Places to visit in Dublin as an Erasmus Student

Emma Whittaker

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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.

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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.

Samuel Beckett Bridge- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Samuel Beckett Bridge- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

Trinity College DublinTrinity 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.

The Long Room- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
The Long Room- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Grafton Street- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Grafton Street- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Dublin Zoo- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Dublin Zoo- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Ha'penny Bridge- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Ha’penny Bridge- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Howth- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Howth- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

Temple BarThis 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.

Temple Bar- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Temple Bar- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

Dublin CastleThe 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.

Dublin Castle- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Dublin Castle- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

Tivoli Car ParkThis 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.

Tivoli Car Park- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Tivoli Car Park- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Poolbeg Lighthouse- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Poolbeg Lighthouse- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Phoenix Park- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Phoenix Park- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Harcourt Street- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Harcourt Street- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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.

Dundrum Shopping Centre- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Dundrum Shopping Centre- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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Have you been to any of these places? If not, would you like to?

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Emma Whittaker

  • Marita Solheim

    Great video and a really good description of each place! I still have something to see 🙂

    • Emma Whittaker

      Thank you! Yes, there is so much to see here 🙂

  • Sunniva Batalden

    Excellent travel video!