Dublin is so spectacular at any time of year, but when summer shows its bright blue skies, the magic of the city just gets that bit more magnificent. And you can take advantage by getting the chance to study English at our NCG Summer School in Dublin!
There’s seemingly limitless things to do in the culturally rich and historic city as the good weather and long evenings come around, so much so that we can’t possibly fit it all in here.
So here’s some of our suggestions for you to make the most of summertime in Dublin…
Who doesn’t love having a bonny bite to eat on a sweet summer’s day? Well we really love it! And luckily in Dublin there’s plenty of opportunities for you to grab a sumptuous snack or mouth watering meal outside.
With convenient food markets available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in and around the Grand Canal, you can enjoy being spoilt for choice when it comes to filling yourself with fantastic food, all whilst taking a sunny stroll alongside one of the city’s many picturesque canals.
That’s right, when the weather’s welcoming you can head on over to Phoenix Park, which is not only the largest park of its kind in Dublin, it’s the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe.
The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, and the Victorian flower gardens. It also has a huge herd of fallow deer, that have remained in the park since it was originally formed as a royal hunting park, back in the 1660s. Take some time to peer at the deer in the heart of the city.
Speaking of gardens, the National Historic Property known as the Iveagh Gardens is another one of Dublin’s hidden gems to enjoy whilst you soak up the sun.
Situated close to the National Concert Hall, just off Harcourt Street and not far from Stephen’s Green, the gardens are neatly nestled amongst the urban architecture of the city. Enjoy tackling a miniature maze, and walking down wooded walkways, as you pass by a fountain feature that sees water cascade and flow over rocks from each of Ireland’s 32 counties.
The city certainly has plenty to offer in terms of beautiful beaches, which stretch along its coastline. You can stroll along the flat and gentle Sandymount strand, all the way to Poolbeg towers, where you can look back for a fantastic view of the city.
If you fancy searching out more gems along the coastline, then the suburb of Dún Laoghaire awaits – here you can explore an abundance of shops, boutiques and cafés, or even just take a wonderful walk along the pier.
If it’s a particularly pleasant summer’s day you can even go for a hike if you fancy challenging yourself a little bit. Head on over to Howth head, a hugely popular destination for day-trippers, which boasts a wide range of walking routes, from the the Cliff Path Closed Loop, to the ancient cairn on one of Howth’s multiple summits.
Depending on your fitness level you can take on as much of a hike as you wish, as there are a number of ways to get back to the village and grab yourself a well deserved drink. The Wicklow Mountains can be seen on bright clear days, with Dublin city below.
With all this and much more to take in, you can see why Dublin is such a special place to be during the summer season.
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