Can anyone tell me a day trip or anything that they think is worth seeing in or around Dublin. I have 2.5 days there this coming week and am trying to fit as much as possible in and would appreciate any insight.
There are two that I can recommend. One is to Newgrange which is north of Dublin and one to Glendalough which is south of Dublin. Bus Eireann has tours to both of these places,check their web site.www.buseireann.ie .There are numerous other companies offering tours also. Wild Wicklow Tours-Over the Top Tours and Irish Rail also offers several day tours.
Glendalough and Newgrange are both wonderful sites. At this time of year you won't encounter peak season crowds, either. Bus tours are a good option, but if you are driving, Newgrange is only about 40 minutes from Dublin.
The two options mentioned above are very good. If you find that you just can't decide, there is a very good TI in an old converted church very close to Dublin Castle. You can't miss it.
Newgrange is a MUST SEE.
I also think Newgrange is a must see.
Definitely Glendalough. It was beautiful, and we had a chance to hike there even though it was the rainest day. We spent the night in Rathdrum, just south of there. Great little town to spend in if you have a night there.
I thought that the best sight actually in dublin was by far Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity college--book of kells. But the Jail was my favorite! I also spent a lot of time outside of Dublin and that was FAR more enjoyable. For sure visit Glendalough. If you have time to see Blarney castle it was one of the best stops on my entire tour of Ireland! Galway (on the west coast) was great too. And the cliffs of Moher which are also on the west coast. Don't know if you can/want to make it out there, but it was really great. Have a nice trip!
The Arlington Hotel offers a traditional Irish dinner, music and dancing. I went last week and had a fantastic time! Try to get seats close to the stage - maybe book it a day in advance. Its right on the Liffey and easy to find.
We actually enjoyed the Guinness tour - and the view from the 360 bar. It was a beautiful day which offered outstanding views of the city.