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Greystones, Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Greystones , Ireland. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Greystones?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Greystones, they said:

"Greystones is a coastal town in County Wicklow, Ireland, known for its stunning landscapes, friendly community, and high quality of life. Before moving to Greystones, expats should be aware of several key factors. The cost of living in Greystones is relatively high compared to other parts of Ireland, particularly when it comes to housing. Rent and property prices are steep, so it's important to budget accordingly. The town is well-connected to Dublin, Ireland's capital, by both road and rail. The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) train service runs regularly between Greystones and Dublin, making it a popular choice for commuters. Greystones has a mild and temperate maritime climate, with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Winters can be quite cold, so expats from warmer climates may need to adjust. The town is known for its outdoor activities, with a marina, golf club, rugby club, and several walking trails. It's also home to the southern start/finish of the Wicklow Way, a long-distance walking trail. Greystones has a range of amenities including shops, restaurants, and pubs. The town has a reputation for its food scene, with several award-winning eateries. The education system in Ireland is of a high standard, and Greystones is home to several well-regarded schools. However, it's worth noting that many schools in Ireland are denominational, so it's important to research this if you have children. Healthcare in Ireland is a mix of public and private provision. While everyone living in Ireland is entitled to certain hospital services, there can be long waiting times for public healthcare services. Many people choose to take out private health insurance to supplement this. Finally, the people of Greystones are known for their friendliness and community spirit. The town has a welcoming atmosphere and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in local events and activities," wrote a member in Greystones .

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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