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1. Posted by esther1578 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hello,
I live in NYC and I am planning a trip to Dublin, Ireland. Can anyone recommend a hotel, things to do, places to see, etc?

Thanks!

2. Posted by nicojammes (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Hey there!!
What's your budget for hotels??There are loads of youth hostels in town but they are generally pretty packed so if I were you I'd book now if you a place in the summer. But that's only if this is what you are looking for.
Dublin itself is not a very big city, the main "tourist" attractions are in the city centre, i.e the Guinness brewery, Dublin Castle (a prison), Trinity College, Temple Bar etc. All this is within walking distance, so I would say that it would not take you more tha a day to visit Dublin, if you only want to stick to the main things.
The, if you'd like to see more, you have to go out of Dublin and go to Howth (northside), a beautiful village in the outskirts of Dublin, with a nice lighthouse on the cape, or Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey (southside), which are also residential areas by the sea and quite lovely! You can also go to Glendalough (the valley of the two lakes) which is in co. Wicklow at about 1.30h from Dublin by bus. it is really amazing and beautiful, but sometimes a little too crowded...
Hope it helps, don't hesitate to ask more questions if needed!

3. Posted by Pemmer1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Hi

I was in Dublin 2 weeks ago and I can just say that it was BRILLIANT.

There are many things you can do.

I stayed in the Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Just google after it - the price for value is very good there and it is based in a very safe area!

There is also a bus stop just in front of the hotel (1 min walk). The bus, which leaves every 10 min, will bring u within 15 min drive to the city centre.

I have also visited the Temple Bar Area, which is the best place in Dublin to make party. You should really go to that place and have some "pints of Guinness" there.

When u are in Dublin u should visit the "Top Attractions", like the Trinity College (Book of Kells), Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol.
If u have planned some shopping trips, then u should definitely go to O'Connell Street, Grafton Street and Henry Street.

The best thing of Dublin's City Centre is that all main attractions are based there and u can (better say should) walk to them. You don't need a car. However, the Guinness Storehouse and the Kilmainham Gaol are about 30 min walk away from the City Centre. For those attractions u should take the LUAS to go there.

If u are interested in guided tours, I can recommend u the "Viking Splash Tour" and the "Music Pub Night Crawl". Both are really funny and u will also learn something about the history of Dublin and Irish Music.
Other good tours are:
- Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
- Ghost Bus Tour
- Zozimus Tour

If u have time u should also go to the Wicklow Mountains, which are known as the "Garden of Ireland" and maybe u should stay in a real Irish farmhouse there.
If u do so, u should visit the Powerscourt Estate and the famous Waterfall and if u have time u could also go to Glendalough.

There are also many guided bus tours, which bring u outside of Dublin (see: www.paddywagontours.com) - U could for instance book a 1 Day tour to the Cliffs of Moher or to the Giant's Causeway.

However...again...for the accommodation, I would go to one of the Bewleys hotels in Dublin (109 EUR per room - they have double, twin and tripple rooms there - check out their website:
http://www.bewleyshotels.com/ballsbridge_hotel_dublin.asp)

I hope that this could help u. If u have more questions, just post here.

And by the way - I am from Austria and have been in NYC for 3 days (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday). I had really good days in NY, but unfortunately it was a too short holiday. Anyway, I managed to see the most important attractions (Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Times Square, City Hall, Ground 0, 5th Ave, Brooklyn Bridge...). I LOVE NEW YORK CITY :)
From which part of NYC do u come from?

rgds
chris