Katerina Russo is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and political science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Katerina shares her top 7 things to do for free in Dublin!
Living on a student budget while studying abroad can surely be difficult at times, but there are still plenty of ways to have fun and explore your host city while continuing to be money conscious. Here are seven things you can do for free in Dublin!
1. WALK THROUGH PHOENIX PARK. The park is located on the north side of Dublin and is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. It also famously features a herd of fallow deer that are protected here, along with a variety of other species of plants and animals. The beautiful gardens are another popular attraction of the park, though it is also used for a variety of more recreational purposes like gaelic football and hurling.
2. SEARCH FOR STREET ART. In some places, street and graffiti are looked down upon but in Dublin that is rarely the case and it is much more commonly considered to be art form. There are many stunning examples of a variety of artists' work on buildings throughout the city. The range of artistic talent in Ireland is widely showcased and easily accessible to anyone simply taking a walk through the city.
3. ESCAPE THE CITY AT THE NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS. Dublin’s National Botanical Gardens are absolutely beautiful and offer different events and attractions throughout different seasons. When visiting, you have the chance to walk through a variety of greenhouses featuring many interesting species of plants. Beyond the greenhouses, on the rest of the grounds there are more beautiful features built into the natural landscape and even some sculptures. It’s a perfect spot to go for a stroll or to have a picnic.
4. VISIT THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE. Located close to the heart of the city, the Garden of Remembrance is a peaceful spot and really worth the visit. It is dedicated to “all those who who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom” and was opened in 1966 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising. It's a great place to go to experience a bit of Dublin’s history.
5. VISIT HOWTH. Howth is a small seaside fishing village on the outskirts of Dublin that forms the northern boundary of Dublin bay. The there are different hikes that offer amazing views of the cliffs, Lambay island, and Baily Lighthouse and even just walking down the pier is a beautiful sight. The Howth market is also a great little place to go through to see all the different crafts and homemade goods. If you’re hungry, be sure to try some of the amazing local seafood!
6. LISTEN TO SOME LIVE MUSIC. Dublin is a hub for great and aspiring musicians alike as there are a variety of places to go throughout the city to enjoy some live music. The Temple Bar area especially offers plenty of great venues that you can go in to listen to traditional Irish music, though there are plenty of other options for different genres of music around too.
7. WALK THROUGH THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY. The gallery offers an extensive look at Irish painting along with many other different European styles ranging through a variety of time periods as well. While there is certainly an emphasis on Irish art and artists here, it offers some distinct and interesting exhibits and pieces that are truly interesting and enjoyable to experience.
Katerina's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.