If you’re considering coming to Dublin for an exchange semester or just for a few days, there are plenty of things to do. The video below is a compilation of different clips from different places that I have been able to visit during my exchange semester here in Dublin. Even if you’ve been living in Dublin for a while, there might be some places that you’ve never visited and this could give you some ideas for the weekend. People tend to travel abroad and forget about all the things worth seeing at home.
Places featured in the video are:
Samuel Beckett Bridge– The bridge opened on the 10th of december in 2009. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and his inspiration for it was an Irish harp rotating through the air. You can take a nice walk along the river from the City Centre all the way out to the Samuel Beckett Bridge.
Trinity College Dublin– Trinity College was established in 1592 and is today ranked at 88th place in the top 100 universities in the world. The courtyard surrounded by historical buildings, is open to everyone and you can visit the Book of Kells exhibition and the old library in The Long Room.
Grafton Street– This is the main shopping street on the Southside of Dublin. There are plenty of places to shop and eat and there’s usually someone busking/entertaining the general public.
Dublin Zoo– You’ll find the Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park and it’s the largest one in the country. It opened in 1831 and is a registered charity. You have the opportunity to see around 400 animals there.
Ha’penny Bridge– This historical bridge was built in 1816 over the River Liffey as a toll bridge. The reason that it originally was a toll bridge, was to match the ferry charges from before it was built. It’s official name is The Liffey Bridge, but people call it the Ha’penny Bridge.
Howth-Just 30 minutes on the train from the city centre will take you out to Howth. This is a village and an outer suburb of Dublin by the sea. There’s a little food market, a harbour and beautiful cliff walk that leads you to the Baily Lighthouse.
Temple Bar– This is a lively area lined with cobble streets and filled with bars and little shops. It can be very touristy, but it’s worth a visit.
Dublin Castle– The castle was built in the early thirteenth century upon a viking settlement. You can view it from the outside for free or pay to take a tour of the inside.
Tivoli Car Park– This is a hidden gem for those of you who like street art. The small car park is covered in all sorts of street art, and the murals change from time to time.
Poolbeg Lighthouse– If you’re up for a good walk or if you have a car, this is a nice trip. If you keep on going past the Samuel Beckett Bridge for quite some time, you will arrive at a beach, followed by the Poolbeg Lighthouse that was built in 1768. The view from here is great.
Phoenix Park– This huge park started off as a royal hunting park in the 1660s, but opened up to the general public in 1747. Within the park you will find a large herd of deer, Dublin Zoo, The Zoological Gardens, The Victorian Gardens, etc. It’s also possible to rent a bike in order to get around the park.
Harcourt Street– By day this street is the home to many hotels and some luxurious cafes and restaurants. Then by night it’s the home to a lot of Dublin’s most popular nightclubs.
St. Stephens Green shopping centre and Dundrum shopping centre were also featured in the video. In order to get to the Dundrum shopping centre, you can take the Luas and at the moment you can also go to an ice skating rink outside the main building. It will be there up until January.
Have you been to any of these places? If not, would you like to?