What to do in Dublin during the exchange holidays?

Studying abroad can be an exciting and educational experience, and Ireland is a popular destination for many exchange students. Specifically in Dublin, the capital, there is a unique mix of history, culture and stunning landscapes.

If you’re about to enjoy your two-month exchange vacation in Ireland, check out our recommendations on what to do in Dublin.

1. Exploring history and culture

A. Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells

Nothing better than starting with a visit to the former Trinity College and its famous library. Here, you will be able to see the Book of Kells, one of the oldest and most artistic in the world, dating back to 800 AD.

B. Dublin Castle

Then explore Dublin Castle. Although it primarily serves as a venue for government events, the castle has a long and varied history well worth discovering.

2. Immerse yourself in the music and nightlife scene

A. Temple Bar

Located in the heart of the city, this neighborhood is famous for its traditional pubs and live music. It’s the perfect spot to try the famous Guinness beer and meet locals and other travellers.

B. Theaters and performance spaces

Dublin has a rich performing arts tradition. Consider seeing a play at the Gaiety or Abbey Theatre. You can be sure you will love it!

3. Gastronomic experiences

A. Temple Bar food market

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Held on Saturdays, this market is a feast for the senses. From fresh produce to ready meals, you can sample delicious Irish cuisine.

B. Traditional Pubs

In addition to beer, pubs like The Brazen Head (the oldest in Ireland) offer traditional Irish food such as Irish Stew. And you cannot fail to experience this delight during your stay here.

4. Outdoor walks

A. Phoenix Park

One of the largest urban parks in Europe, Phoenix Park is an ideal place for walks, picnics and even to see deer that roam freely there. So, already mark this tour in your calendar.

B. National Botanical garden

Just a short bus ride from the city center, the Botanical Garden is a peaceful retreat with impressive flora. This is a unique moment for you to have a deeper contact with nature.

5. Tours by sea and mountains

A. Howth

This charming fishing village is just a short train ride from Dublin. It offers stunning coastal trails, a picturesque harbor and excellent seafood. Worth knowing!

B. Wicklow Mountains

The “Garden of Ireland” offers stunning scenery and walks for all levels of experience. Glendalough, a former monastery located in a valley, is an unmissable stop.

As you can see, from historic sites to stunning natural landscapes, passing through the vibrant music and food scene, Dublin is a city that promises unforgettable memories for exchange students.

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