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ioana
06-13-2012, 06:21 PM
Seeing how popular other travel threads turned out to be, I figured I should ask the experts about this as well. Am flying back from Europe to the US through Dublin and my flight gets in around midnight. Next flight leaves around 3 pm the next day, so that means I have some time to explore the city.

I was thinking about doing one of the bus tours (http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/citytour.aspx), but if there is anything else I should look into, please let me know.

GarrAarghHrumph
06-13-2012, 06:54 PM
I think a bus tour would be a good way to see the max number of sites quickly. Sounds like a good idea.

I noticed they offer several stops. If you have time for very little, make sure that one of the stops you pick is Trinity College.

ioana
06-14-2012, 02:03 PM
Thank you! One of the hotels I found was close to Trinity College, so I might just stay there in that case.

GarrAarghHrumph
06-14-2012, 02:56 PM
Thank you! One of the hotels I found was close to Trinity College, so I might just stay there in that case.

Trinity's very centrally located, near Grafton Street and other tourist areas. Lots to do in that neighborhood.

allezfred
06-14-2012, 04:59 PM
Only just saw this thread now!

If your flight leaves at 3pm, then you'll need to check in around 1pm at Dublin Airport. Flights to the US leave from Terminal 2 and you'll go through US Immigration before you board your flight.

It takes about 20-30 minutes by taxi from the city centre to the airport, so you're talking about leaving at 12:30pm approx. That gives you a few hours in the morning.

I would advise against the sightseeing tour because unless you're interested in passing by the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol or Dublin Zoo, it's not worth it. Dublin has a very compact city centre and you can walk very easily to quite a few sights.

If you haven't got breakfast at your hotel, I'd recommend an early start with breakfast at either Queen of Tarts (http://www.queenoftarts.ie/) or Bewleys Cafe (http://bewleys.com/bewleys-grafton-street-cafe) on Grafton Street for the lovely stained glass windows.

Then I'd take a tour of Trinity College (http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/tour-attractions/). The student tours are very good and include admission to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library. First tour begins at 10:15am.

I think you could probably fit in one more sight. Is there anything in particular you are interested in?

Southpaw
06-14-2012, 05:06 PM
Bewleys Cafe (http://bewleys.com/bewleys-grafton-street-cafe) on Grafton Street for the lovely stained glass windows.

Yeah! Bewley's!

ioana
06-14-2012, 06:22 PM
Then I'd take a tour of Trinity College (http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/tour-attractions/). The student tours are very good and include admission to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library. First tour begins at 10:15am.

I think you could probably fit in one more sight. Is there anything in particular you are interested in?

I was hoping there would be a few breakfast recommendations :). Both of those sound great, thank you! And good to know I should skip the bus tour since am not all that big into breweries or (another!) zoo. I can't think of anything off-hand that I would really like to see besides the Book of Kells which is already covered at Trinity.

Any quirky/local things like Museum of Broken Relationships (http://brokenships.com/) in Zagreb that came up when people were talking about Euros? I'd rather not rush through a bigger scale museum in one hour or however much time I have left after the Trinity College tour.

GarrAarghHrumph
06-14-2012, 07:06 PM
I was liking the idea of the bus tour specifically because it went to Guinness, which otherwise is a tiny bit out of the way. And the one thing I wish I'd done back when I lived in Dublin was tour Guinness. I used to walk by it, but at the time, I didn't drink.

Now I do. ;)

Southpaw
06-14-2012, 07:13 PM
The Guinness tour isn't all that great so you ain't missing much other than the idea of missing the Guinness tour! It's probably a million times more fabulous in yer head than it is in real life. No big loss!

Though I will admit....the freshly pulled pint at the end of the tour was pretty darn tasty.

allezfred
06-14-2012, 08:26 PM
Any quirky/local things like Museum of Broken Relationships (http://brokenships.com/) in Zagreb that came up when people were talking about Euros? I'd rather not rush through a bigger scale museum in one hour or however much time I have left after the Trinity College tour.

Something like The Little Museum of Dublin (http://www.littlemuseum.ie/)?

ioana
06-14-2012, 10:36 PM
Something like The Little Museum of Dublin (http://www.littlemuseum.ie/)?

Perfect! And it's literally down the street from Trinity College, which is a plus when I won't have a ton of time on my hands. Thanks again for all the suggestions -and feel free to add more later on if you feel inspired :)!

allezfred
06-14-2012, 11:24 PM
If you're after a coffee or a hot chocolate, try Butlers Chocolate Cafe (http://www.butlerschocolates.com/pages/Butlers-Chocolate-Cafe/Butlers-Chocolate-Cafe.htm). There's a branch at the top of Grafton Street.

If the weather's nice, pop into Stephen's Green across the road.