Make the most of your time abroad by exploring all the country has to offer.
Studying abroad provides the incredible opportunity to explore a new country and culture. We encourage our students to take advantage of this opportunity in every way. Thanks to great transportation across Ireland, it is easy for students to explore beyond Dublin.
Great sights surround Dublin
A great place to start is with a scenic walk through Dublin Mountains Way. A quick bus trip south from campus leads to over 40 kilometres of country trails. There are hikes available for all levels of difficulty, each leading to impressive views overlooking Dublin and the bay.
For a coastal day out, take the iconic DART rail line north or south of Dublin. The DART hugs the Ireland coastline, providing spectacular views and easy access to other cities.
Heading north on the DART you can go to Howth, an old fishing village and the northern boundary of Dublin Bay. While in Howth check out Howth Market, known for its artisan Irish crafts and jewellery. Or, heading south on the DART you can go to Dalkey with the medieval Dalkey Castle.
Overnight in Cork
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city. Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail runs regular train services between Dublin and Cork throughout the day. Consider heading down with friends for an overnight stay in this historic city. While there you can:
- visit the English Market, one of the oldest municipal covered markets in the world
- ring the Shandon Bells at St. Anne’s Church and climb the 132 step tower
- have dinner at a pub and enjoy traditional Irish music from the locals
Plan your trip for the end of October to see the Guiness Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland’s flagship international jazz festival. The festival happens 28th to 31st October.
Where ever your travels take you, be sure to soak in every experience and have fun!