The smallest county in Ireland, County Dublin is also home to a third of the county's population, primarily because of the port city of Dublin. With a population of more than 1.2 million, Dublin is a vibrant capital city, bustling with pubs, history and culture. Dublin boasts the likes of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett as its native sons. There are trendy cafes and nightclubs in the famous Temple Bar as well the more traditional clubs, where you can drink authentic Guinness and Irish whiskey while listening to traditional Irish music. There are theaters, concerts and festivals as well as the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, located in the heart of the city's shopping district. Other popular attractions include the Ardgillan Victoria Garden at Ardgillan Demesne and Malahide Castle.
The county is also great for golf and home to more than 60 courses. One of the county's most famous courses is Portmarnock, located only 10 miles from Dublin's city center and surrounded by the sea. Other great options in County Dublin include Balbriggan Golf Club, Castle Golf Club Limited, City West Hotel & Golf Club, The Island Golf Club and Royal Dublin Golf Club.