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Kelly from Massachusetts asked

Trip to Dublin from the U.S.!

Finally planning my dream trip to Dublin! I live in the U.S. and will only have about three days with a low budget. Traveling with other adults. Does anyone have any tips on travel, accommodations, transportation, things to see, etc.?
Is there anything a "must-do" or a "can-skip"?

Dublin (Ireland)

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answered by
Paul from Dublin
On trips to Dublin you always need plans for when it rains. Apart from some places already mentioned a must- do is the National Museum of Ireland. Others include EPIC the Irish emigration museum, The Little Museum of Dublin, Dublinia.
if you get nice weather then take a short Dart trip along the coast to Dun Laoghaire to walk the East pier. After the walk you can then treat yourself to a Teddy’s ice cream. While there, you could also visit the National Maritime Museum and/or the James Joyce Museum in the Martello tower in Sandycove.
And ignore the naysayers. Temple Bar is good fun and you should visit it. There’s load of pubs/restaurants and it’s very buzzy. Yes, you can get some drunks occasionally but I’ve never not had a good time there.

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Wonderful information! Thank you!
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answered by
Maria from Dublin
Hi Kelly,
I live in Dublin. It's quite a small city with decent public transport. There is an electric train that runs along the coast called the DART, also trams in the city called Luas and buses that connect the city with lots of suburbs. We also have city bikes to rent. You need to register on in advance and you can collect and drop off bikes throughout the city. As Emberlyn suggested it might be woth taking a Hop-on Hop-off tour to get your bearings on the first day. There are plenty of Airbnbs in the city that provide budget accomodation or try sites like Trivago or for hotel deals. 
A lot of visitors to Dublin like to visit Christ Church Cathedral Guinness Storehouse Trinity College Dublin Castle National Gallery of Ireland Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin Writers Museum Collins Barracks
I would add Famine Memorial Farmleigh House Glasnevin Cemetery (with a trip afterwards for a pint of Guinness in John Kavanagh (Grave Diggers) (Gravediggers' pub)  Take a wander around parts of old Dublin like Stoneybatter and, if you have time take a trip on the DART from Tara Street Train Station to Dalkey (Southbound) or Howth (Northbound) to get coastal views and take a walk by the sea. There are wonderful views of Dublin from Killiney Hill Park ( a 15 minute walk from Dalkey DART station) or walk along Howth Head or pier and have a good seafood lunch/dinner in either village. 
I would skip Temple Bar

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Thank you so much for all the terrific info! Just out of curiosity, why skip Temple Bar? I've heard this before but for what reason? Thank you again!

Temple Bar can be noisy and rough late at night. A lot of the bars there are very touristy and not reflective of the real Dublin, imo.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Christ Church Cathedral (attraction)
  2. Guinness Storehouse (attraction)
  3. Trinity College (attraction)
  4. Dublin Castle (neighborhood)
  5. National Gallery of Ireland (attraction)
  6. Irish Museum of Modern Art (attraction)
  7. Dublin Writers Museum (attraction)
  8. Collins Barracks (attraction)
  9. Famine Memorial (attraction)
  10. Farmleigh House (tourist attraction)
  11. Glasnevin Cemetery (attraction)
  12. John Kavanagh (Grave Diggers) (restaurant)
  13. Stoneybatter (attraction)
  14. Tara Street Train Station (attraction)
  15. Dalkey (city)
  16. Howth (city)
  17. Killiney Hill Park (attraction)
  18. Temple Bar (attraction)
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Emberlyn from Roseville (California)
The best advice we ever got was the Hop-on-hop-off bus.  Go all the way through the tour the first time to get the lay of the land and choose what you want to see and how you want to get it done. not only are the guides great telling you stories about the country but you will see things  you never thought you would want to see. Like the jail. Not a big jail fan but the history behind it made it a must see. There are several stops you can walk to see once you are on the street, but you would never know that otherwise.  Like  Jamison is walking distance of the jail.  I would skip the  Viking museum its more for kids. try all of the beer. 
I love ireland, can't wait to go back- have fun

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