This week the sun finally began to peak out of the clouds and the weather has started to warm up. This can only mean one thing; exams have started for the thousands of students of Dublin. As we all scramble to study and make up for the 9am lectures we missed throughout the year there’s one thought that keeps everyone going: it’s almost summer.
Summer in Dublin is undeniably the best part of the year. Not only are the days long, sunny and pleasant, but also there are loads of great things to do around the city all summer long. Here are the ten best things to do around Dublin in the summer:
- Have a pint outside the Pav:
This is a long-standing tradition at Trinity. As soon as the sun comes out, students flock to the on campus pub to have a pint and sit outside on the cricket pitch to soak up the vitamin D and relax the day away with friends. It’s a great way to unwind after a hard week of exams and the best way to appreciate the beauty of campus in the summer months.
- Swim at the Forty Foot
The forty foot has been the quintessential choice for a summer outing in Dublin for over 250 years. When the weather gets warmer people travel to the costal town of Sandyford in the outskirts of Dublin city and cool off in Dublin’s most popular swimming hole, the 40 foot. After a long day of swimming it’s a tradition to have a 99 (an ice cream cone with a chocolate flake) and relax by the harbour. This is the perfect place to spend the summer and it’s only 20 minutes from the city centre.
- Play Sports
With the nicest weather all year, summer is by far the best time to play sports in Dublin. Whether you want to play a pickup game with friends in one of the beautiful green parks around Dublin or watch a professional football or hurling match at the massive Croke Park stadium, there’s something for everyone.
- Watch an Open Air Cinema film
Happenings and Dublin City Council team up each summer to show movies outdoors in the evenings all summer long at some of Dublin’s beautiful spaces, such as Merrion Square, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and many others. Movies range from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Top Gun to Finding Nemo and everything in between. It is quite possibly the cheapest night out you’ll have all year at only €5 and quite possibly the best.
- Go to a music festival
Ireland is home to some of the best summer festivals worldwide and with 300 festivals each year there’s options for every taste. The most popular of these are Electric Picnic, Longitude, Sea Sessions, Castlepalooza, Body and Soul, Forbidden Fruit, and Life to name a few. In addition to music festivals, there’s a great line up of world-class musicians who hold concerts in Dublin during the summer such as Hozier, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.
- Go to a show
Dublin is home to more than just music festivals in the summer; there are also a large number of shows that come to Dublin in the summer months. The famous Gaiety and Olympia theatres bring in a great variety of comedians, musicians, and plays throughout the year and are a great place to spend a summer night. In addition there’s festivals for every interest on across Dublin such as the Tall Ships Festival, the Festival of Curiosity, Dublin Dance Festival, the International Literary Festival, and many others.
- Go shopping
When the streets of Dublin are bathed in sunshine it’s hard not to want to spend your days strolling down Grafton or Henry Street wandering in and out of all the beautiful stores. It’s easy to see why Dublin was voted the 5th best shopping city in the world with shops for all tastes and budgets. Summer is the best time to appreciate all the diverse and beautiful shopping districts that Dublin has to offer.
- Go to brunch
Dublin is a young and cosmopolitan city with a very active and delicious brunch culture. Cafes line every street in the city centre, there is by no means a lack of places to eat. Many of these are on par with the most popular brunch spots of New York, San Francisco or Portland. There’s no better way to spend a lazy summer Sunday than sitting outside all morning with your friends enjoying great food, coffee and fresh air.
- Take a walk
Dublin is home to a large variety of beautiful parks and green spaces including St Stephen’s Green (pictured) and the 1,760 acre Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world and a potential UNESCO world heritage site. These beautiful parks are perfect for walking, running or cycling through in the summer and the best way to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the city.
- Explore the Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo, inside of Phoenix Park, is the world’s third oldest zoo and home to over 123 species. The zoo is one of Dublin’s biggest and most popular attractions and is a fun summer outing regardless of your age.