Dublin: How many days?

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1. Posted by NYtraveler61 (Budding Member 17 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Going to Ireland in may of 2020. Plan is 2 days each in Dublin, Galway and Limerick. However, is 2 days enough for the capital? How many days is best for Dublin?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We spent 3 days in Dublin but two would have been okay. There is certainly plenty to do for 3 or 4 days. You could also plan a side trip to Powerscourt Gardens or Knowth and New Grange. The city bus company actually does tours to both of these. We also rode out to Malahide Castle. The buses and trams in Dublin are great. The first day we took the hop-on hop-off bus to get our bearings and then did a lot of walking.

We loved Galway and took bus tours from there to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. The bus drivers in Ireland are great fun. They have a very Irish sense of humor and the people on the bus are usually nearly all Irish and jump right in and banter with him. We had a car but took 4 bus tours just because they were so much fun. You'll have a great time. I'd spend 3 days in Galway too and use one for a bus trip.

Enjoy your trip.

3. Posted by NYtraveler61 (Budding Member 17 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Here is what I want to see and do in Dublin. Maybe this will help.

National Museum-Archaeology
National Gallery
Dublinia
Dublin Castle
Trinity College

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 998 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

All of those places are within pretty easy walking distance of each other. You should have no problem visiting them all in 2 days.

If, however, you're set on spending more than 3 hours in each one of them you'll just have to take a day from either Galway or Limerick, or miss out one of those places altogether. That's a decision that can only be made by you.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Oct-2019, 12:59 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by NYtraveler61 (Budding Member 17 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi. I forgot to mention Kilmainham Gaol. But would only go if I am able to secure a ticket for the day and hour I prefer.

Being a museum buff, cant say for sure how long I would spend in the National Museum and Gallery.
Also Chester Beatty. But thats part of the Dublin Castle Complex.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 998 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Kilmainham Gaol is outside the city centre and needs a bus or Luas ride + a short walk. With just two days you might be able to fit it in as well the other places on your list but only if you cut down time spent in each.

If you're visiting the archaeology section of the National Museum do you really need to visit the re-creation and re-enactors at Dublinia too? Perhaps that's a visit you could cut out.

With only 6 days I'd probably cut out Limerick and do 3 each in Dublin and Galway...but only you can decide.

7. Posted by NYtraveler61 (Budding Member 17 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

The museum and Dublinia I think are quite distinct as the latter has full recreations of what life was like during the Viking Age and later during the Medieval period. Similar to the Jorvik Viking Center in York England.

But, we shall see.:)

8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 998 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>The museum and Dublinia I think are quite distinct

I am fully aware of that. I was simply posing a question for you to ponder because if you do decide on a visit to Kilmainham it's pretty unlikely that you'll fit all the other places you list into 2 days.

9. Posted by NYtraveler61 (Budding Member 17 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Yea. Its a tough decision.