London is the place where the historic past and the vibrant present come alive. A blend of history, groundbreaking architecture and culture has created an amazing and constantly evolving city.
Not surprisingly, the capital has become a mecca for visitors and a great place to live. There's something to appeal to everyone - whatever your interests may be, the city has it covered. With countless museums, galleries and entertainment options throughout the city, our program offers an opportunity to find out just how much London has to offer.
When in London
Museum Mile is an area with the largest concentration of museums and galleries in the UK, with 15 in total, attracting over a million visitors annually. Visit one of the world's best museums - the British Museum & the British Library, explore the galleries at Somerset House or try out the Foundling Museum. There are many other hidden gems along this mile route covering everything from archaeology to art to opera (see www.museum-mile.org.uk for a map).
The Tower of London
Take a free, guided tour of The Tower of London with one of the Yeoman Warders around one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Discover its 900 year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.
There are so many other sites to visit in London, including Tower Bridge, St. Paul's church, Trafalgar Square, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Marble Arch, the Theater distric, the Bank of England, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben - just to name a few. We refer you to the official London tourist website for more information and pictures.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Ireland's capital city is vibrant and ever changing. Home to a third of Ireland's population, Dublin is also the source of much of Ireland's rich cultural heritage. Magnificent public buildings such as Trinity College, Leister House and the Bank of Ireland are not to be missed. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to this friendly, bustling port which is home to literary giants such as Joyce, Beckett and Wilde (among many others). And, of course, there's the best part: the inimitable Irish people themselves! Two quotes about the Irish are particularly telling:
- In Ireland, the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs. Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
- This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever. Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)
When in Dublin
Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is the oldest university in Ireland. Trinity currently has 10,000 students and is a popular tourist attraction as well as a thriving university. The university campus has many interesting buildings, including the Printing House and the Dining Hall.
The Guinness Brewery was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. The World of Guinness exhibition features an audio-visual show about the history of Guinness and its appeal/advertising, as well as a model Cooperage and Transport Museum. Business students might know that this brewery is the source of the T-test you studied in statistics - one worker there developed it to provide a way to do quick, smaller tests of the weight of bottles.
Parnell Square is a small, peaceful park dedicated to the men and women who have died in pursuit of Irish freedom. The Garden of Remembrance marks the spot where several leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were held overnight before being taken to Kilmainham Gaol, where the Irish Volunteers movement was formed in 1913, and also where Sinn Fein ("We Ourselves") flowered. An Oisin Kelly sculpture is in the park and illustrates tragic Irish legends - something replicated in the Irish struggle for independence.
Other Cities to Visit in Ireland & Europe
Although Ireland is in the most western part of Europe, it is still easy to travel to different cities and/or countries. Some airlines offer very inexpensive flights (i.e. RyanAir.com) that may save time but may take more preparation and planning. You can also take buses from London to the continent through the Chunnel - the tunnel under the English Channel to France.