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One of the reasons you probably chose to study abroad was to travel, right?! Many students try and tick off as many countries as possible during their time in Dublin, while others choose to explore the city in-depth and stay local. Just remember you may have classes or your internship Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5:00 pm so please don't make travel plans until you after you arrive in Dublin. There are many amazing world heritage sites, museums, theatres, and places of natural beauty you can see without ever leaving Dublin or Ireland! 


You’ve chosen to study abroad in Dublin, so don’t forget to see as much of the city as you can! Explore the history and art of our National Museums (most of which are free to visit), the traditional culture of Temple Bar, and the wild deer in Phoenix Park. This video guide from Visit London and this Dublin Bucket List by The Independent are a great introduction to the city’s popular hotspots. 


  • Belfast - The capital city of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast is a hub for culture, arts, and nightlife
  • Cork – A university city located on Ireland’s Southwest coast, home to the infamous Blarney Stone.
  • Donegal – Known worldwide for it’s surfing opportunities and glorious coastline, it is a beautiful county to visit for a weekend 
  • Galway – Galway sits on the West Coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. Home to a vibrant night life and traditional Irish music, arts and crafts
  • Kerry – Visit the popular Ring of Kerry and rive around the scenic Iveragh Peninsula
  • Wicklow – A short drive from Dublin, Wicklow is home to the breath-taking natural attraction that is Glendalough, and Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens. The area is known for it’s mountains, popular with hikers, and it’s country estates. 

Check out our range of travel books in the FIE Office in Block D - you’re welcome to borrow them to help plan your travels!


  • Countries you know, places you might not – check out Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 Guide
  • WSA Travel have some great deals on Weekend City Breaks and advice on how to travel safely on a budget and get off the beaten path!


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