Places to visit on the weekend: Dublin

Looking for a place to visit on the weekend after endless hours of studying? Why not visit Dublin for your next holiday? This blog provides you with all the tips you need for student travel in Dublin.

Why Dublin?

When exploring Dublin you get to appreciate the Georgian architecture up close, experience a world-famous pub culture, spend whole days in the wonderful museums and galleries, and see how Guinness is brewed. If you are a fan of literature you will not want to miss Dublin, not only does the city have James Joyce to thank for his landmark novel Ulysses, Dublin was the favourite haunt of many famous writers such as Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde.

On top of all the attractions, Dublin is very easy to get to! It only takes an hour to fly from Bristol to Dublin and 1 hour 20 minutes to fly from Nottingham to Dublin. If flying isn’t your thing, then a road trip is also an option. You can take the scenic route from Bristol along the welsh seaside and the east coast of Ireland into Dublin. If you are travelling from Nottingham you can drive past Chester and go across to Ireland via ferry from Holyhead.

Where to stay in Dublin?

In the beautiful Irish capital it’s not hard to find somewhere to stay that’s magical.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Clontarf Castle Hotel will meet all expectations of what a hotel in an old Irish castle should be. This stunning hotel combines the beauty of historical architecture dating back to the 12th century with modern elements to make your stay relaxing. It is also Dublin’s only hotel set in a castle. Located in the Clontarf area, it’s only 10 minutes away from the city centre, and 1.9 km from St. Anne’s Park.

The Marker


The Marker is a landmark in Dublin, this 5-star hotel is the perfect urban retreat for

those who crave the unconventional. Sitting in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, The Marker slots seamlessly into one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin City. It comes with a stunning rooftop bar & terrace, outstanding spa centre and an infinity pool. The Marker is the perfect stay for the ultimate in luxurious student travel.

Things to do in Dublin

Day one in Dublin

Like most travellers, we want to make the most of our experience. Dublin is never short of attractions, you can start your weekend with a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland. It holds an unmatched selection of works by Irish artists and showcases exceptional pieces from every major European school of painting. After viewing classic art, you can step into the Irish Museum of Modern Art, they always have exciting new exhibitions to showcase the latest modern art pieces in Dublin. Carrying on with the art theme, Dublin is also home to Sir Francis Bacon’s studio. Since 2001 the late artist’s studio was relocated from London to the city of his birth and is housed in Hugh Lane Gallery.

Sir Francis Bacon’s studio Dublin

As mentioned above, the strong connection with literature mean every corner in Dublin has a story to tell. A great way to explore this is through the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, which combines two amazing pastimes: storytelling and drinking. Maybe it will inspire you to write your own masterpiece.

After dark

If you are a fan of electro beats, Twisted Pepper and Bernard Shaw will be your place to be. Both of the clubs are run by esteemed dance collective Bodytonic. It often plays host to international DJs, whilst also showcasing a lot of local Irish rising stars.

If you fancy a more traditional and authentic representation of the city, then The Cobblestone is the perfect spot. This traditional Irish music bar and venue is founded by Tom Mulligan. The Mulligan family have been playing Irish music for over five generations and refer to The Cobblestone as a ‘drinking pub, with a music problem’.


Day two in Dublin

After breakfast, visit the library of Trinity College, the long room library is renowned for its breath taking, barrel-vaulted roof, under which sits a treasure trove of Irish literature. The room’s wooden shelves are home to an enormous collection of masterpieces, including a rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the Book of Kells, an illuminated religious manuscript from 800 AD.

Trinity College Library Dublin

Book of Kells Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse

If you visited Dublin and didn’t go to the Guinness storehouse does it still count as a visit? The seven-floor exhibition space at the St James’s Gate Brewery in central Dublin, is where Guinness was first brewed in 1759. The whole site takes about 4 hours to wander around, it has a pub/restaurant on the 5th floor for you to grab some delicious Irish food with a pint of Guinness while you take a break from your tour. After eating make sure you grab a drink at the Gravity Bar where you get a 360 degree view of the city.

Gravity Bar Dublin

Top tips: Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid queuing.

After taking in the views of the city, get exploring and take a walk around the city. At this point you won’t need a guide, just find your favourite Dublin spot right around the corner and relax.