I'll be in Dublin tomorrow and Tuesday. Haven't read my Lonely Planet yet (intend to do so on the flight over). What are the must-see sights, what's unique about Dublin, what's special? (Particular in a non-touristy sense.)
Are there any particularly green parks, any historical buildings that you just really have to see from every angle, any hills to stand on for sunset, ...?
Guess I should've asked slightly earlier. Oh well, I'll just go and find out for myself.
there are loads of great places in and around Dublin to take great pictures.In Dublin City itself there are loads of Georgian parks and architercture-make sure you head to Merrion Square.Trinty College and The Old Central Bank(Old Parliment House) are very popular with tourists and are probably two of the finest buildings in Dublin.Make sure you head to Grafton Street and St Stephen's Green.Christchurch Cathedral and St Patricks Cathedral are a must especially for phothagraphy.The oldest medieval church in Dublin-St Michens is also a must.Phoenix Park is also great for pictures-there are wild deer that live here.You could get most of these major sites done in one day.
Outside of Dublin City, I would head to Glendalough, which is about 1 hr away from Dublin.I'ts a 8th Century monastic settlement set in spectacular settings.From Glendalough you should then head to Powerscourt which is a former protestant Ascendency Mansion with Gardens and lakes etc.Powerscourt has spectacular views of the Wicklow Mts.There's also a waterfall located here.If you have more time take the Dart from the City Centre and head to Howth and Malahide which are very nice seaside towns in Dublin's northern suburbs.Oh almost forgot-take the tram on the red line to get to kilmainham gaol-it's a must for any visiter to Dublin-it's qiute close to the Guinness Hop Store as well, which is where you will get some of the best views of Dublin from the observation deck!
Just thought-instead of heading to the Wicklow Mts , you could maybe visit the Valley of the Boyne.Here you'll find huge burial tombs that are over 5000 years old-Newgrange, Nowth and Dowth.This whole area is a World Heritage Site.Here you can also visit the hill of Tara-which is the location of the seat of the ancient kings of Ireland.The Valley of The Boyne is quite close to dublin and it's really easy to get to-you might be better off just taking one of the tourist buses which are advertised everywhere.While in the area you could visit Trim Castle-where Braveheart was filmed-and Slane Castle.Check your map!Again you could get all these sites done in a day, although you may need to rent a car for the day and travel up the M3 motorway.The Valley of The Boyne is loacated about 1 hr 30 mins from Dublin City Centre-take the M50 then the M3 or M1 motorways.