There are few things more beautiful than Ireland in autumn. When the air turns chillier, and the leaves change, it’s time to get out and explore Dublin! Plus, when uni really kicks in, you’ll need some fun to round out all your hard work. We’ve got you covered with seven fun things to do in Dublin this season; read on and prepare for autumnal adventures!
1. Celebrate the Harvest by Hitting a Farmer’s Market
Every weekend throughout the autumn, you can find farmer’s markets spread throughout the city. It’s a wonderful chance to explore Irish artists and craftspeople (and maybe even pick up some early Christmas gifts). But the focus is on the delicious local fruits and vegetables. This is a perfect way to eat healthy on a budget—and sample some of the tastiest produce in Europe. Looking for an extra special study treat? You’ll also find artesian food treasures, like local cheeses, preserves, ales, and chocolates. Savour what’s most delicious about autumn!
2. Go on a Literary Pub Crawl
Ireland has a rich and meaningful literary tradition, and the heart of this history beats in Dublin. Dive into the stories of Ireland’s most celebrated authors—while having a great time—with the Literary Pub Crawl. You’ll be guided by hilarious and informative actor-hosts through the city and several pubs, learning about literature and Dublin itself. You’ll find that the authors’ lives and words feel much more real after seeing Dublin through their eyes. Even better? They offer a student discount! This activity is seriously one of the most fun things to do in Dublin when you’re at uni.
3. Spend a Rainy Day at a Museum
Image course: National Gallery of Ireland
If you find yourself free from class on a particularly cold, rainy autumn day, you’re not out of luck. Take advantage of the dreary weather and head to one of the celebrated museums Dublin offers. You can view the classics at the National Gallery of Ireland and celebrate the art of the past. Or, for something more contemporary, you can check out the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Whatever you fancy, you can find the art that speaks to you.
4. Admire the Colours at a Local Park
Ireland may be known for its green landscapes, but in autumn, all the colours come alive. Thankfully, Dublin is full of gorgeous public parks that allow you to admire the foliage. If your studies have you feeling mental, decompress with a calming, meandering walk through Dublin’s central park, St Stephens Green. Up for something more active? Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed park in any European capital city. They offer bikes for rent, so you can work out while you check out the colourful trees. You may even be lucky enough to come across a deer or other wildlife.
5. Embrace Ireland’s Beauty by Hitting the Beach
Autumn in Ireland is all about dramatic beauty. Romantic fog, brilliant leaves, crisp air, and that magical feeling found only in Ireland as the year winds down. One of the best ways to fully experience it may also be an unexpected one—heading to the beach. While summer on Ireland’s beaches is spectacular, there’s nothing like taking in the seascape on a dreamy autumn day. Catch a ride on the DART and head to one of the gorgeous shores nearby. In less than 30 minutes, you can feel like you’ve completely escaped your day-to-day life.
6. Discover the Secrets of Ireland’s Favourite Brew at the Guinness Storehouse
Nothing says Ireland like a frosty mug of Guinness. Take a tour of this multi-story attraction focused on the history, production, and modern relevance of Dublin’s beloved stout. We particularly love hitting it in the fall for the spectacular views from its Gravity Bar. Thanks to its 360-degree views, you’ll be treated to the most jaw-dropping vista of Dublin’s autumn beauty. Take advantage of their student discounts and make a day of it.
7. Warm-up with some of Dublin’s Best Traditional Food
What’s the best thing to do after a day spent adventuring in the chilly fall temps? Filling yourself with the comforting warmth of traditional Irish food. Shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, colcannon, and soda bread all leave you feeling cosy and nourished. Dublin is full of traditional pubs and restaurants serving up the classics. But some of our faves are Delahunt (which was mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses) and Madigan’s Earl Street.
Adventure Out and Find Fun Things to do in Dublin
After trying out a few of these adventures, you’ll be sure to fall in love with Dublin’s autumn scene. Give them a go yourself and discover why autumn in Dublin is so magical.
Image Source: Irish Museum of Modern Art