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2 day itinerary dublin - please give feedback :)

Leaving 2 weeks from today and starting our 5 week trip with 2 days (3 nights) in dublin. would appreciate feedback. hoping our jetlagged bodies can handle it!
DAY 1:
8am - breakfast - suggestions near O'Callaghan Stephen's Green hotel? One place was already suggested - Gerrys
9:30 walk from hotel (OCallaghan Stephen's Green) and tour of St. Patricks - should i get advanced purchase tickets for this? first tour is at 9:30. or skip and go straight to Dublin Castle, tour St. Patrick's later in the day if time allows?
10:30 walk to Dublin Castle for tour - will it be super crowded already? should we skip St. Patrick's and go straight to Dublin Castle when they open at 9:45?
noon'ish- walk to Christ Church
1pm'ish - walk 40 min to Kilmainham Gaol or bus if need to save time - stop somewhere along the way for lunch?? any suggestions?
2:30-advanced purchase tickets for Gaol
4:30 - walk to Guiness for advanced purchase 5PM tour
7pm Dinner at Arthur's Pub

DAY 2:
8am breakfast -
9am Book of Kells and library advanced purchase tour
Trinity College
Lunch - suggestions ???
National Museum - if we had to choose one, which one would it be? Archeology? History?
Back to hotel to change clothes, maybe a little nap
4:30 Jameson Distillery advanced purchase tour
6pm Dinner at The Bank on the Green
7:30pm Musical Pub Crawl

Crazy or doable? If we have any energy left at night, what other pubs would you visit for non-touristy vibe? we are very active couple in our 50's, love music, dancing, etc.

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Don't bother with either Jameson or Guinness. Both are tourist traps. Just go find a nice pub instead - the Duke, Neary's, Kehoes - all good options, all off Grafton street. St. Michan's church is excellent. Go there instead.

The Pepperpot Cafe in the Powerscourt Townhouse does a good breakfast.

The National Gallery has just reopened after a six year renovation. That is a must.

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I have visited the Jameson distillery outside Cork and it was both scenic and informative. Old but modernized, it produces the Jamesons you buy in bottles. But I understand the Dublin branch no longer distills but instead is a "visitor" centre. You might want to check that distinction on-line before you decide.
The Guinness operation is housed in an old warehouse, an interpretive experience as marketers put it. No access to the distillery itself. A glass observation room has been attached to the roof, looking like a flying saucer has landed. On a sunny day it provides a spectacular view across the top of the city. Check out the website for prices (stiff) and discounts. One pint is included in the ticket, only one, but there used to be a small bar where you could learn how to pour it properly yourself, which was fun.

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Yes, thank you. I've read reviews of both Guiness and Jameson and we know what to expect. I tried to talk my husband out of going to either of them, but he's Irish and insists that we go, regardless!

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read some reviews online about the National Gallery, stating that it's still under refurbishment and many displays are still unavailable.

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For breakfast or lunch I recommend The Farm at 3 Dawson St., north of St. Stephens Green and south of Trinity College.
http://www.thefarmfood.ie/contact-us

After breakfast on 1st day, I would go straight to the Castle since the tour starts at an appointed time.

You've got a very full list of destinations. It may all work out fine, but make up your minds to be flexible and prioritize if you get tired/cranky or if there's a delay in one place that throws you behind schedule for your next point of interest.

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I haven't been to the history museum but the archaeology museum was really enjoyable. The bog people exhibit is fascinating! We went first thing in the morning on a week day and practically had the place to ourselves--until a local school group arrived for a field trip. That was also kind of fun--school kids are the alike the world over:-)

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Hi Mckennag, we were in Dublin last week.

  • Kilmainham Gaol - we purchased tickets in advance and thought the tour was very well done.

  • Guinness - we did not have tickets but waited in line only about 10 minutes (at 3 p.m. on a Thursday). It's self-guided so I don't think having tickets is much of an advantage. We did have a heck of a time finding the place, it's down an alley and not well signed.

  • Christ Church - we were there on a Sunday and tried to enter 3 times (from 1:30-5 p.m.). There were various services going on and they wouldn't let anyone come in to just look around or to take photos. Looks impressive from the outside!

  • Saint Patrick's Cathedral was very nice. We did not do a tour. Great gift shop.

Dublin is a nice city for just walking around, stopping in a pub here and there.

Pack a good, waterproof jacket. We were in Ireland for 11 days and it rained 10 of them. The Irish people were very nice and friendly.

Hope you enjoy your trip!

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The Patriots Inn is a lovely pub on the corner across from Kilmainham Gaol, where you could get lunch.

The Archaeology Museum is a wow, and close to Trinity. I'm not sure what "history" museum you are thinking of. There's the Natural History Museum (fauna/flora) which I haven't been to and Collins Barracks which is not nearly as close to Trinity or your hotel.