There aren’t enough hours in a day to enjoy all that Dublin has to offer, but sometimes you just have to make the most of the time you have. Whether you’re taking advantage of a long layover or a strict itinerary, plan ahead, and discover how to explore Ireland’s capital!
But First, Coffee
Before you embark on an epic Dublin adventure, you’ll need a strong cup of coffee to power you through the day. Lucky for you, the Irish city is full of independent coffee shops filled with good vibes and delicious espresso-based beverages. Snap a picture of the intricate latte art at Network, or try coffee beans from around the world at Proper Order. Sip a warm (or cold) brew by a window seat, and enjoy the view of the city while you prepare for a day of sightseeing.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
As the largest church in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is a sight to behold. Start your day with a group tour of the impressive grounds, and learn more about Ireland’s history through the Cathedral’s free educational program. Tours of the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral start early in the morning, so consider booking your visit ahead online to save time.
Visiting an old library might not seem like a thrilling excursion, but the Long Room at Trinity College can transform anyone into an instant bookworm. As the largest library in Ireland, the Library at Trinity college contains over six million volumes! Visitors can peruse the 213-foot main chamber of the Old Library (the Long Room), which houses over 200,000 of the College’s oldest books. Once you’ve had your fill of ancient literature, take a walk around the campus. Consider a student-led tour, or relax under a tree on the tranquil college grounds.
My goodness, it’s time for a Guinness! No visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. Arthur Guinness brewed his first batch of black beer in 1759, and the signature stout has been an Irish staple ever since. Start your tour at the famous seal, where Guinness signed the 9,000-year lease at Saint James’s Gate Brewery. Learn about the history of Guinness, and discover the process brewing, casking, and transporting the popular pint. Finish the tour in the tasting room, and sip the world’s number one stout as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Experience Ireland With AESU
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
Experience an exhilarating adventure on the Cosmopolitan, Explorer, and Continental tours. It’s never too late to get a taste of a multitude of exciting cultures! Explore the vast Irish Countryside on the Hops, Grains & Slainte Adventure!
If you have any questions or want help booking your European adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!