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Three days in Dublin

I only have three days in Ireland, should I spend it all in Dublin? If not tell me a great day trip.

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top answer by
Darren from Dublin

Hi Scott,

A lot of visitors to Dublin do day trips to Belfast  and the Antrim Coast or the Cliffs of Moher. They can be quite long days but will give you the wild landscape view of Ireland.

If you do have a spare day try to get to Glendalough, a remote valley in Wicklow about an hour south of Dublin. It's home to two lakes (from where the Irish name comes), an early monastic city with a high cross and round tower and some great walking.

An easier and cheaper side trip out of Dublin would be to take the DART to Howth and go for a walk around the headland, enjoy the views over Dublin Bay and the mountains beyond, have some good seafood in the fishing village and get back to Dublin for a few euros each way.

It is quite easy to fill your 3 day trip in and around Dublin without going too far.

Hope this helps,


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answered by
Fergal from Dublin

One or two days in Dublin should be fine if you only have three days

Given your limited time, I would get to the West Coast to see the beautiful rugged landscape of rural Ireland at its finest. Try one night in Dublin, one night in Galway City and a day trip/overnight or two to Connemaraor the Burren National Park for out of this world coastal scenery.

If you must stay overnight in Dublin, the county of Wicklow is the 'garden of Ireland' and only half an hour's drive from Dublin City Centre. You can take a day trip out this way and enjoy the ancient monastery and lakes at Glendalough, walking the Wicklow Way, waterfalls and gardens of Powerscourt Gardens, beautiful mountain scenery and cosy old pubs

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answered by
Kevin from Tempe

Depends if you are looking for countryside Ireland or the city. 3 days in Dublin is plenty of time to get a feel for the city and would highly recommend taking a historical walking tour as its a great way to get your bearings and add some weight to the sites around the city. We used one that started Trinity College and was a few hours, found on tripadvisor. For a day out of the city and if compressed for time I highly recommend a day long bus tour for one of the days. Yes it's super touristy (isn't that we all are?) but because Ireland is fairly compact you can cram a lot into a day. The one we did went up north to Giants CausewayBelfast(including a black cab tour of the wall, murals and a brief history of the troubles) Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridgeand a couple of villages and castles on the way all packed into a single day. There are a bunch of options to other parts like Corkand Cliffs of Moher with stops along the way. 

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answered by
Morgan from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Last summer I also spent three days in Dublin - there are lots of day trips out to other parts of Ireland on offer, but there's so much to do in Dublin itself that I'd recommend spending at least a day or two in the city!

If the weather is good, Phoenix Park is only a bus ride away from the city centre and you can easily fill a day here visiting the zoo, the park museum or just wandering around, so sort of like a mini-day trip in itself. 

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answered by
Victoria from Plant City

Kilkenny is only an hour away and it's got a really cool Castle, eat Matt the Millers and go on the Smithwicks Brewery Tour for amazing history and a good pint. 

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answered by
Andrea from Varese

I suggest you to visit Connemara .. wonderfull place. In Dublin there are a lot of organized visits with bus. You have not so much time to visit Ireland deeply. I have done a 5 day trip 1800 km trought ireland with a rented car! .. To visit ireland depply i suggest you to return. 12 Days it's good. 

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answered by
Galician from Ourense

Hello! Dublin is little city but I think that you need the 3 days for visiting because Dublin has a lot of museums and you need time for this activities.
 You can enjoy the The Guinness Storehouse or the jail Kilmainham Gaol.

Greetings from Galicia!

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