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Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:25 pm

The GF and I are headed to Dublin in late May as an end of semester/dropping out of grad school trip. Given an airfare that borders on ridiculously cheap I couldn't say no to the idea.

We've already gotten some input from another friend who spent the summer studying law a year back, but I am hoping for some more input from my fellow a.netters and locals.

Couple of things I am looking for. Given that we only have three full days I'd like to know if there is one place outside of Dublin that I must go to and is easily doable as a daytrip via train or coach. Second I am looking for advice on where to stay in Dublin, ideally some place centrally located, especially for nightlife stuff. As long as the weather is good I'd want to be able walk around as much as possible. Thus far the only place I found that seemed well located (a Days Inn near Temple Bar) was a touch on the pricey side. So suggestions as to specific hotels would be much appreciated.

Thanks a bunch
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:35 pm

I will be there from April 3-12, I'll shoot you a PM when I get back, let you know what I find. Although I'm sure the Irish members here will provide you with more info before I get back.
What airline are you flying?

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Quoting Max550 (Reply 1):
What airline are you flying?

Flying out on CO126 and back on CO127.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:36 pm

Yeah we will give you some info, but what dates are you here and what is expensive for you. The Morgan hotel is right in the middle of temple bar, has a good name for itself, but im not sure about the cost. Im sure you could get a good deal though. I would reccomend renting a car for the day and going either along the South East coast to see powerscourt Gardens and the wicklow mts or North east to see the Giants Causeway. Or maybe going west to meath to see Newgrange. Thats quite fasicinating if you are into old buriel graves and the likes. Just google any of those or ask for more info. No point really going to the west coast for a day as its a bit to far and two much to see for one day!!!
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:02 pm

The Southwest of Ireland is beautiful in the Spring. Not that other parts aren't, but it seems that the terrain is a bit more varied in that area.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:15 pm

You should take a day trip down to the Killarney area its very scenic (you could fly DUB-KIR with FR  Wink ).
 
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Quoting F1eddie (Reply 3):
Yeah we will give you some info, but what dates are you here and what is expensive for you.

May 20-24th.... so only 3 full days and the partial day when we arrive. So that kinda puts the dampers on doing a day trip. Well more that she isn't too keen on it.

As for expensive... I think keeping the lodging at or below 100 Euro a day would be ok. Though the cheaper the better. But I wouldn't sacrifice location for price.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 5):
(you could fly DUB-KIR with FR Wink ).

I saw some of the advance purchase fares on Ryanair for flights to Cork and Kerry. How they make money on 22 Euro airfares is beyond me... which is I guess why they want to charge you to take a piss onboard. But for what I paid for my ticket on CO I have got to wonder how they make money off of a loss-leader like that too.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:08 pm

Three days? I would rent a car and drive to the West. Connemara, Dingle, Ring of Kerry, Moher cliffs, Donegal, there's plenty of nice sceneries to see.

If you want to stick around Dublin, I'd suggest you drive to the Wicklow mountains, just South of the city. Glendalough, Powerscourt gardens, Sally gap, nice and wild landscapes there. Of course, you should make a stop at Johnny Fox's to have a nice pint of Guinness. A bit touristic, but a really charming pub.

If you want to see something older than the Great pyramids of Giza, you should go to Newgrange in county Meath. Not really impressive per se, but still a nice experience.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:22 pm



Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
Dublin that I must go to and is easily doable as a daytrip via train or coach



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 6):
So that kinda puts the dampers on doing a day trip. Well more that she isn't too keen on it.

Are those two statements not contradicting themselves

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 5):
You should take a day trip down to the Killarney area its very scenic (you could fly DUB-KIR with FR ).

I was thinking this two, but its a bit two much of a rush. What happens if he gets stuck on the small roads and the likes. I think it would be two much for a day trip including flights

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 6):
I have got to wonder how they make money off of a loss-leader like that too

Its MOL and FR. Enough said

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
If you want to stick around Dublin, I'd suggest you drive to the Wicklow mountains, just South of the city. Glendalough, Powerscourt gardens, Sally gap, nice and wild landscapes there. Of course, you should make a stop at Johnny Fox's to have a nice pint of Guinness. A bit touristic, but a really charming pub.

