Things to do in Dublin

Popular student areas in Dublin

The most popular areas with students are all located in Dublin’s thriving city center. It also plays home to Trinity College, which is yet another draw for student accommodation in Dublin in the city center. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping.

Sightseeing in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse

It’s not only the city’s number one tourist attraction, but it’s usually one of the first places that students studying abroad visit, that doesn’t necessarily have to do with their education. The Guinness Storehouse has been around since 1759, housed in a giant seven-story building, which was once a plant for fermenting Guinness®. Today, the building is shaped just like a giant pint of Guinness®. When you visit, you learn all about the history of Dublin’s favorite beer and also receive a free pint to try!

Dublin Zoo

If you want to spend a day with the animals, the Dublin Zoo offers the opportunity to get close to exotic animals. You can see the African Savannah, the Kaziranga Forest and a herd of Asian elephants. Plus, it’s right inside Phoenix Park, where you can spend the rest of the day enjoying Europe’s largest park, after you come face-to-face with zebras, giraffes, bats, tigers, hippos, monkeys and many more exciting animals.

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is right on Kildare Street and close to campus, making it easy to be instantly transported back in time. You can see Medieval and Celtic art, gaze at prehistoric gold artifacts and see what life was like for the Vikings in Ireland. Best of all, admission is free, so you can visit as often as you’d like and still stay within your entertainment budget.

What to eat in Dublin?

The Irish diet has a few staple foods, including grains, potatoes and dairy products.

Some of the most popular Irish dishes on the menu typically include Shepherd's Pie (made with meat, vegetables and topped off with mashed potatoes), Irish Stew (made either with mutton, lamb or goat meat), Boxty (pancakes made with potatoes), Colcannon (mashed potatoes with either kale or cabbage) and Coddle (sausage, bacon and potatoes).

Nightlife in Dublin

Dublin is known all over the world for its abundant nightlife offerings, with a ratio of pubs to each person that you are unlikely to see in many other destinations. In Ireland, the drinking age is 18, so be prepared to show your I.D.

Dublin is also famous for its live music, so you can find your drinking spot for the night by finding out which pubs are offering your favorite genre of music. The music scene in Dublin is incredibly diverse, so there’s alway something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Most pubs and bars close at around 02:30, but you may find some that offer later hours. You may have heard about the pubs that close their doors and keep serving drinks way past the last call, and it may be possible to find yourself in the right pub on the right night during your time in Dublin.

Late bars

Late Bars are not exactly pubs or nightclubs, but a mix of something in between. Due to the licensing laws, Late Bars serve drinks late, as the name implies, and also have dancefloors. They also don’t charge entrance fees before a certain time.

Events and festivals in Dublin

St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

The legend of this world-wide event dates back to the day that a Welshman ran all of the snakes out of Ireland, but what a celebration it has become! In Dublin, you’ll find a five-day festival that includes exhibitions, concerts, fireworks, street theatre and some of the biggest parties of the year. If you’re going to a pub, get there early, because many fill up before late evening.

Dublin Theatre Festival

Founded in 1957, this showcase for both Irish and world theatre performances attracts attendees from all over Europe. You’ll not only see local emerging talent, but international acts will also grace the stage. There’s also usually a special theme, as well as festival activities and delicious regional food.


This gigantic festival promotes gay pride for an entire week filled with revelry. You’ll find a gay céilídh, workshops, drag contests, readings and fun-filled themes at the local gay-friendly nightclubs. The highlight of the event is the Pride march itself, which begins at the Garden of Remembrance and on to the amphitheater beside the Civic Offices.

Gaelic Games

These games are unique to Ireland but are attended by visitors from all over. The two primary men’s games include hurling and football, under the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The two primary women’s games include football, under the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and camogie (quite like hurling), under The Camogie Association. The GAA began in 1884, and today, it is the largest sporting organization in Ireland. Its headquarters is in Croke Park, the largest stadium in Ireland.

Gaelic football is a bit different, in that players can carry the ball in their hands, or it can be kicked or passed by hand. After four steps, the player is required to bounce the ball, or drop it onto their foot and kick it back into their hand Plus, you can’t bounce the ball two times in a row. Did you get all that?

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