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3 days in Dublin - worth a day-trip to Belfast or Galway?

We've got 3 nights in Dublin - plan to wander the city day one, we've booked a Wild Wicklow tour day two - then on day three? Is it worth a trip north to see Belfast? Or take the train west to Galway? Or is there another "must see" place in Ireland we could visit for a day? Thanks for your help!

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It would be easier and faster to do a daytrip to Belfast than to Galway. The train takes about 1.5 hours, I think. And it would give you a look at a fairly untouristed part of Ireland.

As an alternative, you might consider a tour of Newgrange and the Boyne River valley. Newgrange and Knowth are about 40 minutes from Dublin. Some tours include the Hill of Tara or Trim, as well.

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We did on our trip this past Christmas. Bus to Belfast and back in one day, black taxi tour and stop at Christmas market at city hall and had a great time for less than $60 for the day including bus fare.

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I'd second the trip to Newgrange - only because I didn't get to go while I was there and others I have talked to said it's a do-not-miss site (well, now I know!). There are day trips from the main TI in Dublin.