Well, I've got work in south Wales for the next two weeks (where I've been three times already this year)--and I've already been to London during those three trips--and Norway--and Sweden, so I thought I'd try Ireland this time around for a few days.
Anyway, here's my plan. I'm thinking of taking the train from Chepstow (where I'm staying at the Marriott Resort) up to Holyhead, then taking the ferry across to Ireland and spending two nights (and most of three days) there--probably in Dublin, but I'm open to other locations.
I should point out that I was in Ireland before (a long time ago--like 15 years), and have visited the Ring of Kerry, Knock, Sligo, Galway, Cork (and the Blarney Castle), Waterford (and the Waterford Crystal Factory), and Dublin. So this is more of a "kickback" trip, and is not really one meant to spend anytime visiting the tourist sites (since that will probably be done on a later trip with the wife).
If someone could suggest two things, it would be greatly appreciated:
(1) Should I go into downtown Dublin? I'm thinking this is best because it would give me things to go see and do when not in the pubs or at a restaurant. -----Or should I hang at someplace up or down the coast a short ways away?--and,
(2) What would be a nice hotel to stay at for wherever you suggest I stay? Something in the 95 to 100 euro range I'm thinking would suffice, although something a bit more expensive (up to 135 euros a night) is also fine. (Not looking for a Four Seasons Resort this trip).
glad to hear you're coming to visit us in Ireland.
Should you hang out in Dublin?
If you're coming for 2/3 days my suggestion would be 'Yes' to hang out in Dublin; but there are lots of places within easy reach on the DART (the light rail which runs from the City Centre both North and South along the coast). You could take a day trip North of Dublin to the beautiful seaside town of Howth, and just walk along the piers, eat wonderful seafood in any of the great pubs and restaurants there, maybe even catch a bit of live music in one of the pubs.... or you could head South of the city towards Dalkey and visit someplace where Joyce had lunch, slept, wrote or even took a leak, there's lots of them. But it really is a wonderful place to spend a day.
If it's museums you're after, then 2/3 days won't be long enough - although when I travel I do like to do the museums but always hyphenated by many stops in local pubs for a few pints along the way - the last museum is alway the best that way, I find them a bit difficult to remember though.
At the moment in Ireland the economy has taken a bit of a nose-dive so hotels are offering really good deals. You should NOT have a problem getting a place bang in the centre of the city for less than E100 a night. In fact I heard on the radio this morning 'The Gresham Hotel' on O'Connell St (main street) are doing room only for E96 per night.
If you go to this address (www.discoverireland.ie) you can get everything you need, what's on, where to stay, what to eat, how to spend your money (I made that one up) but you get the idea.
I think just browsing the What to Do section on this site will fill your weekend for you... It's Heritage Week in Ireland from 24th August so if you visit at that time there's plenty of Free stuff going on.
The Summer in Temple Bar fest is also on until the end of Aug (I think), lots of outdoor and free events there too.
As I've said, the site above will give you a really full intinerary (even a day trip to the Stunning scenery of Glendalough in County Wicklow - I hour away), so just pick what you like and go do it.
If you need any more definitive information just PM me and I'll be glad to help
There really is so much to see and do in Dublin that I wouldn't know where to begin but I'll get to that in a moment
Hey again Calcruzer,
A gremlin dropped this piece of text at the bottom of my reply
"There really is so much to see and do in Dublin that I wouldn't know where to begin but I'll get to that in a moment"
Don't know how that got there, sorry!
Thanks for the info. I've checked out the website and it seems good at giving visit info (especially on the festivals) like you mentioned.
However, the Grafton Hotel's special rates (which are actually 109 euros per night) don't start until Aug 25th. The night of the 23rd runs 250 euros and the 24th runs 150 euros (obviously because its a holiday weekend). Any other places you might wish to recommend? I'm considering "Stanton of the Green", which runs about 118 euros and is on St. Steven's Green South.
I'm also considering one night in Dublin and one in Howth. Care to recommend a place to stay in the Howth area. Only place I see in my price range on the websites is the Marine Hotel, which is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) away from Howth.
Why not try Belfast? Something a bit different given you've only visited the South before. There are plenty of hotel deals on at that time of the year, you might want to try the Best Western or Jury's Inn which are both in ver good central locations.
I understand you had 6 inches of rain in one hour two days ago (the day you wrote your note). I understand your underground "cutoff" road had 22 feet of water in it. Based upon this, I think I'll consider someplace else this week.
Dublin is still a possibility, but apparently it takes 12 hours to get there from here by train/boat--and the planes are all booked or cost about 200 GBP (which is about $400 or 275 euros) each way this weekend because of the popularity. I may just end up touring Bath and or going to some small British countryside cities (like Stroud or Stratford-upon-Avon) instead.
Guess I'll have to book farther ahead next time.
Cheers and enjoy