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1. Posted by adam3809 (Budding Member 47 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am going to be in Ireland this may, flying into dublin. I was wondering if I should skip cork? I heard it was pretty much like dublin. Any suggestions on other good cities to visit with a lot of culture. Thanks

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Adam,

You're going to Ireland at a nice time of the year. Hopefully, the rain will stay away!

Dublin's a great city and increasingly malaligned these days. Sure, the people arent as friendly as the rest of the country, but it's Capital City Syndrome, and it really depends on where you go too. There are some lovely dubs knocking around who are only too happy to point you in the right direction:)

Galway would be the next obvious choice in my book. Very different to Dublin in terms of size and tourist attractions. You'll definitely get more of a traditional Irish flavour there and I'd recommend hiring a car and taking a spin out to Connemara for a day or two. Beautiful wild countryside.

Now, it's very important not to bypass Limerick (where I'm from ) Not much of a tourist city, but thats not to say its not worth visiting. Check out the old part of the city, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Locke Bar and the old city walls. The Belltable Arts Centre is a favourite haunt of mine at home ;)

Cork was The European Capital of Culture for 2006. And in my view, it's a pretty cool city. Around Cork there are a lot of cool tourist sites like Blarney Village and Kinsale.

At the end of the day, I suppose it depending on how much time you have. If you only have a week or two, I would limit if to COrk and Galway. if you have more time on your hands, do a loop Dublin, Galway, LIMERICK!, Ring of Kerry, Cork and back to Dublin.

Hope that helps!

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Adam

U could visit Galway.
For traveling around, anywhere at the coast of ireland is beautiful.
If u are hiring a car, u could visit the Wicklow mountains, while u are in Dublin. Drive up to Johnny Foxs seafood restaurant, up in the mountains. It is worth a visit.


4. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well you have some pretty good advice already and the only bits I'd add is get an auto rather than a manual as not only do you have the other side of the road to deal with you'll also enjoy our slightly unpredictible signposting a bit more ;-). When planning a trip, be aware that our motorway network is relatively new and still growing compared to the US road network so be prepared to be on a motorway one minute and a narrow winding road the next - it's all part of the charm :). May is a lovely time of year so you should enjoy your trip wherever you end up.