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Reading Week Breaks - Dublin

Lily Steward explains why visiting the Irish capital should be top of your reading week to-do list.

By Lily Stewart 2nd year Sociology & Social Policy

Lily Stewart explains why visiting the Irish capital should be top of your reading week to-do list.

It’s six weeks in and the days are getting shorter, it’s getting colder and the work is getting harder. The novelty of the first few weeks is wearing off as the excitement of seeing everyone and going out subsides. You’re tired, your housemates are tired and that just accumulates to snarky remarks, furtive eye rolling and just wanting your own darn space!

Well guess what? Reading week is here! An opportunity to pack up your bags, leave your freezing student house behind and have a well earned break. But where to go? Considering you only have one week off, you don’t want to be wasting days on long-haul flights and fighting jet-lag. A two- hour flight (max) is what you want to be aiming for so you can arrive in time for dinner and drinks.


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For me, a perfect last-minute, short-distance get away destination is Ireland’s capital, Dublin. The city oozes with things to do. In truth, I am being a bit bias, as I go to Dublin a lot. But what’s there not to love? The flight from Bristol only takes 40 minutes and are always relatively cheap even when you book a few days prior! Remember, however, it is October, so be aware that Dublin is not the warmest destination - but all you need is a warm coat and you are good to go!

What Dublin may lack in weather is definitely made up for in other areas. Firstly, the people are so friendly and welcoming emphasised even more by the vibrant accent. The streets are buzzing with people of all walks of life and if you love to people watch then Grafton Street is definitely a place to visit. The bars are never quiet; the ambiance is always electric and the Guinness is to die for. If you want that traditional Irish- bar feel; Temple bar is a must see!

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If it’s history you’re after, making a beeline to The Little Museum of Dublin for a whistle-stop tour through the fascinating history of the city, or head to George’s Street Arcade for an enclosed Victorian market showing off the finest local produce. Whether it’s tasty sweet treats or unusual gifts you’re looking for, George’s is the place to find it.

Dublin is a beautiful city. Located right next to the coast, it’s the perfect starting point if you want a peaceful break from the restless capital - just hop on the Dart and you’ll be on the beach in 20 minutes. The beaches are spectacular, perfect for long walks and a refreshing swim (if you want to brave it!)

All in all, Dublin is a beautiful city with so much character. It is a perfect place to visit in your reading week. You’ll come back for week seven all refreshed, excited to begin the second half of the term and maybe with a slight Irish accent!

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