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1 Day In Dublin, Help Me Out!

Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:07 pm

Hey everyone,

Pondering the thought of taking an overnight trip to Dublin Sunday, the 19th and returning the 21st to the states. I realize that I will not get to Dublin until the morning of the 20th. This is to burn some vacation passes I have from work and the flight loads look good. Isn't nonrev fun?  Smile Anyway, what would fill that day? Dublin castle? Stuff for the wife and I do to. She is not a drinker, so don't list a ton of pubs to check out. hehe. Would like somewhere central to stay that is mainly withing walking distance of main attractions and reasonably priced. What is public transit like? I was looking just now online at the Dublin pass which has airport transfers which would be nice.

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:14 pm



Quoting Fiveholer (Thread starter):
Would like somewhere central to stay that is mainly withing walking distance of main attractions and reasonably priced. What is public transit like? I was looking just now online at the Dublin pass which has airport transfers which would be nice.

Try the Park Inn at Smithfield its quite close to everywhere.

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:37 pm

I only travel to Dublin for business, so I can't advise on what to visit. However I do have a bit of advice on accomodations and travel:

The Jurys Inn Parnell St is just off O Connell Street (near the main shopping area) and is fairly reasonably priced. Usually about €90-100. Nothing fancy but clean and fairly new.

The Maldron Hotel Parnell Square (formerly Comfort Inn) is quite a bit nicer, but is about 5-10 mins further walk away. It is also in a similar price range. It is a lot more modern than the Jurys.

There is also one at Smithfield - highly rated on Tripadvisor but in my experience that is a well dodgy area (stayed there a few times). You will frequently run into the local "yoof" misbehaving themselves around there.

When you arrive in Dublin, get a one day Rambler bus pass for €6 - this includes your travel on the 747/748 Airlink express bus service, and unlimited bus travel for the rest of the day. You can buy another for the second day from the Dublin Bus office on O Connell Street. Buses in Dublin are very frequent and cheap - but beware - eating out is very, very expensive! And I am saying this as someone who lives in London...

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:38 pm

Dublin Castle is well worth a visit; the Chester Beatty Library is superb; the State Apartments may also be open when you are there and although I haven't been there, I believe they are well worth a visit (they are used for visiting dignitaries).

Once you're finished there, head down to Trinity College, which will be pretty much right ahead of you once you leave Dublin Castle and get onto Dame Street.

For shopping, try Grafton Street and the streets around there; there are two absolutely first rate bookshops - Waterstones and Hodges Figgis right opposite each other on Dawson St (just parallel to Grafton Street and indeed, directly opposite the side entrance to/exit from Trinity.

For eating, try Fitzers in the National Gallery or there's plenty of the up along Dawson Street, such as Milano (good for Italian). Otherwise - if it's a nice day - buy a sandwich and sit in St. Stephen's Green (wrap up well!) If you want a nice cup of afternoon tea and biccies, try the newly refurbished Shelbourne. That's on Kildare Stret (which is parallel to Dawson Street) ... if you walk further down, you'll see our parliament building - Leinster House.

Other ideas; if you turn left instead of right as you walk down Dame Street, towards Trinity, you will go around by the Bank of Ireland on College Green - a very impressive sight in its own right, then up Westmoreland Street towards O'Connell Bridge and O'Connell Street. This will take you to the North Side. There, I'm afraid , I must part company ... (Lions and tigers and bears, oh my ...) Joking apart (the lions were shot, the tigers were mugged and the bears have been admitted to a stress clinic), it's not that bad. Clery's is a well known department store and Easons is a very good shop for books, music and stationery. I think there is life towards the far end of O'Connell Street, but it's only rumour and few people have got back over the Liffey to tell the tale ...

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RE: 1 Day In Dublin, Help Me Out!

Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:58 pm

Or alternatively avoid doing what every other visitor to Ireland seems to do by heading straight to Dublin and jump on the Air Coach (a bus service) at the airport to Belfast - only takes about 2 hours and they leave every hour... I think it is about £12 return...

You will get to see a bit of the country and will avoid all the tourists... Though admittedly there is more to see in Dublin and Belfast is a bit depressing at this time of year!!

The Air Coach also heads to Cork and Galway - so possible alternatives there too... And no I am not a sales rep for Air Coach!!

Enjoy your trip!
 
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RE: 1 Day In Dublin, Help Me Out!

Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:28 pm

Well, looks as if we will be going barring my connecting flight to EWR keeps the 5 seats open. Couple accomodation questions. The Park Inn is one of two places to stay that I am looking at that seem to be very central. The other one is I think Isaac Inn which is across from the main bus station. The one which the 747 bus from the airport arrives/departs. Also, I have read about the Dublin Pass I think it is that gets you into everything. Does that include airport transfer or was that the Rambler? I don't remember and I am at work where most sites are blocked.  Sad

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RE: 1 Day In Dublin, Help Me Out!

Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:45 pm

Ok, once more. Looks as if we will pick up a Rambler pass for the bus. The attractive thing about me with Hotel Isaacs is that the bus station is right across the street. On the other hand, The Paramount Hotel is right in the middle of everything. I would assume the bus that will take us to the airport does not come by there? How far of a walk would it be to where it does. Honestly, I am leaning towards the Paramount.

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RE: 1 Day In Dublin, Help Me Out!

Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:22 pm

Don't worry about have to be close to the bus station. Anywhere around Parnell Square / Grafton Street / O Connell Street has practically every bus in Dublin running past it...and Dublin is quite a small city anyways. If anything, Dublin has too many buses with too few people on them it seems. From O Connell Street to the Guinness storehouse in good old dodgy D8, it is about a 35 minute walk or 15 mins on the bus. About 15 mins walk to Temple Bar (D2).

Taxis are not too expensive but are very variable in quality. You can get a 08 reg Merc S class or a clapped out '93 VW Jetta for the same price!

The Paramount looks good but there are a few complaints about the level of noise. Shouldn't be as bad on a week day though.
 
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RE: 1 Day In Dublin, Help Me Out!

Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:19 pm

Thanks everyone. Booked the Paramount. The Airport 748 bus stop is a 3 minute walk so this one was a no-brainer. Right in the middle of everything. Gonna be one quick trip! Ha! Now if the flight loads hold up. we are good to go.

Thanks,
Danny

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