College students spend a lot of time and money to be in college. Why not make the studying experience more exciting? Studying abroad can be the perfect outlet for those looking for more out of their college experience. The endless sights and new knowledge will be stamped in your memory. Each day is packed from morning until late evening with lessons in some of the most scenic places. Here is a list of 5 must-know tips for studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland.
Visit The Guinness Storehouse
It can be difficult to not look like a tourist when traveling to a new country. Sometimes, you just have to embrace this look. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. This is kind of a necessity for studying abroad in Dublin, considering the brewing history begins in Ireland. You don’t have to be a big drinker to enjoy the sights and smells inside the Guinness Storehouse. However, it does help if you love beer. There are 7 floors worth checking out. And of course, they have everything beer related, from free sample tastings to a “pint of perfection” at the Gravity Bar at the top.
Walk the Streets at Night
There’s just something about walking in a foreign city at night. Especially, when those streets lead to smaller cobblestone streets and unique shops where everyone is still buzzing through. The party, dining, drinking, and shopping doesn’t seem to end for the Irish. The Temple Bar is something both tourists and locals can enjoy. Stop in a shop and order a Cornish Pasty (or Pastie) to take with you as you continue on exploring what you didn’t have time to see during the day.
Explore the Cliffs of Moher
Ireland is full of history and tales. The Blarney Stone and the Famine Ship in Dublin are just two examples. The majority of us are familiar with the Irish tale of leprechauns. However, there are also legendary places that look like they’re straight out of the pages of a fairytale book. Fantasy TV drama, Game of Thrones, knows a thing or two about filming on some of these mythical lands. The Cliffs of Moher are breathtaking. They’re definitely worth walking a trail for a miraculous sea cliff view. Make sure to go on a clear, sunny day to truly see the beauty.
Tour Kilmainham Gaol
It’s important to learn the history of the place you’re traveling to. Often times, this can be more exciting than simply hearing about it in a lecture hall. The opening and closing of the Gaol happened alongside the making and breaking of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Take a guided tour throughout Kilmainham Gaol to immerse yourself in Irish history.
Visit a Castle
Your fairy tale of a trip is not over until you visit at least one castle. Dublin has plenty of castles to see. Each one has its own unique qualities. Not to mention, the history of battles still living inside the walls. Depending on where exactly you’re studying abroad in Ireland, there should be a castle fairly close. The Dublin Castle was the seat of the British government in Ireland until the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922.