Hello! I am about to embark on my first trip outside the US...a last minute trip to Dublin. I'm a female, traveling solo on a budget, and I'm only able to swing 5-6 days in August. Any tips on places to stay and inexpensive but fun things to do would be much appreciated.
I cant really comment on hostels but Jurys Hotels & Inns are usually quite well priced and central in Dublin also. Checkwww.jurysdoyle.com, theres lots to do St Stephens Green, Trinity College (& Book of Kells), O'Connell St, Kilmaniem Gaol, Phoenix Park, Guiness Factory, Temple Bar for lots of night life!!
Enjoy Dublin - its a great city!
I was only there for two days, but a frequent flyer I ran into strongly suggested Isaacs hostel/hotel the next time I visit. It's about 14-20 euro a nite, and from what I understand an awesome environment. It's also right off the river, near Temple Bar.
I didn't make it out of the city, but I know several people who did. Everyone said that the countryside was much better than Dublin itself. If possible, try to get out of town for a day.
Isaacs Hostel - http://www.isaacs.ie/ (click on link for hostel once on website)
http://www.hosteldublin.com/ - good wesbite for both hostels and organized trips.
Id recommend as one of the other guys said to get outta Dublin for aleast one day cause its expensive these days for a budjet. Try an organise a trip to glendalough thru the hostel - ita about 2hrs bus for around €30 / $37
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Enjoy ur stay
I'm currently living in Dublin and I would recommend you try and get out of Dublin for as many days as possible as Irelands countryside is beautiful (especially in August!) I'd try and get over to Galway (you can get a train or a bus) and stay a night or two. You can go to Inis mor and Inis Sheer which are small islands on the far west coast (One of the furthest pints west in Europe... so next stop the US.. so you can wave to your family
There's planty of hostels in Dublin and there's planty of web sites out there (as listed before) however here's a few more:
www.backpacker.ie (Got hostel reviews and trip ideas etc.)
I would (and I'll get in trouble for this) recommend that you try and stay on the South Side (South of the liffy... which runs right through the middle) of Dublin (it's the nicer side shall we say...sorry all those Dubs out there that might disagree but it's just my opinion!)
Hope this helps
Try to get out to Glendalough, it's a stunning site of an early Christian Monastic Site surrounded by forested Hills. There's also a youth hostel there if you want to get some more time for hiking as the bus only leaves you about 4 hours before it goes back.
The only buses going there are St. Kevin's Bus (and not Dublin Bus or Bus Eireann).
The roundtrip costs around 15 Euros. Alternatively you can get on a guided tour of the Wicklow mountains for about 20 Euros with Bus Eireann, but that doesn't leave you much time for hiking or anything, but it'll take you to more places.