After a busy week on an English course in Dublin, we know it is important to wind down and relax. So here at City Language School we are suggesting Glasnevin for your weekend trip to explore Dublin. This part of Dublin is not too far from our city centre campus and getting here is quite easy. Though it is a large area, most of what we are recommending is within walking distance.
Kick off your weekend at the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Dublin.
These gardens are without doubt one of the most magical places in Dublin. With well over three-hundred species of stunning flowers, trees and other plants spread over 19.5 hectares, it is the perfect place to chill out on a down day. Now that Autumn is kicking in, you can expect to see magnificent colours thoughout and the place will be teeming with life as the resident squirrels start stocking up for the winter ahead.
Right beside the Botanical Gardens is the slightly less vivacious, but no less interesting, Glasnevin Cemetery. This vast catacomb is home to thousands of dead people, some of them, the most revered of Irish history. Many of the leaders of the 1916 Rising rest here. Daniel O’Connell’s tomb is marked by an monastic tower. There are guided tours of the cemetery which are very popular and the interpretive centre has won several awards for its fine interactive display. Well-worth a visit for peace if not the history.
Finish the day, and maybe start the night off, in John Kavanagh’s pub beside Glasnevin Cemetery. This is one of the best pubs in the land and because of its proximity to Glasnevin Cemetery it is known as The Gravediggers.
Through a side gate on the east side of the cemetery you can make your way out into Prospect Square – an odd (but very Irish) name to give a square positioned beside a cemetery. This is a place of age old wonder and enchantment and it feels almost insulting to take out your phone in such a place of hard worn antiquity…so don’t. Sit down, enjoy the pint and let the relaxing vibes compel you to let it all out and talk. In summer, evenings are delightful. Just sit out on the square and soak it all in. Winter nights are cosy out.
From here, it’s a short stroll down the road to Eatyard. If you’re looking to sit down and eat booking ahead is strongly advised. If you’re ok to stand, then no problems. Just order your food from the many vendors in the yard, find a spot and munch away. This is a lively and delicious food market with a real mix of cuisine from all over the world and a great atmosphere.
City Language School Dublin
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.