With its clear spoken English, warm welcome and famous hospitality, Dublin is one
of the most attractive places in the world to study English. It has a population
of approximately 1.5 million and has all the advantages of a capital city while retaining
the charm and warmth of a glorified village. The city sits in the centre of Dublin
Bay. To the north are the pretty coastal towns of Howth and Malahide. To the south,
Bray and the lovely beaches of County Wicklow.
The city was established over 1,000 years ago. It began as a Viking settlement and
the centre of the city has moved very little in all those years. It is a city whose
human history is clearly marked on every street, from the bullet holes of the 1916
Rising that you can still see on O’Connell Street to the fine Georgian architecture
that dates back to the seventeenth century. The city combines a strong sense of history
and traditional values with all the excitement and vibrancy of a modern European
Dublin maintains a vibrant, modern and cosmopolitan outlook. It is a centre of business
and finance and has a huge cultural heritage as the home of great writers, artists
and musicians. You will find a rich variety of ways to be entertained: visit the
tower where Joyce began his masterpiece Ulysses or the studio where U2 have recorded
many of their albums, see where Handel’s Messiahwas first performed or sample one
of Ireland’s finest inventions, Guinness.
Travelling to Dublin is very easy; most major cities have daily flights. Travel from
Dublin to other parts of Ireland is also very convenient. This gives you wonderful
opportunities to experience some of the cultural and literary traditions which this
unique and beautiful country has to offer.
The city centre is pleasantly compact and easy to walk around. Dublin boasts a wide
range of parks from the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green in the city centre to the Phoenix
Park, Europe’s largest municipal park.
One of the biggest attractions of Dublin is the people themselves, the inspired talent
for talk and conversation, the easy pace and rhythm to life. Locals with whom our
students come into contact regularly form strong friendships and stay in touch long
after the students have returned to their home countries.
Dublin has some great (and affordable) shopping. Most shops in Ireland open from
9.00 - 18.00, Mondays to Saturdays. There is generally late shopping until 20.00
or 21.00 on Thursdays and Fridays. Supermarkets and some shops are now open on Sunday
from 12.00 to 18.00.
Grafton Street is Dublin's most popular and upmarket shopping street and is positioned
between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green. Henry Street on the other side of
the city has an assortment of popular stores, the ILAC shopping centre, the Jervis
Street Centre; the famous outdoor Moore Street food market is also nearby.