Dublin

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    Learn more about the writer, James Joyce, on a Dublin school trip.
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    Trinity College, Dublin, home to the Book of Kells.
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    The Guinness Storehouse is a popular visit on a school trip to Dublin.
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    The Oscar Wilde statue pays homage to one of Dublin's great literary figures.
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    Dublin's Custom House, lining the River Liffey.

We had a fantastic trip thank you! The students learnt a great deal about Joyce and Yeats. The service was fantastic – everything was booked and ready for us – nothing to fault at all.NJ, Hurtwood House School

A hop and a skip across the Irish Sea, Dublin is a treasure trove of historical and literary delights. As you walk around Ireland’s capital city, admiring the beautiful Georgian architecture as you go, trace a path through the main events of the country’s political history such as the creation of the Irish Free State and the Easter Rising. Discover, too, the Emerald Isle’s influence on the literary world through the likes of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats.

Dissected by the River Liffey, Dublin is a compact city and thus easy to explore on foot. To the north of the river, literary inspiration awaits you at the James Joyce Centre and the Dublin Writers’ Museum. To the south of the river meanwhile, you’ll find many of Dublin’s star attractions including Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse, Merrion Square, St Stephen’s Green and the Cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and hotels in and around the Irish capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Dublin school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the Dublin Central Inn. Situated right in the heart of Dublin, just a couple of minutes from O’Connell Street, this hotel offers rooms sleeping up to four people, each with en-suite bath and shower/wc. There’s also a guest lounge, sun deck and free Wi-Fi throughout. A full Irish breakfast is served each morning.

Dublin School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggestion for a Dublin school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Coach

Day 1 – Departing from school, travel to Holyhead where you’ll catch the ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. On arrival, head straight to your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 – See some of Dublin’s principal sites this morning on a walking tour of the city. You’ll start off at Trinity College, where you’ll get to see the famous Book of Kells, before continuing to the National Library of Ireland, currently host to an exhibition devoted to the life and works of W.B. Yeats.

Continue on to Merrion Square, seeing the former homes of Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats, as well as the busts and memorials of St Stephen’s Green, before heading to the Chester Beatty Library, boasting one of the finest collections of manuscripts and books.

Day 3 – Today’s itinerary starts north of the Liffey with a circular walk highlighting some of the principal settings in the author’s work. You’ll spend time at the James Joyce Centre before heading to the Dublin Writers’ Museum, dedicated to the city’s literary celebrities.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish, perhaps visiting the famous Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery, or even learning more about the history of Dublin with a visit to the Kilmainham Gaol, the General Post Office, or Dublinia, showcasing Ireland’s Viking and Medieval heritage.

Day 4 – Depart Dublin for your ferry back to the UK.

