Ireland is truly a hidden gem. The island republic boasts beautiful cliff walks and hikes while its capital is a hub for unique nightlife and shopping. Read more for suggestions on what to do both in Dublin and the country as a whole. Note that many city sights have well-discounted prices for student tickets!

Walk. Everywhere. Dublin has multiple public transportation options as well as its own rideshare app (myTaxi), but the best way to explore the city is by walking. You’ll be surprised how many picture-esque side streets, coffee shops, and restaurants you can find when by foot. If you’re looking to avoid the franchised coffee chains, check out Network Cafe on Aungier Street for the best cappuccino. Experience high-tea at the Queen of Tarts.

Pub crawl: The concept of a pub is the essence of Dublin culture. The Temple Bar neighborhood, albeit a “tourist trap,” has plenty of excellent spots along the cobblestone streets. Start your night with delicious Irish bar-food for dinner and then walk from pub to pub for relatively affordable drinks and live music.

Take a day trip, or two: Although it is a walkable city, one can probably see most of Dublin in three days. Other cities worth visiting, all within a two-to-three hour bus or train ride, include Belfast, Galway, and Cork. Irish tourist agencies also offer organized day trips to the country’s natural beauties, such as the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway. One of the most beautiful places, the picturesque seaside town Howth, is only a 30 minute train ride from Dublin city center.

Nightlife: For those looking to go out, nightlife in Dublin is typically every night. Live music at bars goes on late in the night, but if you’re looking for nightclubs cross over the River Liffey into the Dublin 1 district. For younger college students, The Academy and The Grand Social have multiple floors and excellent DJs. One can order drinks in the club for around five euros, which is cheaper in comparison to Boston clubs, for example.

Cultural sightseeing: In additional to all the nighttime fun, Dublin possesses many worthy cultural sights that tell of the country’s unique history. Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the National Gallery are all within five minute walks from one another. Learn about the history of the Irish rebellion against the United Kingdom via a tour of the former prison, the Kilmainham Gaol, for only four euros. After you’re done, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is right across the street.  

Happy Travelers!


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