Make new friends in Dublin, Ireland

IES Program Dublin 10

Dublin is a lively, cosmopolitan city known for its friendly locals. Whether you are studying abroad or completing an internship in this capital city, you’re never far from a cozy Irish pub and a warm welcome. Explore share your love of literary history with fellow students, meet new people at one of the many city festivals and dine with friends in one of the many cool cafes. This is a city rich in treasures and these are a few recommendations of places to make new friends.

Dundrum Town Centre

Just a short distance from the University College Dublin, Dundrum Town Centre is Dublin’s main shopping hub and Ireland’s largest entertainment centre. This is a great place to visit with your roommate, with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues open till late. Grab lunch at a café, visit the dlr Mill Theatre or catch a blockbuster at the cinema. With plenty of space indoors, this is an all-weather destination that’s always got something going on.

Phoenix Park

This vast park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and is home to Dublin Zoo, the Wellington Monument and a herd of fallow deer. If studying in the spring or summer, this park has a packed program of events and festivals. In the city over the summer for an internship? Visit during one of their big summer events for a great way to meet likeminded people and get a flavor of Irish culture. Or pack a picnic and head there with a group of friends to relax surrounded by nature.

Temple Bar

This trendy neighborhood is known for its lively pubs and nightlife, but don’t miss the independent stores here like Gutter Bookshop and Indigo & Cloth. Take a friend to a pub with live Irish music and that famous Irish craic where everyone is made to feel welcome. If you’re a fan of U2 and other contemporary Irish musicians, pop into The Irish Rock and Roll Museum here for a backstage peek inside a working music studio.

Merrion Square

Step back in time as you wander through Merrion Square near Trinity College Dublin, home to some of the finest Georgian buildings in Ireland surrounding a pretty park. This square was also once home to Oscar Wilde and you can stop and say “hi” to his statue lounging on a rock. Visit here on a weekend when there’s usually a market, festival or event happening in the park where you can spark up a conversation. If the weather turns, you’re never far from a pub here.

Sandymount Strand

Take a walk to this scenic beach, located just a short stroll from University College Dublin. This is a popular spot for Dubliners looking for a leisurely stroll with a stunning view of Dublin Bay. The Martello Tower is a famous landmark here where James Joyce stayed and drew inspiration for Ulysses. You can visit the tower and James Joyce Museum on your visit to Sandymount Strand. If all that beach walking has worked up an appetite, pop into Strand Fare deli for a pastry.