Whether you're a nurse, pharmacist, GP, or otherwise, taking a job in a new city is always a daunting event. If you've recently accepted a new job offer, or are just considering making the move, Dublin has a lot to offer in terms of activities to do outside of work.
Dublin is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, and, when done correctly, can be a great place to explore on a budget. There are many free things to do in Dublin that can help you experience the city without breaking the bank. In this guide, we'll explore 7 free things to try in Dublin.
Dublin Free Tour is a proud, local and independent free tour provider. It has been running free tours in Dublin since 2014. Running daily from O’Connell Street you can join to see the top attractions including Trinity College, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral to get a feel of our charming city.
Comprising of three different museums in Dublin; you’ll have a great choice to visit and wander around! The Decorative Arts and History based in Collins Barracks, the Natural History Museum, right beside our offices in Merrion Square and the Archaeology Museum on Kildare Street. All National Museums offer free entry as well as free events on a monthly basis.
The Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed public parks in any capital city in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of wild fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Áras an Uachtaráin, Zoological Gardens, Victorian Flower Gardens, a Biodiversity Information Centre, Phoenix Café and Tea Rooms. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be pursued such as walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling and many more. The Glen Pond is set in very scenic surroundings in the Furry Glen. There are many walks and cycle trails available to the public.
Situated at the bottom of Grafton Street, Dublin’s most popular shopping street, Trinity college can be visited free of charge. There are numerous buildings to explore and see the beautiful architecture and more. As well as paid attractions such as The Book of Kells and the famous Old Library.
In South Dublin County you can enjoy an 8.5-kilometre long greenway between the 3rd Lock at Inchicore in Dublin and the 12th Lock at Lucan, South Dublin, which opened in June 2010. This is accessible at two main points in South Dublin — from Clondalkin Village at the 9th Lock Road or alternatively you can explore more of the county by taking the Red Bridge over the Canal at Grange Castle which can take you off-road through the Griffeen Greenway into Lucan Village and towards the valley of the River Liffey.
The route is an off-road alternative for commuters and leisure users incorporating features including state of the art lighting, comprehensive CCTV with 24-hour monitoring, leisure facilities (i.e. fishing points, boating and berthing areas and seating). Wildlife habitats have been maintained and developed, and there is signage along the route detailing the history of the area.
The Grand Canal Way (Irish: Bealach na Canálach Móire) is a 117 kilometre (73 miles) long-distance trail that follows the towpath of the canal from Lucan Bridge, near Adamstown, to Shannon Harbour. It is typically completed in five days. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Waterways Ireland.
Described by Lonely Planet as ‘not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe’, the Chester Beatty is the pre-eminent Irish museum promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. An engaging and welcoming space, visitors from Ireland and overseas will find permanent and temporary displays, an intercultural learning programme and a broad variety of public activities for all ages and backgrounds.
A vibrant National Cultural Institution, the Chester Beatty also reaches out to the culturally diverse communities in Ireland. By drawing upon and interpreting the wonderful collections, the museum actively engages with the newest members of our society.
Once the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968), a successful American mining engineer, collector and philanthropist, the Chester Beatty is also today a research library for scholars from all over the world.
Temple bar is well known for many things. The centre of Dublin’s nightlife, and world famous for it. A cultural centre for Dublin’s citizens. But rarely is it known for its street art. Which is a shame as within this small area there is a thriving scene, and an excellent Temple Bar Street Art Tour that demands to be walked. It should come as no surprise though, cultural hotspots worldwide are often in possession of an excellent scene. The Temple Bar Street Art scene showcases Dublin favourites Subset, Kinmx, James Earley, Shane Sutton, and Maser.
Temple Bar is a good central starting point to anyone wanting to make a dent on the Dublin street art scene. The whole route is only 1.4 kilometres in length, which should take no more than 6 hours. However if you can resist the lure of those 8 pints of Guinness, the hearty Irish meals and the foot stomping good Irish ballads in the pubs, then you can do it all in 15-20 minutes.
These fabulous tours and attractions aside, Dublin is also the capital city of Ireland, with the highest population. This itself brings a huge amount of opportunities for healthcare workers to expand their career. For nurses, you will find numerous different hospitals and settings advertising roles from staff nurse to director of nursing. Similarly for pharmacists, you may find yourself working as a part-time support pharmacist or take on more responsibility as a supervising pharmacist. You will have an amazing opportunity to progress your career in Ireland like no other county!
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