Discussion in 'travel and world' started by moonsi til, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    Have created new thread as following my search I bumped a Dublin music thread thinking it was travel.

    Looking for suggestions for must sees/dos please. Going September for 3 nights with partner & 18yr old.

    I like a walking tour so will def seek to do that & a gig would be fab. The fringe festival is on whilst we are there so will look at that. We are staying next to Phoenix Park.
  2. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    Not sure if these are must see's but here's some suggestions.

    Avoid Temple Bar after 4pm.

    Trinity College is worth a visit to walk around the grounds, I've never done the Book of Kells but it seems to be popular with American tourists...

    I enjoyed the Guiness Brewery tour even as a sort of local it was a good couple of hours spent.

    Take a walk round the Georgian part of the South Side between Merrion Square and Leeson street. Mostly unspoiled (and not bombed) Georgian splendour. Natural History museum is there as well but I've not been there since I was a teenager.

    Howth harbour is worth a visit on the DART (30 mins). The seafood restaurants are properly good. Brass Monkey gave me the best calamari i have ever had anywhere. Nice views, sea and a walk around the harbour is a fine way to spend a couple of hours.

    Are you interested in history?
  3. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    Fab , thank you. And yes for history.
  4. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    The Croke Park Tour is well worth seeing. You get a fantastic view of the Dublin skyline too.
    Plenty history in the museum there..

    Guinness brewery has a good tour.
    As do Jamesons.

    Lots of hop on hop off bus tours and walking tours available.

    Dublin 2019: Top 10 Tours & Activities (with Photos) - Things to Do in Dublin, Ireland | GetYourGuide

    Kilmainham Gaol ...worth a visit if you're interested in history and if you're down around the Liberties at the Guinness Store anyway.

    As was said already Temple bar is best in the day.

    The National Gallery is nice and about 3km from the Guinness Store. And the National Museum has some lovely ancient celtic pieces.
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  5. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Oh...and the book of kells is worth seeing but there is always a long queue and you'll only get to walk around it for a minute or so.
  6. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

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  7. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    ... or film. It has been used in lots of films depicting English Victorian prisons.

    St Michan's catacombs, if they are still open, are worth a visit.

    My favourite pub is Kehoe's on South Anne Street and my favourite restaurant is FX Buckley on Pembroke Street.

    For a gig, try to get into Whelan's.

    Dublin is expensive. Stupidly so. And there are lots of junkies, beggars and scam artists. Keep your wits about you. Don't go near the Liffey boardwalk, if you go to the GPO, don't hang around O'Connell Street for too long, and stay away from Talbot, Abbey Streets etc, anything to the East of O'Connell Street. Also watch out for dickheads on the red Luas line.
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  8. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Raddled old poet

    Last time I was in Dublin they were still using the Punt, so my recommendations will be very out of date. But I love Dublin, and you’ve reminded me I need to go back.

    We discovered Mrs LR was pregnant with our younger daughter while there on one trip: we were having coffee in Bewley’s, and it dawned on us why she was experiencing certain symptoms, so she went across to Boots and bought a test, and performed it in Bewley’s toilets. Unbeknown to us, for years Daughter 2 had been telling people she was “conceived in Bewleys toilets on Grafton Street”, until, mortified, she discovered that “conceived” didn’t mean what she thought.

    You’ll have a great time. Go into the back bar in the Shelbourne and ask for a hot port, then pretend you’re an Irish politician while you drink it and listen to the other customers.
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  9. copliker

    copliker ...

    moonsi til Don't listen to this eejit. The places he's terrified of are perfectly normal and there are some well regarded food places on Talbot St.
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  10. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    I'm not terrified, I just can't be bothered with all the negativity surrounding the lifestyles which problem drug users lead.

    It's not my imagination:

    Dublin’s Liffey boardwalk: ‘It could explode in a second’

    Shoptalk: Talbot Street

    Is it time we give up on Dublin's O'Connell Street?

    Junkies' playground: Drug-users shoot up just yards from city centre primary school - Independent.ie

    I hate it round there. I used to live and work round Capel St in the early 2000s and spent loads of time round all those areas, but the North inner city has all gone to shite.

    Henry Street, Smithfield and the Italian quarter aren't just as bad as everything between O'Connell St and the IFSC. Most of Dublin has just given up on them.

    There's no way I'd advise any tourists to go there. You can have a great time in the city and not have to put up with that nonsense.
  11. copliker

    copliker ...