Travel Options

  • By coach with ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin. Schools from the north may prefer to sail from Liverpool.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Dublin.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Trinity College  – Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 and remains one of Dublin’s foremost sites. Its impressive list of famous former alumni includes Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker.
Book of Kells – Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript, this 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.
National Museum of Ireland – The site at Collins Barracks is dedicated to decorative arts and history, charting Ireland’s economic, social, political and military progress through the ages with a dedicated exhibition to the 1916 Rising.
Grafton Street – Dublin’s main shopping thoroughfare, linking Trinity College with St Stephen’s Green.
National Library of Ireland – Home to over eight million items, the National Library of Ireland is enjoying international acclaim as the venue for “one of the most important literary exhibitions yet staged internationally”. Devoted to the Life and Works of W.B. Yeats, this is an important stopping point on any Dublin itinerary.
Merrion Square – You’ll find the former homes of Oscar Wilde (1), Daniel O’ Connell (58) and W.B. Yeats (82) situated here. Merrion Square Park meanwhile contains the Oscar Wilde Statue and a sculpture of a jester’s chair in memory of the late Father Ted star, Dermot Morgan.
St Stephen’s Green – Lined by attractive Georgian townhouses, St Stephen’s Green was until 1664 used as the venue for the punishment of criminals. Becoming a private park in 1814, today you’ll find memorials to statues commemorating the Great Famine, James Joyce and W.B. Yeats.
Dublin Castle – Built at the turn of the 13th century, Dublin Castle was seat and symbol of British rule for over 700 years. Officially transferred to the Irish in 1922, the castle is today used in a governmental capacity and to host visiting heads of state.
Dublinia – Go on a journey through the city’s history from the earliest Viking times through Medieval Dublin.
Custom House – This striking Georgian building stretches over 100 metres along the north bank of the River Liffey.
General Post Office – Situated in O’Connell Street, this was the main stronghold of the Irish Volunteers in the 1916 Rising.
GPO Witness History – Opened in 2016, this interactive and immersive exbhibition puts students right inside the GPO during the five days of the Easter Rising 1916 when it was the location for both the military command centre and the seat of the Provisional Irish Government.
Kilmainham Gaol (Easter Rising exhibition) – Before it’s closure in 1924, Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history including Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum – Glasnevin is Ireland’s largest cemetery where over 1.5 million people are buried including icons such as Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins and Charles Stewart Parnell.
Christ Church Cathedral – Founded on the site of a Viking Church in 1172, Christ Church Cathedral represents Dublin’s spiritual centre. Once a major pilgrimage site, Christ Church’s medieval crypt is the largest in both Britain and Ireland.
St Patrick’s Cathedral – Built between 1220 and 1260 the Cathedral is one of the few remaining buildings from Medieval Dublin. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, is buried here.

 

James Joyce Centre – Housed in a 17th-century Georgian building, the James Joyce Centre is dedicated to the life and works of James Joyce, with a permanent interactive exhibition on Ulysses.
Dublin Writers’ Museum – Pays homage to Ireland’s most celebrated authors, poets and playwrights with a collection of books, letters, portraits and personal items belonging to, amongst others, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats. Highlights include a first edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and an 1804 publication of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.
Chester Beatty Library – Home to a diverse collection of historic artefacts originating from around the globe dating from 2700 BC to the present day. It also possesses one of the finest collections of manuscripts and books from a private 20th century collector including Egyptian papyrus texts, illuminated copies of the Qur’an and the Bible and Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.
Guinness Storehouse – Founded in 1759, the Guinness Storehouse is today a state-of-the-art museum housed in a converted warehouse (shaped like a pint glass) and a top tourist attraction. Learn about the history of and processes involved in the creation of Guinness and take a look at its famous advertising campaigns.
Old Jameson Distillery – Discover how three simple ingredients – water, barley and yeast – are transformed into Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Chocolate Warehouse – A two-hour workshop begins with an introduction to the story of chocolate, followed by a demonstration and ending with an opportunity to make a box of chocolates and decorate chocolate bars.
National Gallery of Ireland – Plays host to over 2,500 artworks from every major European School of painting. Pride of place however goes to its impressive collection of 17th to 20th century Irish art, including works by Jack B.Yeats, younger brother of W.B. Yeats.
Irish Museum of Modern Art – Housing Ireland’s most important collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art.
Croke Park – This is the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland’s largest sporting organisation. As well as a tour of the stadium, visit the GAA Museum, celebrating the national games of hurling and Gaelic football.
Little Museum of Dublin – Discover the fascinating history of Dublin, from the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2.
National Leprechaun Museum – Delve deep into Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind tales of leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold.
National Wax Museum Plus – An interactive and educational museum with a wealth of famous Irish faces.

Elsewhere

James Joyce Tower & Museum – Located on the coast road eight miles south of Dublin, this is one of a series of Martello towers built to withstand an invasion by Napoleon. Today, it serves as a museum devoted to the life and works of James Joyce, who made the tower the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, Ulysses.
Belfast – Why not consider a two-centre trip with Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland? Along with Titanic Belfast and Docks, other Belfast essentials include Stormont, home to the Northern Irish assembly, the Peace Walls, Crumlin Road Gaol and Queen’s University where past alumni include the Nobel prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney, and the scientist, Lord Kelvin.

Dublin school trip images © Leandro Neumann Cuiffo, Tara Morgan, Tony Pleavin