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4 days in Ireland

My 23 yr old daughter and I will land in Dublin on a Saturday afternoon at the beginning of September and fly out of Dublin 4 days later on Wednesday afternoon. Any suggestions for the best use of our time or a proposed itinerary? We've never been there before. We are not really big on tourist attractions unless they just can't be missed. We love mixing with locals and meeting people. Thanks!

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Crystal from Seattle

Visit Dingle it's magical! The people are so amazing and you can't beat looking out over the cliffs! Have a great trip.


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Kimberly

St Patrick's Cathedral was amazing. Go there for mass on Sunday morning even if you aren't Catholic, expressly to hear the pipe organ and choir. Christ Church Cathedral is also amazing! 

 

The Guinness Storehouseis touristy, there is no getting around it, but you must go and have a pint on the top floor, which is also the highest point in the city. Then, do a pub crawl in the temple bar district.  

 

Go to College Park (green is just a fancy word for park). See the book of Kells at Trinity College (long line but worth it to see the old library), and have lunch at the Bank. 

 

You can always tour the castle and museum nearby, but there will be people. Everywhere. 

 

If you want to get a local vibe, stick to the pubs, especially at night. The shops all close around 5, and everyone goes to the pubs to have a good old time. Expect the unexpected. Bring your rain gear. Bring warm clothes and shoes that you don't mind to walk around in. The public transportation system is fantastic, but you will still do a fair bit of walking.


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Molly
Kimberly - this is all great info - thank you for taking the time!
 
 
 

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Maria from Dublin

Hi Molly,

The good news is that the weather is usually pretty decent in September. Right now it's raining and windy! Do you want to stay in Dublin or travel around the country a little bit? Dublin city has a lot to offer, in terms of location and things to do, good restaurants and bars, coastal and mountain walks. There are a few touristy things worth doing: Kimberly suggested Guinness Storehouse and St Patrick's Cathedral Both are worth seeing. I like Irish Museum of Modern Art for the building and location as well as the art. Lots of tourists are drawn towards Temple Bar but locals tend to avoid the area - we can do better than that! There are some really good pubs a little off the beaten path, where you will for sure meet Dublin people: Grogan's The Palace Bar Mulligan's are great places to go for Guinness and a chat. For me a good night out is an aperitif in Mulligan's followed by dinner next door in The Vintage Kitchen where the food is really good and you can bring your own wine and music.

I highly recommend a trip along the coast on the DART Dublin Area Rapid Transit - you can travel from the city centre north to Howth a lovely fishing village with some excellent fish restaurants and amazing coastal walks (e.g. Howth Head - a cliff walk with lovely views) all the way south to Greystones in Co. Wicklow, a  large village with a nice beach and some very good restaurants and shops. The entire trip from Howth to Greystones takes about 90 minutes, the journey has some wonderful beach and sea views and costs just under €6 each way. There are some worthwhile stops along the way: Dalkey (Views from Killiney Hill Park, Finnegan's Pub), Sandycove (James Joyce Museum) and Malahide  (Malahide village and Castle)  

Powerscourt Gardens and House is located about 45 minutes from Dublin city and is worth the trip if the weather is good. 

If Irish history interests you visit Arbour Hill Cemetary to see the memorial and graves of the 1916 leaders. A walk along the quays to Custom House Quay will bring you to the Famine Memorial and World Poverty Stone and also a full-sized replica of a famine ship.

There are lots of good music venues, clubs and theatres to check out. Take a look at www.dublintown.ie/whats-on or www.entertainment.ie for listings.

Have a great time!


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Molly
Maria, this is great - thank you! We plan to only spend the first night and next morning in Dublin so your food and drink suggestions look spot on. We're going to rent a car and try to see what we can in the southern direction but are not quite sure where to go. we're thinking maybe Dingle, Cliffs of Moher? We'd like to spend a night in a castle plus we'll have 2 more nights. If you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear them. Thanks again!
 

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Dingle is a great place to visit, consider Galway and Connemara too. Ashford Castle is just a few miles north, in Co. Mayo or Dromoland is in Co. Limerick. There are lovely places to stay in Ireland's Blue Book: www.irelands-blue-book.ie You could tie in Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Dromoland Castle. Dingle is at least a 4 hour drive from Dublin. Galway is a little over 2 hours and Connemara another hour from there. Cork and West Cork (Schull, Skibereen) are also beautiful as are Kenmare, Sneem, Killorglin in Co. Kerry, but you don't want to spend your whole 4 days driving! Have a great time, Molly.
 
 
 

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  20. Famine Memorial (attraction)
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