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Traveling solo to Dublin and what to do for three days?

I will be in Dublin for a total of three days and 3 nights
I am a female in her 40's. I am confident that the locals will be friendly. I have only experienced kind and lovely people on my last trip around the perimeter of Ireland.

Any suggestions would be great. I have been to Trinity College already and enjoyed my visit.
I will be there middle of September.

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Kilmainham Gaol and the Archaeology Museum were two of our favorite things in Dublin. Be sure to book well ahead for the Gaol. It is easy to access if you do the hop on/hop off bus. The Archaeology Museum is free (or it was back in 2012). We had great weather in September and thoroughly enjoyed a stroll in St. Stephen's Green before we headed to the Museum.

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The Chester Beatty Library is fantastic (and free). Merrion Square Park is lovely, and has a really good memorial to Oscar Wilde.

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Riverdance is playing at the Gaiety Theater through Sept 15th. If this matches with your dates, I'd go. It is a great performance in a beautiful venue. Not really any bad seats in the house.

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Dublinia is a hands-on fun museum to learn about the real Vikings and the history of Dublin. It sounds kitschy but it is a serious museum. Buy a combo ticket and walk through the bridge to Christchurch Cathedral.

The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl is excellent - book ahead, ti sells out. There are two excellent theatres, the Gate and the Abbey. See what's playing.

I would high,y recommend tours at both 14 Henrietta Street and Glasnevin Cemetery and a visit to the Botanical Gardens after the cemetery (there is a path connecting the two).

14 Henrietta Street is a new museum tour that looks at the lives of those that lived there from fine Georgian home to its later years as a tenement building. Reservations needed.

Glasvevin Cemetery offers several different tours depending on your dates of travel. Reservations recommended.

The Botanical Gardens also has a tour and a free downloadable audio tour.

One of our favorites is The Vintage Tea Tour is a lovely way to do a Dublin Bus tour. They have restored several double decker buses and they serve a lovely afternoon tea as they show you the sights. Reservations needed.

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For traditional Irish music, stop in at the Cobblestone Pub, 77 King St N, on the west edge of the city. We took a taxi there from the Gaol after our tour at the Gaol.

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You could do a day trip or two- Cliffs of Moher, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, etc. Check out Wild Rover and Paddywagon tours. I enjoy taking day trips when I travel solo because sometimes it’s fun to be with other people!

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I agree on a day trip to Belfast. Easy train or bus trip.
In Belfast Mournes seafood, Blackcab tour of the Troubles, and the Titanic Museum. Full day. Remember pounds in the UK but with a CC or debit card nothing to be concerned about.

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All things recommended here are great to do! I thought I'd recommend some sights slightly outside the city since you will be there for 3 days. You can get a train from Pearse Station (City Center) North slightly to Howth, a beautiful fishing village/cliff harbor that has fresh seafood, a little market, and an extremely scenic light hike/walk along the cliffs (Howth is a peninsula that sticks out into the sea). This is only about 30min from Dublin.

Alternatively, you can go about the same distance south of Dublin and find the beach town of Dun Laoghaire (roughly pronounced: dun leery) which has a few swimming spots (if you're adventurous), ice cream shops, pubs, shops, and lots of locals hanging out by the sea. You can get here via the Dart (train) or by bus.

If you go even further south, you can do the Greystones cliff walk the goes along the coast up to Bray.

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If you're open to heading away from the city (all are easily accessible by train):

  • Howth (cliff walk is excellent and there's plenty of good restaurants)
  • Killiney Hill (you'll get one of the best views out over Dublin City from here)
  • Malahide (visit the castle, grab some lunch in the village and then do the coastal walk to portmarnock - you could get a bus from Portmarnock back into the city when you're finished)
  • Skerries (lovely little seaside town. Not much to do here, but it's a lovely village with great pubs and restaurants and a nice coastal walk, also)

Some other less known spots that are well worth visiting:

  • Marsh's Library (oldest library in Ireland - you can still see bulletholes in the bookcases here from the 1916 Rising)
  • The Pearse Lyons Distillery (great new distillery opened in an old Church)
  • The Vaults (it's a show - supposed to be excellent)

Some reasonably well know places to visit:

  • EPIC musuem (just been to it and it's fantastic)
  • The national gallery of Ireland
  • The Phoenix Park (one of the biggest in Europe - rent a bike and spin around it)
  • Kilmainham Gaol (easily one of the best things to do in the city)

Have a great trip!