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1. Posted by LaBelle22 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi all,

My friend and I will be travelling to Dublin on the 27th dec till the 7th Jan..its our first time to Ireland so we're really keen on making the best of it..we're going to be staying at UCD..

1)are there any places of interest that have free entry or have a low price? I've heard alot about Temple Bar so I guess thats a good place to visit..

2)any other places to experience traditional Irish music?

3)Was hoping to visit the country side outside Dublin too..but I'm at a loss of how to get there..any specific spots you think we could go ?

4) Plus if we can visit a castle , that would be awesome!Any ideas of which ones we should pick?

4)Plus we will be in Dublin for New Year's..any particular events we should check out?

Would appreciate any sort of help on what to do in Dublin...im trying to come up with a 'free and easy' itinerary..its our first time there..so all the info on the net gets abit overwhelming..

Thanks alot for your help..really appreciate any reply to these questions.. Have a good Xmas and New Years!

2. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

Hi LaBelle, How did you get lodging at UCD? Can you only get a room when the students aren't there? Thanks! I hope you have a good trip!

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

hello

2)any other places to experience traditional Irish music?
yeah Temple Car is really touristsic so I always go to this great pub in the North Edn away from all the shananigans and tourists. Its called "the Celts" and is a wee pub just off a street that runs perpendicular to Oconnell Street. Im sorry i dont know the name but ive been twice and love it. Old Irish pub with live sessions and small crowds :)

3)Was hoping to visit the country side outside Dublin too..but I'm at a loss of how to get there..any specific spots you think we could go ?

The Hill of Tara is cool! and NewGrange (both have buses goin and only 1 hr from Dublin. Glendalough (sp) is nice too!

4) Plus if we can visit a castle , that would be awesome!Any ideas of which ones we should pick?

Blarney Castle is great!

4. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

Temple Bar is not a bar, it is a square in the centre of town which houses a lot of pubs/bars etc.
Not much free or cheap in Temple Bar.
Up from Temple Bar is Grafton Street, which is like the 'high street' of Dublin town. 'Free' window shopping and listening to the buskers (street musicians) play.
Grafton street ends at St Stephen's Green, which is a lovely park where you can sit and feed the ducks. That is free.
You really need to go the Tourist Office as soon as you're settled in. (Ask the Information desk at Dublin Airport for the location of the Tourist Office). But the Tourist Information Office tends to be crowded (you have to choose a 'question category', take a number and wait), so pack some juice or mineral water when you go and relax.
At the Irish Film Centre in Temple Bar you can see art movies for slightly less than commercial movies. The nearest 'green area' to Dublin is Wicklow. There are buses about 1 a hour going there or there are hikers clubs organising hikes - look in the personal ads of the newspapers eg the Herals or maybe the tourist office will know. The tourist office can also tell you where to book for the 'Musical Pub Crawl' or the 'Literary Pub Crawl'.
In addition there's a double-decker bus that does a short tour of Dublin city. It is structured flexibly i.e. you can get on, get off.

A tour to the Guinness museum is also worthwhile.

Ask at your backpackers for more current and on-the-street or 'happening' tips.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

yeah there is actually pub in Temple bar area called "Temple Bar" - but i was referring to the entire square as well. The Foggy Dew is a great pub in temple bar...by the way

6. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

Quoting jeffG

yeah there is actually pub in Temple bar area called "Temple Bar" - but i was referring to the entire square as well. The Foggy Dew is a great pub in temple bar...by the way

Yeha I forgot about the pub called Temple Bar too
There is a great pub to the right of Temple Bar (area!) full of gleaming copper but I just cannot remeber its name go figure
(And the Bad Ass Cafe where Sinead O' Connor used to work is also in Temple Bar)

7. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

P.S. www.dublinpubscene.com/hotstuff/newyears.html