Dublin is a city with a rich literary and cultural heritage.
It is a European capital with a village atmosphere, whose calmness and serenity allow for serious study, while at the same time offering world-class amenities, such as a modern international airport.
Dublin’s famous cafes, parks and canal banks have inspired generations of musicians and writers such as James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw (all winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature) and musicians such as Thin Lizzy, Bob Geldof, U2, The Cranberries, Enya and Westlife. On every night of the week the city is alive with music in bars, concert halls and on the street. The annual theatre festival is a highlight of the city’s calendar, and comedy, dance and exhibitions complete Dublin’s rich cultural tapestry.
As you would expect of a cosmopolitan capital city which is home to major multi-national companies, there is an array of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. Alongside local and national restaurants, there are many eateries offering a range of international cuisine from Europe, Asia and elsewhere, making it easy for international students to find familiar treats from their home countries. Dublin is also the gateway to the rest of Ireland, which can easily be explored at the weekends and on vacations. Ireland’s unrivalled countryside with its ’40 shades of green’, cities, small market towns and villages can all be reached very easily by public transport.
Top Attractions on Dublin’s Doorstep
Dublin and its surrounds is home to a vast range of historical and cultural attractions. Here’s just a few…
Dublin’s number 1 visitor attraction is the home of Guinness. Located in the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, this production site has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years. The Storehouse was once the fermentation plant of the brewery and is now a seven-storey visitor experience dedicated to the history of the making of this world famous beer.
Books of Kells
The Book of Kells is the centrepiece of an exhibition which attracts over 500,000 visitors to Trinity College in Dublin City each year. Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains a richly decorated copy of the four gospels in a latin text, based on the Vulgate edition (completed by St. Jerome in 384 AD).
Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera. A tour gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed.
St. Stephens Green
Ireland’s best known Victorian public park. Re-opened by Lord Ardilaun in 1880 for the citizens of Dublin. This 9 hectare / 22 acre park has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting, spectacular spring and summer Victorian bedding.
Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries.
Newgrange is the best known Irish passage tomb and dates to c.3,200BC. The large mound is approximately 80m in diameter and is surrounded at its base by a kerb of 97 stones. The most impressive of these stones is the highly decorated Entrance Stone.