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Ireland long weekend over New Years--where to go?

Hi Looking to plan a last minute long weekend trip to Ireland..coming from Dublin the best place..or should we do one of the other cities? Looking for city weekend of sightseeing and pub crawling. 3 -4 days? We are 40 something single professionals.



Posted by
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Kristine - this is a loaded question.

Dublin is a lot like Boston. Lots of historical sites with the famous Temple Bar area.

If you've never done Dublin, you have to do it once. As far as I'm concerned, that's all you need to do. The real beauty and the people (the best part) are in the small towns and villages.

I would highly recommend that you check out the Irish House Party. For years it has been one of the top rated Trip Advisor attractions. I know we had a blast. It is dinner, music, dancing all in a family style setting.

Have a great time!

Posted by
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I could spend 2-3 days in Temple Bar, crawling from pub to pub, eating hot soup and brown soda bread for lunch and enjoying all the live music. Not to say there aren't lots of good pubs elsewhere in the city. I found the pub patrons to be exremely friendly and talkative, both locals (though not so many of them in Temple Bar) and tourists (mainly from the UK). Lots of sightseeing opportunities too. The Archaeology Museum is free and very interesting . . . especially if you like gold. Dublinia is a fun, hands-on way to learn about Vikings and Middle Ages Dublin. One of my favorites was the Literary Pub Crawl . . . you should book a few days in advance if possible, they are usually full. If Dublin doesn't captivate you completely, it's easy to take a day trip to Belfast by train.