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Planning my trip! Please help!!

Hello, I’ll be in Dublin May 4-7 for a short trip. It seems everyone online says to see the Cliffs of Moher or Giants Causeway, but I’m finding it difficult to plan both in my itinerary- I don’t drive so will be relying on train/public transport and tours. Would it be worth it to use a day travelling to either the Cliffs (maybe spending a night close by) or Giants Causeway? Or should I spend all the days in Dublin?


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The Giants causeway and the cliffs are on the other side of the country. If I were going to Dublin for three or four days I would see if you could get tickets to Bru Na Boinne. You can do a visit on your own via train in taxi. But otherwise I would just say stay in Dublin!

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Both are a bit of a schlep of a day trip by public transport from Dublin. I'd be surprised if you found a tour to the Giant's Causeway from Dublin. I think you'd have to get an early Enterprise train to Belfast, then pick up a tour from Belfast. Doing it as a long day trip, although transit does go there from Belfast, a tour would be preferable.

By train and bus it'll be something like 4 hours each way to Moher via Galway. Really you'd want to overnight in Galway, I'd have thought.

Personally I'd have thought that staying in Dublin for the 4 days would be the better choice, but it depends on how much you want to get to Moher or the Giant's Causeway.

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There is plenty to see and do in Dublin for 3-4 days. However, if you feel strongly about a trip outside the city, the Cliffs of Moher is at least in the same country. It will be a long day trip, or you could stay overnight in (for example) Galway.

There are also interesting places to visit outside of Dublin that aren't so far, such as Glendalough, Wicklow, and the National Stud.

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We were looking at some day trips and excursions for our trip in May and there are some great one day trips out of Dublin for 12-13 hours that include Cliffs of Moher. While a long day, you get to relax on the bus through the countryside, see a different area and learn from the guide along the way. We have done these day trips in other cities and found them a good way to see something we might not be able to pull together on our own in a short time period and arrive back more rested than a sightseeing trek around the city. Examples are and viator. I’m sure there are others! Have fun!