If you want to see something older than the Great pyramids of Giza, you should go to Newgrange in county Meath. Not really impressive per se, but still a nice experience.

See two people saying the same thing. Good advice there.
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:04 am

http://www.camdendeluxehotel.com

This hotel is a little bit under E400 but it is extremely well locted. It may be a little it noisy though

http://www.camdencourthotel.com/

This is a little bit over E400 but again is very well located.

http://www.d4hotels.com/

Delta used to put there flight attendants up in one of these hotels. These are a landmark 4 or 5 star hotels which has been bought out to develop into apartements and the likes. But as we are having a massive drop in the property prices they decided to open up the hotels again at a greatly reduced price. They are amazing value and the one i looked at was E75 a night. Great price compared to what it would have been once. Its a bit out though. Maybe a 10minute walk to grafton street, which is in turn 5-10mins from temple bar!!

Heres a good link for stuff to do in irelands east coast.
http://www.discoverireland.ie/eastcoast.aspx

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Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:21 am

You'll be lucky to get somewhere central under 100 euro a night, but you can, if you try! Try the Kildare Street Hotel (on GTAhotels) which have rooms on the nights you are looking for at 75 euro each for Wed and Thur, and 93 for Fri and Sat. It's close to Trinity College and five minutes' walk from Temple Bar.

Or the Bridge House on Parliament Street (same site) which has rooms available for 63+63+132+132 euro the same nights. You're actually in Temple Bar here.

Or try Isaac's Hotel (on Booking.com) where you'll get a four night package for 313 euro. This hotel is very convenient for airport transfers (the bus terminus is just around the corner) and less than ten minutes' walk to Temple Bar.

Sorry I haven't got any more info at the mo, will post some more for you tomorrow as it's late now. You can do a day trip easily, and I'd recommend Powerscourt, as someone else already has, or the coastal town of Dalkey, just half an hour by train from the city centre. I'll give you more details tomorrow.

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Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:21 am

About an hour or so southwest of Dublin is the Irish National Stud Farm and Japanese Gardens. This is where they breed Irish racehorses. It's worth a visit if you want a chance to see something interesting and take in some of the countryside.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...nal_Stud-Tully_County_Kildare.html
 
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:25 pm

With only three days and probably a lot of jetlag why not stay in Dublin and have a Guiness in a variety of different pubs. You could also concentrate on researching your family roots.

There is a lot to be said for sitting back, taking it easy and watching the world go by.
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:28 pm



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 6):
How they make money on 22 Euro airfares is beyond me...

Well the DUB-KIR are heavily subsidised by the government.

Quoting F1eddie (Reply 8):
I was thinking this two, but its a bit two much of a rush.

Ah they're only young let them enjoy the experience  Silly
 
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:11 pm

It'll be difficult to see much of the west coast in one day. Many of the main attractions like Dingle, the ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Lough Derg, and Connemara are spread very far apart and it will be impossible to see them all in a day. If you do decide to head west, you'll need to rent a car. Don't be relying on buses, trains etc to take you to these places  Smile

Since your only in Ireland for 3 days, it's probably best to stay closer to Dublin and the east coast to be honest. Visiting the attractions along the west coast is more time consuming since the the road connections aren't as good, and will not be a very enjoyable experience if your rushing around, or worse still if you get lost "in the middle of nowhere"!
 
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:39 pm

Thanks for starting this thread - I am hoping to go to DUB in September (from ORD) and had the same questions as you.

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
Given an airfare that borders on ridiculously cheap I couldn't say no to the idea.

Mind if I ask what fare you got? The cheapest I'm finding for my dates (9/22-28) is $640/person r/t  Sad
 
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:48 pm



Quoting F1eddie (Reply 8):
Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
Dublin that I must go to and is easily doable as a daytrip via train or coach



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 6):
So that kinda puts the dampers on doing a day trip. Well more that she isn't too keen on it.

Are those two statements not contradicting themselves

Well I started the thread and then replied to it after I talked with the GF. I was probably the one more keen on doing a day trip.

