Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is well-known for its friendly people, city scenery, and, of course, being the home of the world-famous Guinness brewery. But the city has so much more to offer! It has become a popular destination for people from all over the world, thanks to its many attractions, with many students also choosing the capital for their university studies.
Four of Ireland’s eight leading universities call Dublin their home, including TrinityCollege Dublin and University College Dublin. For the students flocking to these unis, there is a massive variety of attractions, nightlife, and history to keep them occupied throughout their studies.
Dublin’s (and Ireland’s) most famous and oldest university, Trinity College, is packed full of history, making it a must-see for both students and visitors alike. Since its establishment by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, the university has had many famous students, including Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde! The history of the campus makes it an attraction for all.
Dublin is a city on the water, with the River Liffey and two canals running through the heart of the city, and the outskirts reaching all the way to the Irish sea. The city’s waterfront on the River Liffey is lined with picturesque cafes, pubs, restaurants, and bars which accommodate every kind of visitor to this bustling city. Take a stroll down the touristy, but fun, Temple Bar for a city pub crawl close to the River. The city and the country’s history are physically on display in Dublin’s many museums and galleries, including the National Museum of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland. Get inspired with a walk through Francis Bacon’s reconstructed studio at The Hugh Lane, or the contemporary Kerlin Gallery.
Although Dublin is very much a developed and bustling metropolis, native and honorary Dubliners don’t have to go too far for a taste of nature. The city’s largest green space, Phoenix Park is labeled ‘Dublin’s playground’ and covers over seven square kilometers. On a good day, visitors may see herds of deer travelling through the park. But, if you prefer to be guaranteed a glimpse of the animals, Dublin Zoo can also be found perched on the edge of the vast park.
With all its many attractions, culture, and history, Dublin really is an amazing place to call home – even if just temporarily.