At Oscars International English Language School Dublin we like to let our students know what we think are the best things to see and do around the city in their free time. After a busy week on an English course in Dublin, we know it is important to wind down and relax. So here are our Three on a Thursday – three recommendations for this weekend. This week we are heading over to the north side of the city and to the lovely Glasnevin.
The National Botanical Gardens are known for their magnificent grounds. It is without doubt one of the most magical places in Dublin. With well over three-hundred species of stunning flowers, trees and other plants spread over 19.5 hectares, it is the perfect place to chill out on a down day.
Right beside the Botanical Gardens is the slightly less vivacious, but no less interesting, Glasnevin Cemetery. This vast catacomb is home to thousands of dead people, some of them, the most revered of Irish history. Many of the leaders of the 1916 Rising rest here. Daniel O’Connell’s tomb is marked by an monastic tower. There are guided tours of the cemetery which are very popular and the interpretive centre has won several awards for its fine interactive display. Well-worth a visit for peace if not the history.
Through a side gate on the east side of the cemetery you can make your way out into Prospect Square. It is an odd (but very Irish) name to give a square positioned beside a cemetery but it is home to one of the best pubs in the land, The Gravediggers. This is a place of age old wonder and enchantment and it feels almost insulting to take out your phone in such a place of hard worn antiquity…so don’t. Sit down, enjoy the pint and let the relaxing vibes compel you to let it all out and talk. In summer, evenings are delightful. Just sit out on the square and soak it all in.