Quoting EI320 (Reply 14):
Since your only in Ireland for 3 days, it's probably best to stay closer to Dublin and the east coast to be honest.

Yeah, came to that conclusion as well. 3.5 days is probably just scratching the surface of Dublin. Just gotta deal with finding a place to stay but it seems like something close to Temple Bar is ideal for us. Just finding the right place for the right place seems like the tricky part. I'll look into the place F1Eddie and Braybuddy pointed out.

Quoting Chase (Reply 15):
Mind if I ask what fare you got? The cheapest I'm finding for my dates (9/22-28) is $640/person r/t Sad

I booked directly on Continental's website. I normally search on Kayak.com and go from there. Base fare on CO out of Newark was $220 before taxes. Which was cheaper than the fare we had originally found out of JFK via AMS. TBH September may still be too far out to find an elcheapo fare. I just got REALLY lucky.
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:26 pm

I reckon if you only have a couple of days you should stick around the Dublin area (as others have said)... Plenty to do - Trinity College (including Book of Kells and the Library), Kilmainham Prison, various museums and galleries and of course plenty of pubs are all popular...

Having said that, for a day out and a chance to see some of the countryside, I would suggest getting the bus to Belfast. Tickets are cheap(ish) and it takes about 2-3 hours.

Spend a few hours in Belfast and take an open top bus tour from the City centre which is a great way of seeing all the 'sights' in a few hours. This will show you the city centre, shipyard where the Titanic was built, Northern Ireland Parliament buildings and a few other places...

Alternatively you can take a Black Taxi tour (basically a London style cab) and go and look at the political murals in West Belfast (which tourists seem to love to do)

An early morning bus from Dublin would give you all day in Belfast and allow travel time back to Dublin that evening... You could also take the train but it is a lot more expensive...

Talking of expensive - brace yourself because you don't get much bang for your buck in Ireland, north or south.
 
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Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:27 pm



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
I'll look into the place F1Eddie and Braybuddy pointed out.

Braybuddy gave me some advice for my trip over there, and he didn't steer me wrong.
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Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 10):
You can do a day trip easily, and I'd recommend Powerscourt, as someone else already has, or the coastal town of Dalkey

I'd totally agree with Braybuddy. And to remain slightly more relaxed and go with his second suggestion of Dalkey.
So my suggestion for you would be stay in Dublin city. For a trip outside the city, but nothing tiring, I suggest the following itinerary:
Take the DART (local train "Dublin Area Rapid Transit") which is a green train along the coast. take it to Dun Laoghaire. This is a relatively large seaside town about 20 minutes on the train south of Dublin. The town, is nice enough, but I would suggest getting of the train and taking a small/quick look at the main road (shopping area) just oppostite the railway station, by the townhall heading up Marine Road. Then walk along the coast (exiting Dun Laoghiare DART station, turn left), and maybe if the weather's nice, take a stroll down the pier (Dun Laoghaire has a large harbour/marina) then continue in the same direction towards Sandycove. Half-way there, just over the road over the DART line is "People's Park", a small yet nice park, and not sure if it's Saturday or Sundays, but has a brilliant morning market. Along the coast at Sandycove is the James Joyce museum. Unless you're big into literature, head up into Glasthule village before reaching the small James Joyce museum and take the DART to Killiney... Just 3 stops further south on the line. The journey offers splendid views of the Killiney coastal area and south towards Co. Wicklow. Very pictureque. The station is at Killiney beach, on leaveing the station, turn right and walk along the narrow road by Killiney beach, which then will head slightly upwards (some stunning houses, and you'll pass Bono's (U2) house (bound to see a few tourists snapping photos of the gates, you can't see much more of it!)... then join Vico Road, and continue to the end enjoying the wonderful coastal views and lovely houses. This area is often referred to the Sorrento of Ireland given the coastal views and lovely,a nd usually brightly painted and vary large houses. Head then towards Dalkey village, a great little village full of great restaurants, cafés and restaurants. Perhaps have a drink, then dinner in Dalkey in the evening and head back to Dublin on the DART.
Please feel free to PM me if this sounds appealing to you, I know the area well.

