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3 days in Dublin -- Suggestions?

We will have 3 full days in Dublin (June 21-23 - Wed.-Fri.) before renting a car to explore the rest of Ireland. Right now, the only activity we have booked is the Musical Pub Crawl for one evening. For another night, I'd like to schedule some kind of storytelling dinner (doesn't have to be dinner). There are a lot of them -- any recommendations?

I'm not really worried about things to do at night, but not sure how to fill up the days. The two things that stand out to me are the Historic Walking Tour (can we sign up in advance online?) and the Trinity Campus Tour with a student. I know the Book of Kells is supposed to be amazing but not sure I want to stand in line for it and then try to look over the crowds to get a glimpse of it.

Should we get a 48 hour Hop-on, Hop-off bus pass or just take taxis? If so, which one would you recommend - "Do Dublin" or "Big Bus Tours"?

Any other advice would really be appreciated!


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I did not like the hop on hop off bus tour because I spent the day sitting in traffic. Dublin is a city you want to explore on foot.
Visit the tourist office and sign up for a half day tour to Brú na Bóinne, it’s well worth it.

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2391 posts

Definitely boom tickets for Kilmainhaim Gaol. It us our favorite attraction and have been there three times already.

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If Irish history is of interest Kilmainham Gaol is a must. Book tickets as soon as they become available, which I believe is 30 days out. Other activities within Dublin City Center include Dublin castle, Christ Church, St Patrick’s cathedral, the Archaeology Museum, 14 Henrietta street, EPIC, the Chester Beaty museum and the GPO. Kilmainham Gaol and 14 Henrietta are the only places where transportation might be useful. Otherwise walk. Skip the hop on hop off bus. You’ll spend your time sitting in traffic or waiting at a bus stop.

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In addition to Kilmainham which is an absolute must, I wholeheartedly recommend touring the Jeanie Johnston ship. It doesn't get as much attention here, but it's a very well done tour that explains the Famine and we found it incredibly impactful. There's also a small memorial to the Famine close by which, while heartbreaking, is equally as impactful.