Curtisman
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A Question For The Folks In Eire - DUB

Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:54 pm

Hiya!

Well I decided to finally make a brief trek to the land of my Mum's parents - yes Eire. I'm heading there in June for a brief visit - just enough to get a taste. I am also booked on 1 leg on Aer Lingus - I've always wanted to fly the big green plane with the Shamrock! Woohoo - another item to cross off my list.

I am on Aer Lingus 523 on June 19 from Paris arriving into DUB 1450. June 20 I am doing a Paddywagon tour of the south for 3 days. June 23 I am doing a day trip with Paddywagon up to Northern Ireland (my grandparents were from Belfast). I depart June 24 to New York.

So yes - a very brief visit but I do get to see a bit of Dublin on June 19 once I arrive for the afternoon and evening. I'm staying at the Ripley Court (wanted something local and near the bus).

What I'm wondering from you lot is what I should take in. I know there are heaps of sites on recommended tours and things to do in DUB but I would rather hear a suggestion from one of you locals. And I know you are on here - man alive the Irish are hot on the topic in the Pink thread! LOL

Cheers!
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RE: A Question For The Folks In Eire - DUB

Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:40 am

Some of the top tourist attractions

http://www.visitdublin.com/seeanddo/...linsTop10/DublinsTop10.aspx?id=246

Apart from all the usual historic stuff, you could always try something unusual, like the Viking Splash Tour. I believe it's great fun:

http://www.vikingsplash.ie/

or the Ghost Bus Tour

http://www.dublinks.com/index.cfm/lo...6D3-8160-48F7-BE3A53BC429AA6F1.htm

Or the mummies of St Michan's:

http://www.irelandforvisitors.com/articles/mummies_of_st_michans.htm

Or the top toursit attraction in the country (I've never been, so can't comment):

http://www.viator.com/tours/Dublin/S...-Entrance-Ticket/d503-2776GUINNESS

This site might help:

http://www.visitdublin.com/

And you could do a lot wose than just soak-up the atmosphere by just hanging around, stopping in a café (particularly the famous Bewley's on Grafton St) or bar here and there, and talking to locals. This is often much more interesting and fun than doing all the touristy things, no matter where you are, but particularly in Dubin. People love to talk, so engage youreslf in conversation with locals by asking advice wherever you go. They will only be too pleased to help a visitor.

As regards the pink stuff, don't hold your breath: Dragon and The George on St Great George's St are the two main venues, but don't get excited about either. Pantibar on Capel St has special nights (bears every thrid Saturday of the month) and can be interesting, but usually attracts an older clientele. The back section of The Front Lounge on Parliament St is also popular, as is the sauna The Boilerhouse on nearby Crane Lane. All are within ten minutes walking of each other, right in the city centre.
 
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RE: A Question For The Folks In Eire - DUB

Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:00 am

is your daytrip the northern island or just the belfast one? the shorter belfast one isnt worth it, u have 3 hours in belfast and then u head back to dublin, almost a waste of a day. Make it the tour that includes the causway etc.
 
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RE: A Question For The Folks In Eire - DUB

Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:22 am



Quoting Rsg85 (Reply 2):
is your daytrip the northern island or just the belfast one? the shorter belfast one isnt worth it, u have 3 hours in belfast and then u head back to dublin, almost a waste of a day. Make it the tour that includes the causway etc.

Ah yes - not just Belfast - definitely heading to the Causeway and all. The full on all day tour commencing at 5.45am!!
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RE: A Question For The Folks In Eire - DUB

Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:42 am

i did a shamrockers tour of ireland in 05 and absolutely loved the country. Can't comment on the paddywagon tours, but im sure you will have fun!

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