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Ireland and Cornwall Oct - November

Oct 9 to Nov 20 Itinerary following the 21 day Rick Steves route . Next a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, Train to Minehead and start railway walks for 3 weeks.
I'm a healthy 72 and experienced traveler-10 12 trips to Europe.Looking for advice from anyone who has visited Ireland and Cornwall .
Companions welcome

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anticipate cooler days, (take appropriate clothing and light gloves) and shortened hours at some tourist sites.... there will be less other tourists that is the upside!!

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After weeks of reading and planning I'm looking at this itinerary:
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
▲▲▲ Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl A fascinating, practical, and enjoyable primer on traditional Irish music.This impressive and entertaining tour visits the upstairs rooms of three pubs; there, you’ll listen to two musicians talk about, play, and sing traditional Irish music. While having only two musicians makes the music a bit thin (Irish music aficionados will say you’re better off just finding a good session), the evening — though touristy — is not gimmicky. It’s an education in traditional Irish music. The musicians clearly enjoy introducing rookies to their art and are very good at it. Humor is their primary educational tool.
Literary Pub Crawl
Two actors take 40 or so tourists on a walk, stopping at four pubs. Their clever banter introduces the novice to the high craic of James Joyce, Seán O’Casey, and W.B. Yeats. The two-hour tour is punctuated with 20-minute pub breaks (free time). While the beer lubricates the social fun, i
▲▲▲ National Museum: Archaeology Interesting collection of Irish treasures from the Stone Age to today.
▲▲▲ Kilmainham Gaol Historic jail used by the British as a political prison — today a museum that tells a moving story of the suffering of the Irish 1796 as Dublin’s county jail and a debtors’ prison, Kilmainham was considered a model in its day. used by the British as a political prison. Many of those who fought for Irish independence were held or executed here, including leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867, and 1916. National heroes Robert Emmett and Charles Stewart Parnell each did time here. The last prisoner to be held in the jail was Eamon de Valera, who later became president of Ireland. He was released on July 16, 1924, the day Kilmainham was finally shut down.
▲▲ Historical Walking Tour Your best introduction to Dublin.
▲▲ Trinity College Tour Ireland's most famous school, best visited with a 30-minute tour led by one of its students.
▲▲ Dublin Castle The city's historic 700-year-old castle, featuring ornate English state apartments, tourable only with a guide.
▲▲ Chester Beatty Library American expatriate's eclectic yet sumptuous collection of literary and religious treasures from Islam, the Orient, and medieval Europe.
▲▲ Temple Bar Dublin's trendiest neighborhood, with shops, cafés, theaters, galleries, pubs, and restaurants — a great spot for live traditional music.
▲▲ O'Connell Bridge Landmark bridge spanning the River Liffey at the center of Dublin.
▲▲ O'Connell Street Dublin's grandest promenade and main drag, packed with history and ideal for a stroll.
Number Twenty-Nine Georgian House Restored 18th-century house; tours provide an intimate glimpse of middle-class Georgian life.
Merrion Square Enjoyable and inviting park with a fun statue of Oscar Wilde.
▲ St. Stephen's Green Relaxing park surrounded by fine Georgian buildings.
▲ Dublinia A fun, kid-friendly look at Dublin's Viking and medieval past with a side order of archaeology and a cool town model.
▲ National Museum: Decorative Arts and History Shows off Irish dress, furniture, silver, and weaponry with a special focus on the 1916 rebellion, fight for independence, and civil war.
▲ Gaelic Athletic Association Museum High-tech museum of traditional Gaelic sports such as hurling and Irish football.
SUNDAY DUN LAOghaire Harour Museums 10-12
Sun night stay where?
Monday Museums around harbor stay where? 10-13
Tuesday Powers court stay where? 10-14
Wednesday Cliff walk Sculpture garden 10-15
Thursday Glendalough stay Glendalough Int Hostel 10-16
Friday Kilmacurragh Arboretum 10-17
Saturday Glenmalure 10-18
Sunday- Wicklow trail stay Orc Breaks -Raven 10-19
Monday Gorey New Ross 10-20
Tuesaday Waterford 10-21
Wednesday Kilkenny Cashel 10-22
Thursday Kinsale 10-23
Friday Dingle 10-24

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Saturday Slea -Peninsula Green acres 10-25
Sunday Castle Gregory Listowell 10-26
Monday Foynes Limerick Corofin Campin 10-27
Tues Cliffs of Moher DoolinHostel 10-28
Weds Galway Clifden Westport 10-29
Thursday Peninsula 10-30
Friday Sligo Donegal 10 31
Saturday Londonderry 11-1
Sunday Portrush larne 11-2
Monday Belfast 11-3
Tuesday Valley of the Boyne sights, 11-4
Weds UK? 11-5
Thurs day Lands End 11-6

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Staying on the coast near Dublin..... we stayed at

Ann's B&B in Howth (in Rick's Ireland Book)
It was a nice place, lots of restaurants within walking distance and I was able to take the train into Dublin on 2 different days - no parking hassles or traffic.

(There are reviews of Ann's B&B on tripadvisor if you want to read some reviews.)

PS - on another trip I did a 1 week walking trip in Cornwall - We walked the entire Lizard Peninsula ... and several other places - a small bus took us between hiking/walking locations.
The company I traveled with was British Coastal Tours - but I think they are out of business now.