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Monika Ligocka

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How to make our 3 day trip really exciting?

Hi, we are going for 3 days to Dublin in February - any advises on planning our trip? Quirky and interesting things we might want to do on a budget? I think the weather is not going to be great so maybe some indoors activities? Where would be the best place to look for an accommodation to stay - which part of the town? Much appreciate any ideas!

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  • Stephanie Grace

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    Hi Monika! I went to Dublin/Ireland this past May and absolutely fell in love. The main attractions that I enjoyed were Grafton Street which has a lot of pubs, restaurants and shopping. I stayed at the Grafton Capital Hotel and found it to be affordable and accommodating, while centrally located. I had afternoon tea at the Westin Hotels Ireland Ltd which was so worth it! There is also a lovely park, St Stephen's Green which is near Grafton. Temple Bar district is great for pictures and has quaint pubs and cafes as well! The Guinness Storehouse is also a must. Enjoy your time, it is a welcoming and special city!

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      This sound like a plan! Thanks so much for your answer :) I have not started planning our short trip but your tips will make it easier :) · (0 likelikes)

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    Dublin has two of my all-time most favorite "quirky" attractions: the National Museum Of Ireland and Marsh's Library.

    I love the museum because the architecture of the building is so extraordinary. It looks like a giant Victorian hunting lodge if they could have hunted dinosaurs back then. Just an amazing place and a good rainy day activity.

    Marsh's Library is amazing for the same reason. I can't remember how old it is but some of the really rare books there are literally chained to the stalls. I quite like this place.

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    Hi Monika. I've lived here for nearly 15 years so I can give you a bit of advice. In regards to accommodation, you should be able to find something of good value in February. I can't fault the previous recommendation for the Grafton Capital Hotel but look around as you should be able to get some good deals all around central Dublin. Depending on what the day is like when you arrive, one of the first things I would do is take the Viking duck boat tour of the town. You get to see a very large amount of the city and get a lot of good information in a very short time. It's interesting and humorous and you can go back to see the places you really liked afterwards. You have to decide whether you want a historical tour, church tour, pub crawl, or just a relaxing break. There are some fabulous churches to visit right in the city centre, such as Saint Mary's Pro-Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. I would also pay a visit to a very small church called St Michan's Church and tour the crypts where you can see actual crusaders that are buried beneath it. That is very inexpensive and easy to get to. I would encourage you to stay out of The Temple Bar at all costs as it is an overpriced dump. They have the most expensive drinks and food in the city. I would recommend maybe the Lincoln Inn at the end of Nassau Street for an old pub pint, The Stag's Head, or for a trendy evening, 37 Dawson St. For food, there are a plethora of good places around Grafton but Fade Street Social has some of the best food in town. For Texas BBQ, Bison Bar & BBQ on the Quays is one of the best. Outside of those recommendations, the hop on hop off bus tour will take you to all of the regular spots you might want to see. BTW, the museums here are free and well worthwhile visiting.

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    I stayed at a really nice bed and breakfast that is about a 20 minute bus ride from dublin. It's called Annally Bed and Breakfast. You get a huuuge breakfast everymorning and Bill and Kathleen are more than helpful. As far as activities there is a tourism office you can visit in dublin. One of my favorites were rural pub tours. It's with a small group of about 8 people and it takes you to a lot of pubs around Wicklow St. It's not exactly cheap but totally worth it in my opinion. There is a free tour of trinity college and a 10 dollar fee to see the book of kells. Temple Baris something that you just kind of have to see if you are in Dublin. Bewley's Hotel Ballsbridge is supposed to have a dinner theater and is known for their warm drinks so maybe you can check that out! Kilmainham Gaol is supposed to be awesome. It's a tour of an old jail. I tried to go buut it was sold out so it must be good! Tripadvisor has a ton of information about Dublin and really saved me as far as planning my trip!

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