Post # 1
Fiance and I found this awesome deal over the summer for Ireland and we’re going in March, right before St. Patty’s Day. Our package just includes hotel and airfare so we’ll be taking the bus to the hotel and kind of finding our own way and making our own plans. We know we want to take a day trip down to Cork. And of course see the sights Dublin has to offer– Any suggestions of day tours or things we MUST to do!?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Def go to newgrange its really incredible! Have fun!
Post # 4
Never been but my old roomie went two years ago and she loved it. They rented a car and drove along the coastline. She said that was beautiful and a must do. They were there on St. Patty’s day but she said that there were festivals etc the whole time they were there.
Post # 5
It’s touristy, but the Guinness Storehouse is a fun visit. DEFINITELY take a day trip to Glendalough. It’s magical!
Also, just a tip—- take the bus to and from the airport. Cabs into the city are quite pricey, and the airport bus system is very user friendly.
Post # 6
I 2nd the Guinness factory – it’s awesome. Go all the way to the top to the bar, it has 360 views of the whole city. But don’t buy anything in the gift shop, it’s WAAAAY overpriced and you can get the same stuff cheaper online or in the cheezy touristy shops.
Check out Kilmainham Gaol (jail) and if you do go to Cork, try to go a little further to Blarney & go to the woolen mills. That’s cool too.
If you’re looking to go out at night the “hot spots” are in TempleBar. My favorites are The PorterHouse which is a microbrewery – it’s a really cool & different place and then there’s Gogarty’s (Oliver St. John Gogarty) which always has the best live music & it just has an awesome vibe. There’s much better and quieter pubs throughout the city though if you’re looking to get off the tourist path.
Post # 7
Oooh, yeah, head to the southwest for the day. The Isle of Dingle Peninsula is amazing – you can drive it and stop at all these amazing hiking trails along the way. Castles, waterfalls, cliff sides – it’s gorgeous!
Post # 8
If you want a fabulous super nice dinner, go to Stephen’s On The Green in Dublin! Its a delicious restuarant with the best steak and a la carte sides like onion rings. It reminds me of those classic New Yorky steakhouses, but it’s thoroughly Irish! Everyone was really, really nice (but EVERYONE in Ireland is really nice). It is by “The Green” park (which is LOVELY to walk around) and I think Temple Bar is also close to it. Our cab driver recommended it to us. Also, you can explore Trinity College and catch a rugby game there (I did). Take a day exploring the Ring of Kerry for sure! Its gorgeous and there are various castle/mansions you can stop off at and explore. If you have lots of cash to spare, go to Waterford Castle. Its a hotel on its own little island, but its super pricey. ALSO, you MUST check out the town of Kinsale. Kinsale has cobblestone streets, is right by the water, and is ridiculously charming with really great food. They have an amazing bar there, too. Its famous. I forgot its name, but its been operating since, it seems, the beginning of time, hahaha. There’s a big fireplace, a back patio, and gorgeous copperware. Have fun! I’m jealous. I wanna go back! All of these things are close to Dublin. I’m planning a second trip so I can go to the West side of Ireland.
Post # 9
All can I say is that I’m so jealous you’re going. I’ve been to Ireland twice. I’ve been to many countries and Ireland is my favorite. It beats France, Italy, even Greece. I agree that they have the friendliest people! Aw, I dream of that place.
Anyway, I will have to go home and look at all my notes and pics from when I visited. I will definitely come back and post my recommendations.
Post # 10
Awesome!!! thank you SOOOO much for all these wonderful suggestions! Fiance and I have always wanted to go to Ireland… we have definitely traveled a lot and I have been to Europe quite a bit and never to Ireland so I am SO excited!
I will make sure to share all these with Fiance and I’m even more pumped now to plan out our days!
THANKS AGAIN! Keep ’em coming! 🙂
Post # 11
Hi! I live in Ireland (I’m American) and love it still! I live in Dingle co Kerry in the southwest and highly reccomend this area. Dublin is good and you should see it. There is a hop on hop off bus tour that takes you around to all the major sights and you can get off at the ones you want to see (Guinness Brewers definately, Stephen’s green, Trinity college etc.) and just cruise around the city if you don’t want to get off on a certain spot. Definately do this. It makes sight seeing so easy and you don’t need your car. Driving and parking in Dublin is tough.Cork is nice too but really just another big city. Near cork is Blarney Castle and although a bit cliche, is really a good stop for the gardens and castle.
In the southwest is Dingle (great small freindly fishing town) and very nearby is Killarney and the National Park and the Ring of Kerry.
Enjoy your trip and maybe I’ll see you! And let me know if I can help any more!
Post # 12
Gruel restaurant on Dame Street in Dublin is really rather fabulous — I adore it.
One tip is to pay the extra pound at Trinity and get a student-guided tour of the college. The tours are packed full of info, interesting anecdotes and some quite funny stories about Trinity’s history. The cost (€10 from memory) includes entrance to the Library and the Book of Kells exhibit. The exhibit on its own is €9, so the extra pound is absolutely worth it.
Post # 13
l definitely second the trip to Glendalough! I loved it. Also, check out a literary pub crawl in Dublin. I went on one and had a blast (as lame as it might sound). Have fun!!
Post # 14
I’m totally with NotQuiteK on this; you HAVE to visit Glendalough. It’s AMAZING! I’m a whiskey drinker, so hitting up the Jameson distillery was a LOT of fun. I got chosen to do the tasting at the end and walked out tipsy at 10am. hehe.
The Arlington Hotel also has a pretty neat dinner show. I was a poor college student at the time, so I found out that you can arrive a tad late (after dinner) and let the hostess know you’re only interested in seeing the show. Then hang out in the bar upstairs, and when seats come available you’ll be taken downstairs and get to see the show for free.
Post # 15
Thanks for posting this question. Mr. Library and I are visiting Ireland for a few days on our honeymoon, so this is great information!
Post # 16
Definitely check out The Wild Wicklow Tour! It was awesome!!! We went this past summer and it was without a doubt, the best part of our trip! The tour operator was super friendly and helpful on the phone and they totally delivered! They take you outside of Dublin … it was gorgeous!
Also check out Malahide Castle and its lovely grounds … it was right out of a fairytale! I went with my friends and keep thinking about my Fi (then bf) the whole time! I absolutely love that place! It’s a little bit of a pain to get to but totally worth waiting for the bus and transfers. Ask the tourist bureau for exact directions and bus information. There’s 2 of them in town.
You might also want to check out the famous Guinenss Storehouse. Even though I don’t drink much beer, we just had to go.
But out of those 3 places, I’d rank them in that order! With the Wicklow Tour, you’ll get a lot of sightseeing for your time and money (plus there’s even a shot of whiskey included). The Malahide Castle is totally unforgettable and magical!!! But if your time is limited, most people would prefer many sights to just one gorgeous location. The Guinness Museum, your hubby might not forgive you if you went to Dublin and not see it
Note: Although I rank the Wicklow Tour first, it is the castle I would make a special trip to revisit with the Fi. It was just magical!