Dublin is the Irish capital and a vibrant and colourful city. A historically rich and culturally diverse city Dublin has many different areas to enjoy exploring whilst studying here.
It has become a more multicultural and cosmopolitan place in the past several decades. The city of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde is steeped in culture and retains traditions at its heart. If literature’s your thing, you should head for the National Library of Ireland and the Dublin Writers’ Museum to discover Ireland’s rich literary heritage.
Dublin Castle is an absolute must-see first of all. The seat of government for generations, it contains two museums, two gardens and the State Apartment. The gardens are free to the public, though you need to buy tickets for the State Apartments. In addition the castle also contains government buildings.
Maybe if you’re on a student budget, there’s plenty of culture available without spending any money. There are walking tours of the city which take in many of the historic sites. Even just a stroll along O’Connell Street will reveal sculptures, fountains and the Spire of Dublin, the world’s tallest sculpture. The city is full of churches and cathedrals – notably Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saint Francis Xavier’s Church - and you won’t want to miss the iconic 19th century Ha’penny Bridge – perfect for that picture- consequently the perfect Instagram shot.
Don’t forget to visit the three museums making up the National Museum of Ireland, covering archaeology, natural history, decorative arts and finally history. If you’re not already studying at Trinity College you must check out its impressive architecture as well as its library.
Hence, much of Dublin’s cultural life can be found in the streets and bars, which are buzzing with live music and dancing. Any excuse for a party!