Dublin really is something to \’sea\’!

Apart from its friendly people, colourful language, great music, wonderful parks and cosy pubs, Dublin is close to both the sea and the mountains.

City Language School is located right in the heart of Dublin and right outside our door are rows of bus stops from where you can reach these wonderful outdoor spaces in moments. Next week, we will focus on the mountains. This week, we take to our wonderful coastline where you\’ll discover that real treasure costs nothing but a bus fare.

Here are just a few of our favourite seaside spots.

Dun Laoghaire Pier

This is one of the most popular walks on the south side of the city. It should take you about thirty minutes to get to the end of the pier and back. That\’s if you\’re not distracted by the old men fishing off the pier’s edge, kids jumping into the sea or the way the clouds are gathering over the Dublin mountains behind you. There is always quite a lot to take in on a walk here. If you’re lucky you might get to see a full brass band and if you’re really lucky you could even see a basking shark. If you don’t see either, don’t get too stressed, there’s always Teddy’s Ice Cream.

City Language School English Language School Dublin recommends a visit to Dun Laoghiare

The Forty-Foot

The forty-foot is a Dublin institution. Famous for its Christmas Day swim, there are people who come here everyday and swear that it keeps them alive and out of hospital. We are not so sure, but there is definitely a strange charm about the place and it is an utterly unique.

The best way to get to both spots is probably on the DART. There are a number of buses but it will you take you longer and the train ride out is very pleasant.

Diving at the Forty-Foot - City Language School Dublin recommends a visit to the forty-foot
Diving at the Forty-Foot (pic: Irish Times)


Even closer to our city centre campus is Sandymount Strand. The promenade along the coast here is pleasant and popular with people. It is well lit at night time too which makes it a good spot for romantic walks. The best time to go is when the tide is in. 

You can jump on the 15A from just in front of our school.

Dollymount Strand

Affectionately known as \’Dollier\’, Dublin’s longest beach, Dollymount Strand is a vast open expanse on which northside Dubliners traditionally learn to drive but it is also a great spot for a walk. If you’re into windsurfing, this is where you will find Dublin’s most active windsurfing community. Recently opened coffee shops have now made this a very popular spot.

From nearby Abbey Street, you can get the 130 to Bull Island

Burrow Beach

Burrow Beach near Howth

Shhhh, this place is a secret. By far Dublin’s nicest beach is Burrow Beach near Howth. It is a little tricky to get to and even when you get there you might need to ask how to get to the beach itself but it is an Alice-in-Wonderland moment when you do. Well worth the trip out.

Go to Busáras and jump on the H3 towards Howth Summit.

About Us

City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.

We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.