Ten things to do in Dublin

As we approach the middle of summer, and with sunny days popping up randomly each week, David lists out a series of fun activities to do in the city.

1. Be Cultured: Dublin Zoo

Take a trip to one of the world’s oldest zoos and visit the newly opened sea lion cove. Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is easy to get and offers a whole day of entertainment. Student Tickets are available, and there are multiple picnic areas for you to bring your own food with you. If you are staying in Dublin for the summer, Dublin Zoo is a must see!

2. Be Cultured: Viking Splash Tour

Have you seen a large yellow boat driving around Dublin with it’s passengers, all wearing funny hats, cheering at pedestrians? This is the Viking Splash Tour and is one of the best tours you can take of Dublin City.  Let the Vikings show you the sites and scenes of Dublin city from land and by water in a World War II amphibious vehicle, don’t forget your viking horns!

3. Be Cultured: Explore the Temple Bar Markets

Did you know there is a food market in Temple Bar every Saturday? Or a book market on the weekends? How about the Designer Market? Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, is packed with markets at the weekend. Take a wander through the cobbled streets and hidden avenues and see what you can find amongst the stalls. Market days and times can be found here.

4. Be Cultured: Take a walking tour of Trinity

Want to learn more about the history of Trinity College Dublin?  After 430 years, it’s important to separate the facts from the myths about Trinity. Why not take an official, student guided, walking tour of Trinity College Dublin? Lasting just over half an hour, you can learn about the history of the college and see inside the Old Library; a must for any Trinity Student!

5. Get Active: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Fancy something a bit more sporty or different? Try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) or kayaking. The Docklands plays host to a number of water sport companies, such as Surfdock, who offer a variety of courses for beginners to intermediates. After you’ve learnt the basics, why not take a trip down the Liffey on the board, for an alternative view of Dublin!

6. Get Active: Pier jumping at the Docklands

Staying at the docklands for now, on hot summer days you can see people cooling off by pier jumping at the Grand Canal Dock. Many people recommend wearing a wet suit or a tshirt when jumping, as it can be a fun way to cool off during the sunny days.

7. Relax: Open Air Cinema

Outdoor Cinema season is back and in full swing. With a few open air cinema companies operating within Dublin this year, there’s a large variety of films to see, weather depending of course. Rarely costing more than €5, bring a picnic rug and some popcorn and enjoy a classic film under the summer sky. Check out Happenings for the latest show times.

8. Quiet Time: Hang out and relax at the park

There’s a grand old stretch in the evenings during the summer, and what better way to spend it than relaxing in one of Dublin’s many green spaces. Relaxing in a park is one of the best ways to pass time in the summer. From Stephens Green to the Phoenix Park, there are countless open spaces for you to stretch out and just do nothing!

9. Stay Healthy: go for runs

While stopping and taking time to relax is important, it’s also good to stay active and with the summer evenings (generally) being brighter and warmer, it’s a great time to pick up running. You could join a social jogging club or pop in headphones and go solo. Running along the canal in the evening is a particular favourite of Dubliners and offers a great way to unwind while exercising.

10. Stay Healthy: Outdoor Yoga

Running not for you? That’s alright, how about some open air yoga? Following on from the success of open air cinemas, many more activities have come outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. Check out Outdoor Yoga for the latest info on free yoga mornings (though tips are encouraged)  and start your day off right.

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.

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