Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, lies on Dublin Bay and overlooks the Irish Sea that divides Ireland and Great Britain. The city ranks among the top tourist destinations in Europe and in the last decade there has been an economic boom, which has changed areas of Dublin dramatically. Many historical areas have been rejuvenated and restored; new shopping centers have arrived along with many restaurants, clubs and bars, making Dublin an exciting place to stay.
One thing that you will not be short of in Dublin is entertainment. Whole areas of the city, like Temple Bar, buzz with energy and creativity. Temple Bar is one of Dublin’s most popular areas, where you will find a large concentration of museums, art galleries, restaurants, cafés, shops and pubs. As evening approaches and the shops begin to close, Temple Bar transforms into an exciting party hotspot with a friendly atmosphere.
Dublin is a place of great cultural and historical interest and has a rich literary heritage, and has become only the fourth city to be awarded the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) City of Literature title. The city was the birthplace of James Joyce, WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift, and Dublin’s literary tradition continues to flourish with current writers achieving great acclaim internationally – including Colm Tóibín, Sebastian Barry, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle and John Banville, to name but a few. The rich Irish musical heritage is widely reflected in Dublin, with many opportunities to sample both traditional and more contemporary musical styles.
The most notable thing about Dublin’s weather is its variability. It has been said that there is no climate here, just weather! A typical winter’s day is a brisk 5 – 10 degrees Celsius and during the summer it is about 20 degrees Celsius.
A young city with a large student population, Dublin offers the perfect backdrop to your study experience.