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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

We have to wait 6 hours to make a connection in Dublin. Is there anything interesting to do there to pass the time without getting too bored?

Thank you.

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User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Quoting Semsem (Thread starter):
Is there anything interesting to do there to pass the time without getting too bored?

Get the express airport bus and head downtown. 3-4 hours will give you plenty of time to spend around Temple Bar and other great sights. The airport itself? Not much, I am afraid.

Have a good trip.

Alex


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

6hrs, sheesh, go into the city!

It is about 30mins by bus and the cost is negligible. Just check-in for your flight if the desks are open upon your initial arrival at the airport. Alternatively if you must stay at the airport then there is a food court landside upstairs. Airside there isn't much in terms of entertainment but if you mean spotting then head down Pier B, a short walk from security. It is a satellite and there are semi decent views across to the runway and concourse. Pier C also offers good views to the runway.

Alternatively if you have OW status then use the EI Goldcircle lounge which is upstairs in Pier B. Good views from there over the runway and apron. You may also be able to buy a lounge pass for the Anna Livia Lounge which a number of airlines use, if you go through security turn left and there is a staircase on your left hand side opposite the large duty free store. It is at the top of there. You'll be able to get a drink, some nibbles, use the internet etc. It has windows but the views aren't too great.

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 1):
3-4 hours will give you plenty of time to spend around Temple Bar and other great sights.

Please don't go to Temple Bar. It is so faux Ireland  thumbsdown  Full of tourists, staffed by Eastern Europeans, definitely not worth the hype. Try Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery, Trinity College, Merrion Square Park, if you want to go to a real Irish bar then try O'Donoghues, although it probably won't get going until late evening.

[Edited 2006-01-18 17:07:02]


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User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

Quoting Semsem (Thread starter):
We have to wait 6 hours to make a connection in Dublin. Is there anything interesting to do there to pass the time without getting too bored?

There is nothing much to do in the airport.

I recomend going down town. Its about 30 mins by bus or taxi, but longer at rush hours, what time do you arrive? A taxi is about 20 euros, A Private bus is 7 euros ( www.aircoach.ie ), Public bus about 2 euros.

Bear in mind that the security ques can be huge when going through departures so allow plenty of time for this.

Dublin city centre is compact so you can see a lot of it in a few hours.

www.visitdublin.com/


User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6485 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 1):
Get the express airport bus and head downtown. 3-4 hours will give you plenty of time to spend around Temple Bar and other great sights. The airport itself? Not much, I am afraid.

Why not Guinness?

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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
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doesn't watching the Irish constitute entertainment in itself ?


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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

The Great Southern Hotel at the airport (free shuttle) www.gsh.ie does excellent lunches, and has a very relaxing lobby / bar area, so might be a good option. Otherwise head to the city centre, or hire a car, and drive to newgrange, a historical site about 30 minutes north of the airport.

http://www.knowth.com/newgrange.htm

This was built in 3200bc

Newgrange has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts 200,000 visitors per year. Access is by guided tour from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre located close to the village of Donore, Co. Meath. The last tour of Newgrange is 90 minutes before closing time of the Visitor Centre. Groups of 15 or more must book in advance.



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User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Definitely go into town (temple bar area). I always use the Aircoach to get from the airport to town. There's always one outside!


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User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

I've frequented the Big Tree on Drumcondra Road a few times. Have a few pints of the Black Stuff then go for a tour of Croke Park, which is the centrepiece of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association); take a tour round the museum and get a wee bit of history of the ancient sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football in Ireland. 10-15 mins on the bus from the airport on the way to the City Centre.

Just an idea of something different to do as opposed to the tourist trap that is, Guinness, Temple Bar etc....

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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 8):
Just an idea of something different to do as opposed to the tourist trap that is, Guinness, Temple Bar etc....

I spent new years eve in Temple Bar... being a honorary brit and stuff... No I didnt start a fight, or vomit over someone... that I remember.



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User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 9):

Don't get me wrong, so have I!

Was just thinking of something different that doesn't involve going all the way into town in case traffic congestion etc., that's all

And of course, squillions of peope all walking against you in your direction!

(That's the big off-putter for me when I've only got a few hours!)




[Edited 2006-01-18 17:39:25]


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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
Was just thinking of something different that doesn't involve going all the way into town in case traffic congestion etc., that's all

Thats why I suggested Newgrange - get out of the city, and see the real Ireland, not just another high street stuffed with the same stores.