    The number of drive-bys on Abbey theatre attendees has fallen this year. Pull yourself together ffs. Hysterical culchies. Give me patience.
  12. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

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  13. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    As for pubs, far too many to list. But for old school vibes, there's these near Merrion Square

    Toners Pub - The Best Traditional Pub in Dublin
    Bar at Odonoghues for Traditional Irish Music Bars Dublin City

    All of these have been opened up a bit since I used to frequent them but they still retain the character, imho

    Also, off Grafton St and George's St, respectively

    Kehoes Pub | Traditional Dublin City Irish Pub | Tel: 01 6718335
    Stags Head Traditional Irish Pub Dublin - Live Music - Great Food

    I'd recommend avoiding Temple Bar for drinking in, it's overpriced and overrated. The area is grand for strolling about, checking out shops and eateries. There's:

    Connolly Books to feed the head

    Connolly Books | Ireland's Oldest Radical Bookshop

    And to feed the stomach

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  14. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    For walks, obviously, you've got the Phoenix Park.
    What to See | Phoenix Park

    There's Howth (take the DART to get there)
    Cliff Path Loop | Activities | Walking | Looped Walks | All Ireland | Republic of Ireland | Dublin | Howth | Discover Ireland

    A few stops on the DART towards the south of the city is

    Sandymount Strand, which is popular for some but I prefer another 20 minutes down the line to Killiney. Nice beach and hill to explore.

    Killiney Hill | Visit Dublin

    Or you could head a bit further on to Bray

    Bray Head Walk
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  15. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    My dad recently wanted to go to Temple Bar of an evening. We went to Oliver St John Gogarty. While it was expensive, over €7 a pint, there was no cover charge and a great traditional band on. He really enjoyed it, so don't rule Temple Bar out entirely. We maybe spent an extra €5 each on the 3 drinks we had, but enjoyed free music and a good atmosphere.

    Irish people do tend to stay away, but for a visitor I think it could be a worthwhile experience.

    By Smithfield there is the Cobblestone pub. Billy Connolly's favourite pub and when I saw Bowie at The Point in 2003, he announced from the stage that he had been there the night before. You're not likely to find either of them in there when you go, but it's nice enough to call in and think of them.

    Lupa told you to check out the Croke Park museum, but on 8th and 15th September you could go and see a game. Camogie and Ladies football finals are on. I think I read that last year's Ladies final was the largest attendance globally for a female sporting event in the year. Maybe the soccer world cup this year might challenge it for attendance, but it will be very impressive all the same.
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  16. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    I didn't say to rule out Temple Bar completely but it's rubbish for drinking in. I've been in more authentic Irish pubs in the US. Maybe it's 'cos of not living there anymore but would defo steer clear of the pubs there anytime at home.

    If I was forced to drink there, it would be The Palace Bar. One of the many great haunts of our literary tradition and (at least the last time there) not taken over by braying lads or hen night type gatherings.
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  17. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    Oh yeah, all Irish people do. It's like what you'd expect Disney to create.

    If I'm down there I'll go to the Hapenny Bridge Inn, but that's because it isn't Temple Bar.

    Tourists all love it though.
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  18. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    I started making a list of pubs but decided it was too risky, 4 of these were on it. :thumbs:
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  19. Mattym

    Mattym Well-Known Member

    Two things from the above which I really enjoyed......
    The trip out to Howth
    The food at Boxtyhouse (as recommended by krtek)- They do these great alternative to chips & some really nice broths/soups etc.
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  20. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Yeah, the Boxty place was really nice. And wasn't heaving with people when we went, good service and tasty nosh.
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  21. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    People knock Temple Bar...me included...but it's worth a visit for the "ambience". Buzzing place and nice during the day if you're passing through there anyway.
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  22. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    We all enjoyed that tour when we visited last year.
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  23. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I've just booked my flights for one night in October. Looking forward to it.
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  24. flypanam

    flypanam Docile slug

    Manor street has great food and pubs. Phoenix Park is a beautiful open space with deer, and Farmleigh house (in the park) is impressive and has donkeys.

    Sin e is a pretty good pub. Fully recommend Sandymount for a stroll and there are cracking bars along pearse street.
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  25. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    I go one week tomorrow. Our Air B&B is right next to Phoenix Park.

    I'm looking at Dublin Fringe to see if anything to book.
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  26. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Nice one.
    The Phoenix park is the largest enclosed park in Europe
    Just a random bit of info there. :)
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  27. Idris2002

    Idris2002 perkins saved by moscow gold

    Go to Connolly Books and purchase some leftie reading matter.
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  28. copliker

    copliker ...

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  29. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    Those who know about travel passes - what will we need for from airport , city centre ,Guinness / jail tour & staying at North Circular rd?
  30. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    I don't know about getting around town but the cheapest/quickest way to get in from the airport is the airlink.

    Dublin Buses

    Then you have the 3 main ways of getting around:
    Buses: Home - Dublin Bus

    Luas, (trams): Luas | Home

    DART (city trains): DART and Commuter Services

    Have a poke about on those sites and you should find the best way to get about on a combined ticket.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019

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