Enjoy Dublin!

Quoting Babybus (Reply 12):
There is a lot to be said for sitting back, taking it easy and watching the world go by.

Must say, I couldn't agree more. That's the sort of tourism I live. And the only way that allows you to truly soak up the local atmosphere.
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Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:26 am



Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
Given an airfare that borders on ridiculously cheap

Could we know which airline that is? I have family in USA who I'd like to get over for a family meet-up in Ireland. With a cheap fare they can't say no.

Like others here I'd say getting to the west of Ireland in those 3 days would be a waste of time. It's a long drive and you won't have time to absorb the atmosphere. It might also be raining and you will be limited to what you can do.
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Quoting Babybus (Reply 20):
Could we know which airline that is



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 2):
Flying out on CO126 and back on CO127.

 
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Quoting Babybus (Reply 12):
There is a lot to be said for sitting back, taking it easy and watching the world go by.


Couldn't agree more! Some people feel they have to cram everything they can into a short break, but I love just hanging about and soaking up the atmosphere of a new city: a coffee here, a pint there, just watching people and the world go by. However, if the weather's fine and you do feel like getting away from the city, the number 44c bus from the city centre (Trinity College, I think) will take you in an hour or so to the picturesque village of Enniskerry in County Wicklow.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Braybuddy/untitled2-4.jpg

which is a great place to go for a bite to eat, either in the village or the nearby Powercourt Gardens (a short walk up the hill at the back of the pic).

http://www.zanzig.com/travel/ireland-photos/0817-005.htm

You have to pay to get into the gardens (around 8 euro, I think) but you can stroll in the grounds for free, just tell them on the gate that you're going to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel or the garden center, where there's a restaurant you can eat outdoors.

And as I keep telling people who come to Dublin, don't be afraid to look for advice or strike up conversation with anyone you're dealing with, either in shops, bars or restaurants, or whoever's sitting at the next table. People are only too happy to help a visitor.

And, of course, on the downside, take the usual safety precautions. Dublin is probably one of the safest capitals to visit, but tourist crime is not unknown. Don't be paranoid of course, but just take the precautions you would take in any large city and you'll be fine.

Any more questions just ask.
 
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Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:19 pm

i assume you are not looking at staying in a hostel..
 
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Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 23):
i assume you are not looking at staying in a hostel..

You would be correct. I am well beyond the staying in hostel days.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 22):
And, of course, on the downside, take the usual safety precautions. Dublin is probably one of the safest capitals to visit, but tourist crime is not unknown. Don't be paranoid of course, but just take the precautions you would take in any large city and you'll be fine.

Dublin seems like a very approachable city and nowhere near as intimidating as London or Paris. It certainly helps that it is considerably smaller but still has most of the big city amenities and good transit.
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Quoting DesertJets (Reply 24):
It certainly helps that it is considerably smaller but still has most of the big city amenities and good transit.

While transport is adequate with an an extensive bus network and also train and tram lines, traffic is appalling at times, the result of poor planning over the years, so do not take any timetables seriously. The bus/tram/train will come, but most likely not at the advertised time.  Smile

You might also find these articles useful:  drunk 

http://www.avalon-house.ie/pubs.php

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2007/aug/06/dublin.bars
 
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Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:26 am

Hey! Do y'all have any recommendations, especially a place to people watch during Good Friday in Dublin?
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Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 26):
Hey! Do y'all have any recommendations, especially a place to people watch during Good Friday in Dublin?

Oh Jesus . . . Good Friday and Christmas Day are the two deadest days in the country. EVERYWHERE closes! Leave it with me and I'll see if I can find SOMETHING you can do.
 
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I just came back from a weekend in Dublin. We stayed in the Ibis hotel, which is a 20 minute tram ride from the centre. For central hotels, there are 2x Jurys Inn (one of them is opposite Christchurch Cathedral and the Dublinia museum).

Whilst there, you have to visit the Guinness brewery! Maybe the Jameson distillery too. Have a coffee at Bewley's on Grafton St as well.

