The iconic castle was built in the thirteenth century and is currently a primary government complex. The majestic Saint Patrick's Cathedral makes another ancient building that dates back to 1191. The Irish heritage and cultural history are preserved within the National Museum, through the exhibitions of the beautiful ancient artwork. More Irish history is found at the Old Jameson Distillery as well as in the Guinness Storehouse. Here, tourists learn the history and development of the famous Irish beer and whiskey brands over the years. The extensive Phoenix Park is home to the Dublin zoo, where visitors can enjoy a bit of the beautiful nature. More of this is made available in the beautiful and scenic landscapes of the Saint Stephen's Green. Dublin is also a renowned host of some of the world's celebrated writers like Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce, among others. Their writings have been produced and acted out in theatres like the Abbey Theater and the Gate Theatre. More, the history of their lives and that of their works are well preserved in the Dublin Writers' Museum. The famously highlighted typescript of the Book of Kells, dating back into the ninth century, can be found exhibited in the Trinity College for the public to view and appreciate. At the famous Temple Bar, Dublin's nightlife can be experienced differently, ranging from relaxation to fantastic music and drinks. The area is also renowned for hosting the Irish Film Institute. The central shopping region in Dublin is Grafton Street. It is mostly a pedestrian street, and anything can be bought here; goods and products, fashion items, and food from dozens of food stalls along the road. Grafton Street is also famous for its buskers, entertaining the public as people carry on with their activities.
The peak tourist period in Dublin is during summer, from June to mid-September. During this time, the weather is warm and pleasant and touring the city is a lot enjoyable. Another great time to visit Dublin is during spring, from March to May, during which Dublin experiences the sensation blooming of flowers that fill the city with fresh, crisp scents. Dublin is also celebrated during autumn, from mid-September to November, when the beauty of the fall drops in o the entire downtown leaving behind a tremendous golden illumination. During winter, from December to February, however, it becomes quite chilly and wet in Dublin and may not be the loveliest time to visit. Dublin celebrates Saint Patrick's Day Festival on the 17th of March. St Patrick is considered the chief patron saint of Ireland, and as such, it is a prominent religious as well as the cultural festival. On the 16th of June, a festival dubbed Bloomsday is held in Dublin, aimed at celebrating, appreciating, and honoring James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" as part of recognizing local talent. From September to October, Dublin celebrates and enjoys modern music, art, and theatre performances at the Theatre Festival.