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What to do in Dublin for 2 full days?

Hi guys,

Hubby and I will be in Dublin on our 11th Wedding Anniversary for 2 full days in September. Could you recommmend where/what to do for sight seeing and etc?

Posted by
668 posts

Walk up O'Connell Street. See the General Post Office and the monuments down the median. Come down to the River Liffy and cross the Ha'penny Bridge and stroll through the Temple Bar area. Go to Grafton Street and see the Molly Malone Monument Come down to Trinity College and view the Book of Kells, wander through the library and wonder at the old books in the tall shelves. Take the hop on hop off bus and see Phoenix Park and other sights which you may want to hop off at.

Posted by
1357 posts

If you've got any interest in history, do the 1916 walking tour. Well worth the time. The info's in Rick's book. It'll take you by places like Trinity and the GPO.

Book of Kells, St. Stephen's Green, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, there's a huge list of things to do. Most is walking distance, going places like Phoenix Park, Kilmainham, or Guinness are farther out. Guinness, unless you're huge beer fans, isn't worth the time and money, IMHO>

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506 posts

My favorite places in Dublin where Kilmaheim Jail and Trinity College Library. The historic Georgian Mansion was great too. We went to Dublin Casle and the Guiness Factory. We were there about two and a half days and found that we could see a lot very easily. Only took one cab out to the jail and Brewery. You walk past many of the sights just getting from one place to another. Also DON'T miss the National Museum. They have actual displays of the bog people and you learn so much about Ireland!!!That Museum really put all together for us.

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484 posts

Something a lot of people overlook, or may not be interested in, is live theater at the Gate,Abbey or Gaiety theaters as well as others I can't recall now. Some tickets as low as 18E for 65 and over. With Ireland's long tradition of exceptional writers it certainly is worth looking in to.

Posted by
34 posts

Also consider one of those hop on hop off bus tours. Good way to catch your bearings.

Posted by
1811 posts

Take a day trip to either New Grange or Glendalough.

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Iain, Maureen, Judy, Pat, John and Cynthia:

Thank you so much guys! I truly appreciate your time and effort in responding to my post. You guys have such a great wealth of info to share around here.

We can't wait to see these places you suggested :-)

By the way, has any of you here been to this restautant named "The Irish House Party"?

Thanks again!

Posted by
349 posts

I saw a great Sweeny Todd there so theatre might be a thought

Posted by
109 posts

An evening of food, folk and faries! It was fabulous. for reviews: or My husband and I went on our final evening in Dublin and it was the perfect ending to our trip there. We did the jail which was very moving. Guinness was okay, we liked Jameson better. The book of Kells, and the museum that was above recommended were good as well.

The musical pub crawl was fun and we visited temple bar (touristy, expensive but nice pictures during the day and night). Young party crowd there.

Enjoy your trip!

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12 posts

Ken, musical Pub Crawl sounds like fun but is that going to be a problem for non-drinker like us? My husband likes to drink beer every now and then but not in the last 8 months or so due to VSG surgery.

John, going to the theatre at night might be good idea just to relax ;-)

Rachel, thanks so much for recommending "An evening of food, folk and faries". I just shot an email to to inquire about the reservation.

Thank you guys for taking the time to respond to my question. You've been a great source of information here :-)

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2321 posts

I agree with previous posting/don't do the Guiness tour/to me not work it but the other suggestions were great/don't miss Kilmainhaim Gaol/if you have time before you go watch "In the Name of the Father" filmed there and true story/you can get there by bus/very easy

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97 posts

If you're up for a day trip, Newgrange and Knowth are fascinating and beautiful -- prehistoric passage tombs that between the two of them account for a significant amount of all the known prehistoric art in Europe.

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9363 posts

If you do consider the hop-on, hop-off bus you should know that the tickets are good for 24 hours. So ride it all the way around once to hear the tour (the guides are great fun - ours sang to us) and get your bearings, then use it as transportation back to the places you'd like to get off and see. If you buy your ticket mid-morning, you would have the rest of the day and the next morning to use the bus.

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55 posts

we don't usually use the hop on hop off tours but the one in Dublin is great-take it around once then decide where you want to go back and see-as said previously don't miss the Jail.I enjoyed the Dublin Castle and Trinity College Book of Kells.The Post Office is SO historic. Read the History of the Easter Irish Rebellion before you go-it helps a lot.Enjoyed a potato Boxty at Gallaghers Boxty House in the Temple Bar area-of course, my Mom was a Gallagher so we had to go there !

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115 posts

My husband and I did the Irish House Party in March and loved it! I sent you a private message about our experience.