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Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:54 am



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 27):
Oh Jesus . . . Good Friday



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 26):
Good Friday

IIRC the pubs are closed on Good Friday ?? Go North lol...
 
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
IIRC the pubs are closed on Good Friday ?? Go North lol...

EVERYWHERE closes on Good Friday! (at least at night). Some shops will be open during the day, but may have restricted opening hours. Once the evening comes, the country turns into a dead zone! It's a throwback to the days when the Catholic Church ran the country, and the restrictive laws have never been repealed, much to the annoyance of most people. It's impossible to buy alcohol on the day, unless you are resident in a hotel that has a bar or restaurant. It's a night for staying in your hotel, I'm afraid, either at the bar or watching TV in your room. Or you can do as OA says and head to Belfast for the day.



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 26):
Hey! Do y'all have any recommendations, especially a place to people watch during Good Friday in Dublin?

Try St Stephen's Green at the top of Grafton Street, or Merrion Squre, two manicured parks in the heart of the city, or one of the pavement cafés on South William St (parallel to Grafton St) or nearby. Temple Bar isn't great for outdoor cafés, I don't know why, but a good indorr café is Bewley's on Grafton St as Signol says (that's if any of these are open, I can't say for certain).

And again, as I mentioned to DesertJets, DO strike-up conversation with people wherever you go: people love to exchange light hearted (and sometimes more serious) banter with strangers. Current hot topics include the recession and rugby, and, of course there's always the weather to comment on or ask about. Seeing you're American you could ask locals what they think of Barak Obama. You're guaranteed a positive (possibly gushing) response, and engaging people in conversation like this is a great way to get a little insight into a different culture. If you want a livelier conversation, ask people what they think of the current government . . .
 
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Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:19 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 30):
It's a night for staying in your hotel, I'm afraid, either at the bar or watching TV in your room.

Or you could try going to church  Wink

Any time I'm in Ireland I always make of point of going. Dunno, just seems the right thing to do. It is Easter afterall. Big grin
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Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:37 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 25):
You might also find these articles useful: drunk

Very useful... not too much of a drinker, but when in Rome....


Are the tours at Jameson and Guinness worth it? To be honest never really have gotten into whiskey and don't really like Guinness. I think both of them are somewhat pricey too, which is why I am leaning away from doing those. Would much rather go to a good pub and do a tasting flight of whiskeys or have a pint, then do some touristy tour.
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Quoting DesertJets (Reply 32):
Are the tours at Jameson and Guinness worth it?

To be honest I don't know as I've never done them. I'll have to leave this one to the tourists here! I've never heard any complaints about the Guinness one. Apparently it's the top tourist attraction in the country, so it must have something going for it. You can save a little by booking online for €12.60.

http://www.viator.com/Dublin/d503-ttd

I haven't done this one either, but a friend has and she says it's great fun:

http://www.vikingsplash.ie/buy-tickets.php

although it's pricier at 20 euro. It leaves from Stephen's Green at the top of Grafton St.

Here are some of the city's bus tours:

http://194.106.151.179/sightseeing/index.aspx

If you're on a budget you can always visit the National Museum in Kildare St, which is free. Here you'll find artefacts from prehistoric times through to the Middle Ages and up to the War of Independence.

Also free, and worth a look if you're feel like some culture, is the National Gallery on Merrion Sq, again free, but make sure you take-in the unstuffy new wing, which is a great place for a coffee or a bite to eat.
 
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RE: Ireland In May -- Where To Go, What To Do...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:42 pm

You'll need to eat, of course, but you'll find resaurants generally dearer than back home. That said, you can get good value by going for the early bird menu that most restaurants offer, typically between 5.30 and 7pm.

Shebeen Chic near the bottom of George's St (South Great George's St on maps, but everyone calls it George's St) does traditional Irish food and isn't bad value (by Dublin prices) at all, and they even do a lunch menu for €9.99. The place is quirkily decorated with the contents of a skip (I'm serious) and there's usually a good atmosphere in the place.

http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/hq/chic-and-cheerful-1524669.html

For really good value, and if you like oriental fusion cuisine, check out Mao on Chatham Row (off the top of Grafton St), where you'll get great food without breaking the bank. You can't book, so on busy nights you'll just have to wait for a table.

http://www.cafemao.com/

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Or if steaks are your thing, the best value in town is in the Buenos Aires Grill. The steaks here really are delicious.

http://www.buenosairesgrill.ie/

It's on Castle Way, just off George's St and just ten minutes' walk from Temple Bar.

