Language course in Dublin: Attractions

Enjoy the free museums

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There are plenty of museums, galleries and attractions in Dublin that you can enjoy for free if you learn English in Dublin. Here are some of the most popular:

National Museum of Ireland (www.museum.ie) The place to learn about Irish art, culture and natural history. It has three branches in Dublin: Natural History, Archaeology and Decorative Arts & History.

Chester Beatty Library (www.cbl.ie) Home to the large collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by mining magnate Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Includes collections from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)(www.imma.ie/) Has a permanent collection of over 1,650 pieces and various temporary exhibitions.
Military Road, Dublin 8.

The National Gallery of Ireland (www.nationalgallery.ie/) Home to an extensive collection of work by Irish artists, alongside notable works from the Dutch masters and Italian Baroque period.
Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

National Botanic Gardens (www.botanicgardens.ie/) 19.5 hectares of gardens just 5 km north west of Dublin city centre, this is home to plants from around the world.
Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

Gaelic Games

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Hurling and Gaelic football have a long history in Ireland, dating back long before they were codified around the start of the 20th century. Hurling is believed to pre-date Christianity, so St Patrick himself may have enjoyed a game when not converting the locals to his faith.

Watching a game of Gaelic football will probably be quite a confusing experience for those used to the “association football” (soccer) known around the world, but it doesn’t take long to get caught up in the atmosphere. Both games are past-paced and tough, ensuring plenty of entertainment. Croke Park is the place to go for major matches – there is also a museum dedicated to the sports there – but you will see smaller games all over Ireland.

Visit the Seals in Howth Harbour

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Howth Harbour is a charming working fishing harbour in the north of Dublin Bay. Have a big breakfast in one of the local cafes, take a bracing walk along the cliffs, look our for the wide variety of bird species that call the harbour home and then meet the real stars of Howth Harbour: the highly photogenic resident seals.

You can reach Howth on the DART train from the city centre in around 20 minutes.

The Guinness Storehouse / Jameson Distillery

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Visit the homes of two of Ireland’s most successful exports. Jameson has produced whisky since 1780 and is much loved around the world. Meanwhile, legend has it that you can survive consuming only Guinness, although scientists disagree. Want to prove them wrong? Donate your body to science in the most delicious way? As part of the tour, you can sample some of the products, after which you may need somewhere to lie down. May we humbly recommend…

Dublin's Parks

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Dublin is a beautiful, green city. After a long day learning English in Dublin, you can find a nice spot at Herbert Park and enjoy the sunshine in one of the most popular parks in the city. Closer to the city centre, St. Stephen's Green and Merrion Square are beautiful hideaways in the heart of the action. If the sun stops shining (which can happen in Dublin), Merrion Square is also home to the National Gallery, National Museum and National Library, so there’s plenty to enjoy.
Image credit: Corey Harmon (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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