How To Live Your Best Life This Summer in Dublin
School’s out and it’s time to get out and enjoy the first real summer of the past few years 🌞. From free nights out to paid tours to sights that are just elevated by the summer sun, we believe this is the time of year to really seize the days and see what Dublin has to offer.
And of course, the real reason: being able to take plenty of photos and brag to anybody that wasn’t bothered leaving their student accommodation! So, here’s our pick of some activities around Dublin for students to do before summer’s out.
IMMA Nights 2022
A real hidden gem in Dublin City this year. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is hosting IMMA Outdoors 2022, a series of outdoor events lasting all summer on the IMMA campus in Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
A big part of this will be IMMA Nights, with events taking place every Thursday and Friday night. These events include talks, workshops, dance, performances, film screenings, book launches, DJs and live music. A fantastic way to spend a summer evening! While there are a few ticketed events, Music in the Courtyard will take place for free from 7pm. They’re even serving up food and drink from on-site vans, too!
Big Grill BBQ Festival
The return of big events in 2022 has seen plenty of amazing gatherings all around the capital and this looks set to be one of the best! Big Grill is Europe’s biggest BBQ and craft beer festival and is taking place in the lovely Herbert Park this year!
Over 20 restaurants join the festival for its seventh year and the only rule is they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal – no gas or electricity! So expect some impressive fire pits and a buzzing atmosphere with over 20,000 people expected to attend. It runs from the 11th to the 14th of August, learn a bit more ad grab tickets on their website.
Skyline Tour at Croke Park
Maybe you aren’t the biggest fan of GAA, but Croke Park is a must-see sight in Dublin. What better way to take it in than from 17-storeys above the ground?
While the visit to Croke Park might be a nice perk, the obvious attraction here is the amazing views across Dublin. The rooftop walkway is completely unique and offers completely unrivalled views over Dublin from within the city. If you want to have a really different experience, there are even Skyline yoga classes every Saturday in August.
Take a Trip on the Viking Splash!
THEY’RE BACK. Finally! Okay, if you aren’t a Dublin native, this may all be very confusing to you. But the Viking Splash is an amphibious tour that makes its way around Dublin by land and water, consistently voted as one of the best things to do in the capital.
After a hiatus during the pandemic, the tours are officially back. Similar to the Skyline Tour at Croke Park, this is a unique view of Dublin and the tours are always a great buzz on board and often get cheered on by people just walking down the street – a Dublin staple!
Walk the Great South Wall
You know that red lighthouse you keep seeing pictures of? Well, this is it! Not too far from our neighbourhood in the Dublin Docklands, just past Ringsend, the Great South Wall walk to the Poolbeg Lighthouse is one of the most iconic outings in all of Dublin.
The walk is about 4 kilometres long, and depending on your pace you can be out and back in under an hour. One of the best parts about this walk is that it can really feel like a big outing despite being just next to the centre of Dublin City, making it ideal to grab a bit of food or a pint after!
Cycle the New Dodder Greenway
This brand new addition to South Dublin is an absolutely brilliant one! Just recently fully completed, this new greenway along the Dodder River goes from the City Centre all the way out to the Dublin Mountains via Ballsbridge, Milltown, Rathfarnham, Firhouse and Tallaght. Weaving through parklands and dedicated cycle lanes, this route allows you to see so much of Dublin by foot or on two wheels.
Featuring three new pedestrian and cycle bridges, 750m of new pathway and over 2.5km of upgraded paths, South Dublin County Council sees it among the best greenways in the world and when the sun is shining, it’s hard to argue!
Something you think we’ve missed? Over on Facebook and Instagram we’re always shouting out our favourite activities for students around Dublin. So whether you’re a native Dub or just visiting Ireland for the first time, give us a follow and keep an eye out for our recommendations!