And if you're really skint by now, walk up to the end of Dame St (away from Trinity College), turn left onto Werburgh St just before you come to Christ Church Cathedral, and you'll find the oldest, and most famous, chipper in the city, Burdocks. Their fish and chips are without doubt the best in town, and they haven't changed in 100 years, although if you're paranoid about your health it's best avoided: they use animal fats for frying. which is why the chips taste so good. Still, a portion isn't going to give you a heart attack, and a bag of chips will set you back just €2.95 (that's probably all you need, unless you're absolutely ravenous). It's take-away only, but I believe there is a sit down branch in the Epicurean Hall on Liffey St, just north of the river.

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Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:38 am

Thanks y'all for the info!

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 27):

Oh Jesus . . . Good Friday and Christmas Day are the two deadest days in the country.

Yup, that's what I get for choosing Dublin during Good Friday and Paris during Easter Sunday, which were dirt cheap to fly!

I'm also in Dublin on Holy Thursday. What time would pubs close then?
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Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:37 am



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 35):
I'm also in Dublin on Holy Thursday. What time would pubs close then?

Different pubs have different closing times, but none of them will be allowed serve alcohol after 12 midnight. I would suggest doing some mingling: collar every person you can and tell them you're a visitor and ask where you can go on Good Friday. You just MIGHT get an invite to one of the many house parties taking place on the day.  Smile
 
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Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:59 pm



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 35):
Yup, that's what I get for choosing Dublin during Good Friday

It's a bummer, as you say in the States. Apart form some shops, cafés and restaurants, everywhere else will be closed, including cinemas, theatres and even musuems. If it's a nice day I would suggest getting up as early as you can and doing your sightseeing, and maybe even taking a trip out of the city by bus (see my post on Enniskerry above), or to the ancient monastic settlement at Glendalough, about an hour and a half out of the city.

http://www.glendalough.ie/

You can get there directly by bus, which leaves at 11.30am just of Stephen's Green:

http://www.glendaloughbus.com/

The main entrance is through the visitor's centre, which will probably be closed, but anyone who's not a tourist bypasses the centre and continues on around by the side of the hotel, where there's an old arch. You can get in here for free, and once you've seen the ancient ruins, cross the stream and walk around to the right up to the lake. That way you'll probably be tired by the time you get back to your hotel and will be glad of an early night.

Just make sure to check the time of the last bus back.  Smile
 
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Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:59 pm

Glendalough is definitely your best choice for a day outside of Dublin. A nice long, relaxing walk in such an interesting place.

That would be my number one choice.
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Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:17 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 34):
George's St



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 34):
George's St

You like Georges Street lol...
 
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Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 34):

I think Dawson Street is a great place to eat out, and not too pricey either. At least I think it's Dawson Street. Where's the Mansion House, cause I (believe) I saw a number of nice places there.

Also, a night at the National Concert Hall would be an evening well spent, but just don't buy anything other than tickets and a program once indoors, although the music shop is worth a visit. Collins Barracks is worth a visit also, it's a military museum and quite interesting.
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Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:44 am



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 22):
And as I keep telling people who come to Dublin, don't be afraid to look for advice or strike up conversation with anyone you're dealing with, either in shops, bars or restaurants, or whoever's sitting at the next table. People are only too happy to help a visitor.

Sounds just my type of place. Now you've got me wanting to visit Dublin as well.  cloudnine 
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 39):
You like Georges Street lol...

Sure! It's great, with the excecption of one establishment which shall remain nameless. But it does begin with a G and end with an E . .

