Since the start of this year, ADC Collage has extended the Internship Programme to Dublin. Compared to the sprawling metropolis of London, our other Erasmus+ destination, Dublin is best described as a town. But what the city lacks in size, it makes up for in atmosphere. There are 750 pubs in Dublin and you are bound to strike up an interesting conversation in every single one of them. A pint of "the good stuff", i.e. Guinness, should do the trick. Cheers and welcome to Dublin! Here are six must-see sites of the Irish capital. 

The Long Room in Trinity College (photo: Diliff, Wikimedia Commons).

The Long Room in Trinity College (photo: Diliff, Wikimedia Commons).

1. Trinity College 

Founded in 1592, Trinity College is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland with alumni ranging from the likes of Oscar Wilde and James Joyce to Courtney Love. Check out the Book of Kells, the finest and most famous example of Keltic scripture, and the Old Library, with its rounded oak ceilings and shelved walls. There are tours around campus ranging from €7 to €11 for students. 

2. Temple Bar 

Located on the south bank of river Liffey, Temple Bar is an area famous for its bustling nightlife. Whether you are on the lookout for a bite to eat, a drink down the pub or some live music, this is the place to go. the Brazen Head, dating back to 1198 and officially the oldest pub in Ireland, is located here, as well as the Porterhouse and the Old Storehouse, where you can catch some live music in the evenings. Elephant & Castle is one of the busiest restaurants in the area, serving chicken wings and burgers. Are you after a more traditionally Irish dining experience, complete with stews and Guinness? Try the Old Mill Restaurant, at the heart of Temple Bar. 

“The opening and closing of Kilmainham Gaol prison coincides with the making and breaking of the union between the UK and Ireland.”

3. Dublin Castle 

Dublin Castle is more than 800 years old and has served many purposes throughout history. It was originally built as a defence for the Norman city of Dublin, only later becoming a royal residence. During the Lordship of Ireland it served as the seat of the British government. After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921, the building was officially handed over to the Irish and has since been the site of the inauguration ceremony of the Irish president. Today, Dublin Castle is one of the main tourist attractions in Ireland and offers a range of interesting exhibitions (check out the website to see what is on) and tours of the State Apartments, the Viking Excavation and Chapel Royal. You can also wander around the castle and check out the fine Georgian and Victorian furniture, neoclassical statues and rococo plasterwork ceilings. And don't miss the beautiful paintings adorning the walls of St Patrick's Hall. Tickets range from €6 for students to €8 for the guided tour.  

4. Kilmainham Gaol 

Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison that now operates as a museum. The opening and closing of the prison, as Pat Cooke writes in A History of Kilmainham Gaol, coincides with the making and breaking of the union between the UK and Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including those of the Easter Uprising in 1916, were held and executed here by the British. Children have also been incarcerated here, some for petty crimes like theft, as well as adult prisoners awaiting to be transported to Australia. Wander through the deserted halls and ponder the history of Ireland. Tickets range from €4 for students to €8 for adults. 

Poolbeg Lighthouse at the end of the Great South Wall (Photo: Ian Mantel, Wikimedia Commons).

Poolbeg Lighthouse at the end of the Great South Wall (Photo: Ian Mantel, Wikimedia Commons).

5. The Great South Wall 

At the time of its construction in 1756, the Great South Wall of Dublin was the longest sea wall in the world. Reaching from Port of Dublin all the way out to the bright-red Poolbeg Lighthouse, the walkway extends four kilometers into Dublin Bay. The view is beautiful on a clear day – just make sure you make it past the industrial scrap yards of the port onto the granite walkway.   

6. Science Gallery 

Since its opening in 2008, the Science Gallery has become a popular destination for the curiously inclined. Interactive exhibitions linking art, creativity and scientific experiment is underlined by more philosophical queries about our future in a world operated by technology. Unlike most galleries, there is no permanent collection, meaning the programme is constantly changing. Check out the website for the latest exhibitions and evens. Admission is free.

ADC College organises Internship and Teacher Development Programmes in London and Dublin, eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send a message to info@adccollege.eu.

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