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4 Days in Dublin, What to See?

Hi All!

I'm currently in Dublin with three others and we're wondering how to fill up our days. What should we see? Trinity college?

Any day trip tours anyone can recommend? We love to hike and see beautiful scenery.

We've already booked a Guinness Tour with some friends but are really open ended. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :)

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Kilmainham Gaol: Go early or pre-book tickets.

National Museum Archeology: see the bog people (free).

Hop on Hop off bus: there are at least 2, red and green. I suggest getting on first thing to get a layout of the city.

Day tour to Newgrange

Trinity College: I walked through, did not take guided tour, Book of Kells is nice, the library room where it is located is spectacular

Beatty Museum: free and fantastic display of very old manuscripts, located at Dublin Castle

General Post Office: mail some postcards, see the history, nice area for walking

River Liffey: Nice to walk up and down, see the bridges (ha penny, James Joyce)

Parks: St Stephen's Green, Phoenix (zoo is here), Merrion Square


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On our for sure list:
-hop on and off bus
- kilmanhaim gaol
- jeannie johnson famine ship
- Trinity College and book of Kells
- St Patrick's cathedral
- St Stephen's green
- walking around temple bar
- Dublinia

on our maybe list:

  • zoo and Phoenix park -Dublin castle
  • little museum of Dublin
  • viking splash tour

Then there is always walking around temple bar and the shopping district

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I was in Dublin at the end of this past March to help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising. In addition to some of the sites mentioned by earlier posters (eg, Kilmainham Gaol, Jenny Johnson famine ship, Trinity College Library and Book of Kells) I would recommend that you visit one of the three major exhibitions pertaining to the Rising:

Ambassador Theater
Collins Barracks of the National Museum of Ireland
General Post Office

There is no need to visit all three. All of them will give you a good overview of what happened 100 years ago.

If you want to see what I saw here is the link to my blog - keep in mind that it is not touristy but political & 20th century history in nature:

Have a good stay.


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I agree with many of those mentioned but would add a walking history tour of the city, if that might interest you. We took one that started at Trinity College and was lead by a young man who was working on his PhD in Irish history. Excellent! By the way, we took a docent tour of Trinity College (lead by a student) and think it was much better than we could have done on our own. Have fun!

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Don't forget using the DART to the fishing villages like Howth or Dun Laoghaire. Tourist information has some hiking ideas.

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Also, the national museums are free - the archaeology one was really interesting. If you are interested in hiking, a day trip to Glendalough might be of interest. Monastery ruins, hiking trails to the lakes, mountains, a good small museum - lots to see there.