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2.5 days in Dublin

Hello everybody,

I'm trying to assemble a tentative itinerary for my stop in Dublin and would appreciate any feedback. This is not my first trip to Dublin, but my other visit was 20 years ago. I'm a professional historian and so 1) gravitate toward museums; 2) can do 2+ museums per day if necessary; 3) usually have to be reminded to slow down and take things in!

Day One (I'll have arrived late the previous night):

Quick visit to Christ Cathedral (morning)
Chester Beatty Library (morning)
Kilmainham Gaol (afternoon)
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl (evening)

Day Two:
National Museum: Archaeology
National Gallery
Wander around St. Stephen's Green and Merion Square

Day Three:
Early morning walk to the Garden of Remembrance (maybe)
National Museum of Decorative Arts & History

Catch mid-afternoon train to Cork (and then bus to Kinsale).


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If you are going to go to the Gaol in the afternoon, buy your tickets online in advance. Otherwise, I'd recommend going first thing when it opens (which is either 8:45 or 9:30, depending on when you are going).

Day two - St. Stephen's Green and Merion Square are lovely, but I think you might get bored if you plan on spending more than an hour or two there. Might be a good idea to wander around Grafton St. too, and maybe head into a pub or two in the area. The National Archaeology Museum is awesome. The National Gallery is ok.

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We took a walking tour that started at the main gate of Trinity College. I think it is mentioned in Rick's books. Our tour was guided by a young man who was working on his PhD in Irish history. Needless to say, we learned a lot on that tour!

Also, I agree that you should book your Kilmainham Gaol tour in advance.

Hope that helps. Have fun on your trip!

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The Archaeology Museum is terrific. So is the Nat'l Museum (Collins Barracks). You'll want a few hours at each. Stop in at the main Post Office in O'Connell St. to see their (free) museum.

Consider seeing a play at the Abbey or Gateway. I went to both - excellent, as good as London and a lot cheaper. The Literary Pub Crawl was one of my faves - I took it on Sunday, when Trinity College (one of the stops) was closed. I think it may be a little better on another night.

I wish you'd told me about the Chester Beatty Library ☺☺. It looks much more interesting than Trinity's library, which was more interesting than the brief look at the Book of Kells under glass.

For a quick, cheap, filling lunch, go to a pub and get the soup. For €5, a generous bowl of thick vegetable soup (made fresh every day), and brown soda bread and butter.