Dublin is one of the most popular travel destinations for international students. It’s a fun and lively city with plenty to do and see. Here are 11 things that will make your student group trip to Dublin memorable!
1. Trinity College: The Old Library
Trinity College is one of the most beautiful campuses in Ireland. It’s also home to one of the biggest and most beautiful libraries in Ireland. The Old Library, as it’s called, is a must-see for any student or tourist visiting Dublin: you’ll get your fill of amazing architecture and history here.
This library serves as an excellent place to study—and even if you don’t want to study here, there’s plenty more reasons why this spot is so great!
2. The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland is located on Merrion Square, which is just south of St. Stephen’s Green in the city center. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm daily, and admission is free. There are over 8,000 works of art spanning 5 centuries in its collection—this includes paintings by some famous artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Constable—as well as sculpture and decorative arts like furniture and pottery.
The National Gallery also has a museum shop selling books on art history along with postcards, posters and prints for purchase (the gift shop sells larger items like jewelry). You can enjoy a bite to eat or drink at the cafe within the museum before heading off for more sightseeing around Dublin!
The gallery houses both permanent collections (which change every year) as well as temporary exhibitions that may be closed during certain months due to renovations; check out their website if you want more details about these changes ahead of time because they might impact your plans while visiting Dublin!
3. The National Wax Museum
The National Wax Museum is located at 10 Wellington Quay in the city center. It’s open all year round, with hours from 9:30am to 5:30pm on weekdays and from 10am to 5:30pm on weekends (closed Mondays). Admission is €13 for adults and €12 for students.
The museum has plenty of interactive exhibits that provide great photo opportunities, so you’ll want to be sure that students are dressed appropriately. This includes closed-toe shoes or sneakers—no open-toed shoes allowed! They also require that everyone wear shirts without offensive language or graphics, as well as other clothing deemed inappropriate by the management (like tank tops).
If you’re planning a visit with a group larger than six people, you may want to contact the museum in advance so they can help ensure there will be enough staff present during your visit. The maximum number of visitors allowed per tour is eight; most groups should be able to fit comfortably into one tour group if they stick together during their visit.
4. Chester Beatty Library
Located on Kildare Street in Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library was founded by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and his wife Lady Evelyn Beatty.
The collection contains over 50,000 manuscripts and 250,000 printed books. It also houses a research institute for the study of history of book arts and printing. The library is open to the public and admission is free of charge.
5. National Leprechaun Museum
The National Leprechaun Museum is a great way to learn about the history of leprechauns and their connection with Ireland. The museum is located in Dublin, so it’s easy to get there from most hotels in the city. It’s open all year round, making it suitable for any time of year.
The museum is also suitable for all ages, which means you don’t have to worry about keeping your little ones entertained while you’re exploring! This makes it perfect for families visiting Dublin together on vacation!
6. Book of Kells
One of the best things you can do with your student group in Dublin is to visit the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a manuscript that was written by monks at a monastery on the island of Iona, Scotland around 800 AD. It was taken to Ireland and then later moved to Trinity College in Dublin where it can now be seen by visitors.
The book contains some amazing illustrations, but because they were created using only natural materials such as animal skins and ochre, many of the drawings have faded over time. The colors are still beautiful though and it’s fun to see what kinds of images people came up with way back when!
7. Temple Bar
Temple Bar is a district in Dublin city center between Dame Street and George’s Street that is popular with tourists. It’s famous for its nightlife, pubs and restaurants.
It’s also a great shopping area with many shops and boutiques to explore, including the famous Temple Bar Gallery & Studios which hosts regular exhibitions by local artists.
8. Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)
Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) is a former prison in Kilmainham, south Dublin, Ireland. It was built between 1796 and 1824, closed in 1924 and now houses a museum run by the Office of Public Works. The gaol is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin.
The museum tells the story of Irish nationalism and contains exhibits on penal transportation to Australia and on executions at Kilmainham Gaol including those involving Robert Emmet.
The highlight for many visitors is the guided tour of this historic building which was once home to political prisoners such as Michael Collins and other members who were involved in the Easter Rising against British rule in 1916.
9. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction and a major historical site. The castle was once the seat of British rule in Ireland, but today it stands as a symbol of native Irish nationalism. Visitors can tour the grounds and see where the Irish Parliament met before independence, or they can attend concerts or other events held at this popular venue.
You can also tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral (a Gothic-style church built by French monks in 1190), take some time to explore Dublin’s oldest street, browse through any number of shops along Grafton Street (the city’s bustling pedestrian mall), or simply relax at one of Dublin’s many pubs!
10. Phoenix Park and the Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo is another great place to visit, especially if you are looking for fun things to do in Dublin with friends. The zoo has over 700 animals, including giraffes, penguins and lions. It’s also home to the world-famous penguin parade which takes place every day at 2pm during July and August.
If you want to see it first-hand then go straight there when you arrive at the park but if not then any of the other attractions in this article will be just as enjoyable!
11. Jameson Distillery Bow St. Experience and Sampling Tour
For many students, Guinness is the quintessential Irish drink. But you should also make sure to sample whiskey while you’re here in Dublin. Jameson is the world’s most awarded Irish whiskey and it’s made right here in Bow St.
This distillery is a short walk from Temple Bar, Trinity College and other popular tourist areas of Dublin. If you want more than just a tour, they offer tasting experiences that include free samples of Jameson products at the end of your visit!
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There are so many things to do in Dublin that it can be difficult to choose what to do. The focus of this blog post is on the best things for student groups, but there are plenty of other options available!