Quoting EISHN (Reply 40):
I think Dawson Street is a great place to eat out, and not too pricey either. At least I think it's Dawson Street. Where's the Mansion House, cause I (believe) I saw a number of nice places there

There are a couple of nice restaurants on Dawson St, but they wouldn't be great if you're on a budget. Not too pricey, as you say, but not the cheapest either. I would say Bleu Bistro near the top end would be the best value.

http://www.ireland-guide.com/establishment/bleu_cafe_bistro.4248.html

Quoting EISHN (Reply 40):
Also, a night at the National Concert Hall would be an evening well spent, but just don't buy anything other than tickets and a program once indoors, although the music shop is worth a visit. Collins Barracks is worth a visit also, it's a military museum and quite interesting

Agree, but neither will be open on Good Friday.

Quoting TSS (Reply 41):
Sounds just my type of place. Now you've got me wanting to visit Dublin as well.

Only thing is that (even in these recessionary times) there are still plenty of foreigners (mostly eastern European) working in the city and they might be more reserved and lack knowledge of the city. But if you do come across a local they will enjoy passing a few words with you. As a tourist, you'll be expected to have an opinion of the city/country, and not necessarily all positive, so don't be afraid to speak your mind about what you've seen or done. Saying nothing, or having no opinion on anything, would be considered strange in a country where everyone has an opinion on everthing.

Oh and I almost forgot, if you really are on a budget and have to resort to fast food, ignore McDonald's and Burger King and head for one of the '50s-themed Eddie Rockets, slightly dearer, but well worth checking out, and their buffalo wings are decicious!

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Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:18 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 42):
But it does begin with a G and end with an E . .

Totally agree. It should be flattened. Full of freaks and loosers.
 
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Quoting Oa260 (Reply 43):
Totally agree. It should be flattened.

Preferably with the clientele still inside . . .

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 26):
especially a place to people watch during Good Friday in Dublin?

SUCCESS AT LAST! Obviously operating under a special licence, there is one place open and serving alcohol on the day:

http://www.lapeniche.ie/

It's a barge on the Grand Canal, about a twenty minute walk from the city centre. But it's going to be busy so you'd need to book early.

One more restaurant recommendation, if you want somewhere nice, with character and atmosphere, as well as good food, is the Winding Stair right in the city centre, beside the Ha'penny Bridge.

http://www.winding-stair.com/content...rg/windingstair/pages/bookshop.htm
 
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Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 44):
Preferably with the clientele still inside . .

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:14 am

One last question for the time being.

Looking at places to stay and its a bit of a toss up between the Temple Bar/Trinity College area. Plus is that it is close to everything, but downside from a lot of the hotel reviews is the noise.

So there are a few options further south by St. Stephen's Green and along/near Grafton St. Is it worth taking a look down in this part of town?
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Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:44 am



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 46):
Looking at places to stay and its a bit of a toss up between the Temple Bar/Trinity College area. Plus is that it is close to everything, but downside from a lot of the hotel reviews is the noise.

Right in the heart of things. Temple bar is very touristy, so yes it will consistently be busy, which may be noisy for hotel dwellers in that area

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 46):
So there are a few options further south by St. Stephen's Green and along/near Grafton St. Is it worth taking a look down in this part of town?

Grafton street and st Stephens green are both a must. They are the main shopping areas and also nearer where the locals would go out. We tend to stay away from temple bar. I would prefer there as you are only a maximum 10 minute walk from temple bar and it would be far quieter. Both temple bar and Grafton street areas are very near trinity college which is also a tourist attraction in the city. Also Dawson street would be near here as well which is a good spot for pubs/nightclubs etc etc.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:38 pm



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 46):
Looking at places to stay and its a bit of a toss up between the Temple Bar/Trinity College area. Plus is that it is close to everything, but downside from a lot of the hotel reviews is the noise.

This place is just five minutes' walk from Temple Bar so would be quieter, and it's good value for the city centre, at around 89 euro per night:

http://www.trinitycapitalhotel.com/index.asp

Going back to Good Friday, if you really are desperate for a drink, you could seek out one of the mainline rail stations, where there are bars. Travellers with a valid train ticket are allowed buy alcohol on the day.

Or you could take your chances in Galway: last year several restaurants broke the law and served alchol to cusomers. They ended-up in court for their trouble, but the judge threw the cases out. She said the law was "ridiculous".

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