(BTW - I'm from Dublin - living in London for 8 years)



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User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 11):
Thats why I suggested Newgrange

Good plan, but a bit "slow" (for my taste!)

(BTW - So am I, but living away from Ireland for 12 years now!)



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

The airport is the biggest hole in Europe, don't stay there. Go into the city, even if you're just walking about. Easy to get buses to and from, and cheap as others have said.

Trent.



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User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

Quoting Semsem (Thread starter):
We have to wait 6 hours to make a connection in Dublin. Is there anything interesting to do there to pass the time without getting too bored?

Good topic, my brother and I and traveling to Ireland, Lisbon, England & Spain this early May for 3 weeks and have to wait at DUB for 3hrs for another friend coming in on EI from LAX in the early afternoon. Thanks for the ideas you guys gave about what-to-do around DUB for awhile.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
Airside there isn't much in terms of entertainment but if you mean spotting then head down Pier B, a short walk from security. It is a satellite and there are semi decent views across to the runway and concourse. Pier C also offers good views to the runway.

Sounds cool, does DUB have good spotting early in the morning/late afternoon?



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User currently offlineDrP From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

Get a bus into town and jump on another to the Guinness Storehouse - well worth a visit and the views from the bar at the top are stunning  Smile


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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

I greatly appreciate all the responses. Thank you.

EI321 we arrive at 5.30 am and leave at 11.30 am.

In one direction we will stop in Dublin for 3 days. So we want to stay close to the airport. It would be too nerve wrecking to go into town, having to look at our watches every 5 minutes.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 14):
Sounds cool, does DUB have good spotting early in the morning/late afternoon?

Haven't a clue. I don't spot per se, I just happened to notice from the EI lounge which is upstairs in Pier B that there were good views over the apron, runway and you could see the aircraft on final approach too. I noticed a few FR 732s though, only because there were so damn noisy compared to everything else.



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User currently offlineEirjet From Ireland, joined Jul 2005, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 1):
Temple Bar and other great sights



Quoting A3204eva (Reply 7):
Definitely go into town (temple bar area)

As 100% Irish, Temple Bar is the worst place to let tourists go, it is full of other drunk tourists who think their soaking in the Irish culture - WAKE UP CALL - the only thing people soak in around temple bar is vomit.

The only people who like temple bar are stag and hen groups, but then again I have had the unpleasant experience of meeting these groups and they are the lowest of the low so do the right thing and spend the 6 hours in the airport if the only option people suggest is temple bar.

Eirjet



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 13):
The airport is the biggest hole in Europe

Yet again, the Irish swallow the britsh disease, and put down their country. DUB isn't the biggst hole in Europe - far from it. As someone who flies through DUB twice a week, its a pleasure to use. If anyone should be pissed off with DUB, its me.



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User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 14):
Good topic, my brother and I and traveling to Ireland, Lisbon, England & Spain this early May for 3 weeks

If you need information about what to visit in Lisbon, Dublin and even Spain let me know.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 16):
EI321 we arrive at 5.30 am and leave at 11.30 am.

that's going to be tough, you may try going to the city center, aircoach is 12 euro way and return ticket, but on the way back watchout for traffic (btw my fellows irish friends, I believe the tunnel on M1 is not completd yet). If you want to stay at the airport you can go to McDonalds, there are some good views to the runway.

On those 3 days you're going to stay in Dublin, I suggest you to go to Merrion Square, Trinity College, St Patrick's Cathedral, visit Dublinia, in terms of pubs I liked Sheehans, Hairy Lemon, O'Sullivan's. But if you have the chance rent a car a go out of Dublin, there are magnificient places to visit and very far from Dublin (Newgrange, Wiclow mountains, etc.)


User currently offlineKingGeo3 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 8):
I've frequented the Big Tree on Drumcondra Road a few times. Have a few pints of the Black Stuff then go for a tour of Croke Park, which is the centrepiece of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association

I 2nd the Big Tree, it was a favorite of me and my wife a few years back. On Drumcondra road, there is a great little restaurant by the DART station right about a grocery. It was a good time.

-KG3



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User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Quoting TAP1972 (Reply 20):
If you need information about what to visit in Lisbon, Dublin and even Spain let me know.

Yes please... I have lived and been to Europe before. Never to Ireland though. We will be there in May for 3 weeks come back home to the states and then return in late June/July for World Cup. Can you please email me places in Dublin, Ireland that I should go to. I believe we be in Ireland for 5-6days. Thanks mate.



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