Dublin has emerged from lockdown in recent weeks with the city looking a bit different than usual. Nightclubs, festivals and large celebrations have been put on hold for the time being, so what is there for a student to do these days? Keep on reading to find out!
Sunset Kayaking in Dalkey
One of our favourite aspects of living in Dublin is the ability to be at the seaside in just a short bike or train ride. Dalkey is a picturesque seaside town that’s accessible by the DART, you may have heard of it from Matt Damon’s recent adventures there! Kayaking.ie runs Sunset Kayak Tours every day of the week during the summer. This seriously relaxing activity is suitable for beginners and is a unique way to experience what Dublin has to offer!
BYOB Pool & Ping Pong
The Hideout is a favourite of students of Dublin. This pool hall on South William Street in Dublin’s ‘Creative Quarter’ is a great way to enjoy the nighttime atmosphere of the city centre without having to go to a pub. They also have table tennis tables on site and offer a BYOB service if you do fancy having a few drinks at the end of the day!
Watersports on the Docks
Residents of Point Campus might be familiar with Surfdock.ie, having experienced stand up-paddleboarding before at one of our outings. We’re delighted to see our good friends back up and running again, offering classes in windsurfing and paddle boarding, all set in the great location of the Grand Canal Dock! Surfdock is just a short walk away from Point Campus so give it a go the next time the sun is shining.
Soon is Now Exhibition at the Guinness Storehouse
During the lockdown, artists from across the world submitted artwork exploring the word ‘SOON’ for Guinness Storehouse’s latest exhibition. The Storehouse is an amazing attraction in itself, which we’re really happy to see open again, and this added element which celebrates optimism, unity, hope and patience is just another reason to give it a visit. Be sure to visit the Gravity Bar at the end of your tour which includes brand new artwork from the street artist Aches!
Providing a great escape from your regular routine (excuse the pun), escape rooms are a great way to spend a few hours with your friends and fellow residents. They challenge you to work as a team, to think in ways your normal life never requires you to do, and provide a great deal of frustration when you can’t work out the clues! Regardless, Escape Rooms are seriously fun and there are a few locations back open now including Escape Dublin on Aungier Street and Adventure Rooms just off Parnell Street.
For movie-lovers out there, the return of cinemas has been much-anticipated! The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield is a fantastic place to spend the evening and can be accessed by the Red Line Luas from right outside Point Campus. While film production has stopped in most countries and very few movies being released, Lighthouse have used this as an opportunity to screen some classic rewatchable movies you wouldn’t normally get to watch on the big screen. For another great cinema experience, The Odeon in Point Village is right around the corner from Point Campus and is also screening some classics like Harry Potter!
The Dún Laoghaire Market
Sunday strolls by the seaside are a quintessential Dublin experience, and the Dún Laoghaire Market in the People’s Park is an ideal spot for some post-walk bites. Whether you’re in the area for a dip at the 40 Foot or you’re craving a Teddy’s ice cream on a sunny day, don’t miss out on the lovely atmosphere this market has to offer.
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