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Deciding between two hotels in Dublin

I'm going to Dublin in September. I made a reservation for Jurys Inn Christchurch, but my sister also made a reservation at the Gresham. Now we are trying to decide between the two. Jurys seems a bit more centrally located, but Gresham seems to have a lot of transportation options. Has anyone stayed in either of these? Or could anyone advise on which area would be best? We will be there 3 nights.

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They are both well located. Jurys Inn is perhaps 5 minutes closer on foot to Temple Bar. The Gresham is a short walk to two theatres - the Gate and the Abbey. Check what's playing. Tickets aren't expensive and the performances are top-notch. They are about the same distance from Parliament Square, Trinity College, just in different directions.

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One of the best things I did was the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. Another was pub-crawling on my own through Temple Bar in the afternoon. Live music (mostly trad) in many pubs. Wander through the warren of rooms in each. If you don't like the music, move on to the next. If you stand in the pub for 10-15 minutes without a drink, no one really cares. Chat up the patrons - many I spoke with were tourists from the UK. Everyone's friendly in the pubs, well, honestly everyone I met in Ireland was friendly and chatty.

My one regret - not getting to Kilmainham Gaol early to get a ticket. They only sell on the day the sell out. I missed the boat.

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I just returned from a trip to Ireland where we stayed in Dublin at the beginning and end. We were at the George Frederic Handel Hotel, just around the corner from the Jury's Inn. It was such a convenient location we cancelled our second hotel in Dublin and extended our stay. It's an easy walk to many locations and very central to get a taxi if needed.

I second the recommendation about Kilmenham Gaol, and making sure to arrive early. The queue can be long and tickets sell out quickly.

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Thanks for the advice about Kilmainham Gaol. I didn't realize that it was necessary to get there early. Does anyone know--is it possible to go early, pick up the tickets for my group (4 total) for a tour later that day? I arrive in Dublin a few hours earlier than the others, and by the time they get there, I am worried the tickets will be gone. Thanks for any advice! We are doing the Book of Kells the next morning so that first day seems like it will be our only chance.

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Yes, you can get tickets for later in the day. And your whole party doesn't have to be there to do that - you can send 1 person to get the tickets for your group.

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Thanks. Very helpful!

Is the wait long to buy the tickets? I'm trying to figure out if I should go by my hotel, drop off my stuff, then proceed to KG, or go there on the way from the airport to the hotel. Just trying to get a feel for what to expect.