A country on its own, Howth is located in the peninsula of Howth Head, which begins around 13 kilometres east-north-east of Dublin on the northside of Dublin Bay. Simple but at the same time beautiful is how one could perfectly describe this majestic place. With waves coming at you with full gush from the oceans while walking Howth Cliff Path Loop, to trekking in the hills, this place has everything.
Being situated in the outer suburbs of Dublin in Ireland, population and technology are at their lowest. Famous for their seafood, cod and ray are commonly caught here as fishing trawlers weave in and out of the harbour. Dubbed as an “angler’s dream”, the scenic hills, extraordinary varieties of seafood, are all features that take us back to the Viking age. A day to explore Howth might seem enough at first but comes up short at the time of leaving this place behind.
The Phoenix Park is one of the largest public parks in any capital city in Europe, lying a few kilometres west of the city centre. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 17th century and opened its doors to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer can still be spotted in the depths of the park to this day.
Home to the Dublin Zoo, which houses more than 700 animals and tropical birds from around the world, Phoenix Park is one of the city’s main attractions. Be it morning walks, cycling or even playing a sport, there is enough and more space to house every citizen in the city inside the park. The fact that it is open 24/7, makes it easy for anyone and everyone to visit whenever they desire to. The park is also home to various monuments like the Wellington monument commemorating the victories of the Duke of Wellington. Cycle rentals are also available here on both ends of the park for tourists and citizens to use to explore the park. Overall, it should be on one’s checklist when visiting Dublin.
Years on end, people have been drawn to “the valley of the two lakes” (Upper Lake and Lower Lake) for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. A glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland, Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. In the middle ages in Ireland, those who lived in Glendalough were considered “citizens of heaven,” and it was known as both a healing sanctuary and a learning centre.
A short 1:30 hour drive from Dublin, Glendalough, home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, is a place you must visit on the weekend with your host brother and his friends or with your fellow exchange students and their hosts. Surrounded by mountains and beautiful lakes, you could just spend hours walking around the place and enjoying the lovely atmosphere and scenery.
Promoted as Dublin’s cultural quarter and as the center of Dublin city’s nightlife, Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of River Liffey in central Dublin. From the moment you walk into any of the pubs in the Temple Bar area or when the doors open, you can hear the traditional Irish music playing live inside. Full of funky shops, eclectic cafes and tourists from around the world, it is one of the most popular destinations in this city with its fabulous energy and party vibes.
Temple Bar sets a great atmosphere with its cobblestone valleys and street musicians. Temple Bar Pub, one of the most famous pubs in Dublin, is located here. It is known for the fact that it offers 450 different kinds of rare whiskies (Ireland’s largest collection). Further, this region is the home of the Irish Stock Exchange, the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Photography Centre and the Button Factory, showing that there is a lot to do in the Temple Bar area besides clubbing.
St. Stephen's Green
Adjacent to one of Dublin’s main shopping streets, Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green is a 22-acre garden square and public park located in the heart of the city. It hosts a wide range of sculptures that are important and resonate with Irish history. The architectural beauty of the figurines is remarkable given the age of the figurines.
The green provides an oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling city. Spanning the length of the park is a beautiful lake, home to ducks and waterfowl among other notable birds. With over 750 trees and colourful blooming flowers, people often lay down on the grass for some much-needed rest or have picnics on the weekends. During the summer months, hundreds of people gather in the park at lunchtime to listen to beautiful concerts by various local musicians. One of the most distinguishing factors about this park is its sensory garden for the visually impaired, full of aromatic shrubs and plants and signs in Braille, a form of written language for the blind.
Founded by Queen Elizabeth 1 as “the mother of a university”, Trinity College is considered one of Europe’s elite universities. Acclaimed in the fields of Law, Literature, and Humanities, the college is Ireland’s oldest surviving university. An institution of remarkable architecture and education, Trinity college blends history and life perfectly. The Library of the college is home to nearly 7 million printed volumes and a significant number of rare manuscripts, including the famous Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin that contains four Gospels of the New Testament.
The campus is extremely lively with students and tourists filling the streets inside, admiring its architectural superiority or standing in line in order to see the Book of Kells. If you want to explore the Book of Kells and Old Library, an amazing science gallery, biological/animal gallery, do a photo tour, or relax on the bench - this is a perfect spot for you.
Other Notable Places to Visit:
Molly Malone Statue
Ha Penny Bridge
The Little Museum of Dublin
National Gallery of Ireland
General Post Office
Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)
St Patrick’s Cathedral