I'm going to be in Dublin for two days next month, and I was hoping you clever peeps could suggest some interesting, quick (I'd like to fit a lot in!), and (hopefully) cheap things to do.
Also, I hope to use this trip for a photo project I'm working on, so a mention of any really photogenic spots would be lovely!
i know they're cheesy, but you should definitely go on one of the dublin city bus tours. they bring you to all the main tourist spots in - and you can hop on and off the bus at your leisure to take photos when and where you want. the most popular places are the national museum (free i think), trinity college (also free - apart from the museum building) and the Guinness Brewery.
in terms other stuff to do, you should get the dart (train) out to killiney and take a walk down around there - some fairly nice scenery, and if you have the time, take the dart the other way, and go out to howth - it's a real old fishing village, and you could get some nice pics in that neck of the woods.
also, the phoenix park is very nice. it's the largest enclosed park in europe, and there's loads to see there. if you're looking to take specific types of photos, let me know and I'll try and point you in teh right direction.
There is a pretty cool event happening in Dublin right now. Started last July 20 and will end in August 26, the Dublin's Summer of Love Festival was launched at The Porterhouse in Parliament Street, Dublin 2. There are over 200 beers from around the world for visitors and travelers to sample. Here are the dates my friend from Dublin gave me:
Switzerland Day on August 1st 2005,
Jamacia Day on August 5th 2005,
Singapore Day on August 9th 2005,
Fair Trade Day, August 14th 2005,
Hungary Day on August 20th,
Ukraine Day on August 24th 2005
Slovakia Day on August 29th 2005.
Popular photogenic spots include St. Stephen's Green Park, Halfpenny Bridge, Grand Canal, Royal Canal, National Botanic Gardens, Phoenix Park, and last but not the least is the Dublin Mountains (you can see the surrounding from the summit of Mount Pelier above the Killakee Road.)
And if it happen that you're Dublin trip, you can go to the west of Ireland specifically in Galway.
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the guinness brewery is definatly worth checking out and the bar there is the highest building in dublin and you have 360 degree views of the city. that whole area is cobbled and very photogenic.
if you have time you could head out to powerscourt gardens in wicklow. its where they filmed parts of 'the count of monte cristo' and 'the league of gentlemen' film.
if it was me i would head to mulligans pub behind the screen cinema near tara st staion and never leave for the 2 days i was in dublin.
mmmmm beer. i really miss proper irish pubs.will be home soon though.