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Getting to see everything, tasting Dublin in every sense of the word
Try to arrive a bit early at the airport, so you can make most out of your first day!
great discounts and free entry, a booklet with all attractions. Also nice offers, free gifts, discount on music and theater.
You can get the pass via internet or just buy it at the airport Terminal 1,(sometimes with a discount) Th tourist information point at the airport is small, but very informative and you immediately get to know the kind nature of the Irish!
Take the bus into the city: for free with the dublinpass, so the first thing is 'in the pocket'!
12:00 Check in at the hotel, The Mespil is really nice and not too expensive since it's on the edge of the centre, but still it is a good starting position for sightseeing. Breakfast here is really brilliant!
13:00 Walk up to the Georgian houses (grab a sandwich on your way over), it's you first acquintance with the city, so enjoy the scenery, and when you're not from the UK etc.: just do like the locals do and watch out: keep left!!
Number Twenty Nine is like stepping back in time. How did the better half live? The tour is really informative
15:00 No entry fee, and with the pass you'll get a 10% discount at the cafe, so if the eralier sandwich didn't suffice, grab a cuppa and some cake overhere!
You also get 4 postcards and discount in the museumshop.
The building is grand and old and impressive and of course so are the viking artefacts. Of course there is an Egyptian and classical departement, but early medieval Irish is the best!
After this visit you deserve a beer! Locals will advise you what to get!
Day 2 After a nice full breakfast you are prepared for a nice walk, first through St. Stephens Green to get the blood running!
10:00Through a bit of a shopping area and so we get to the impressive square of Trinity college with the beautiful Campanile... it makes you feel really humble.
10:45 Of course we move right along to the Library and the book of kells, nu Dublin Pass here, but well... we can't skip this, can we now?
It really is impressive and the long room in the old library is magnificent! (also loved the museumshop by the way)
12:15 You simply MUST go inside, it is such an amazing building, you get to feel so small.... really from the time where banking mattered, no easy internet access in those days, the days where you had to say please and where you got some personal service....
12:45 time to get some food and where better to do so than here!
It's your first encounter with this lively area. Just stroll around and when you're in luck you will find the organic Farmer's market and get some hot cider and fantastic rolls.
13:45 after walking through the templebar area,: Since it is a birthdaytrip, of course there has to be cake! And what a cake it is...wow, everything is good here and it's always busy, but well worth the wait!
14:30 (Check out opening times: on Saturday they open late, entry is by guided tour only, so you might want to schedule getting entry tickets, which are free with the pass).
Of course you have to see the old heart of the city and even get to the oldest fundaments of the castle!
15:30 close by you'll find the Cathedral. Free entry and discount on audiotour. The Tudors was recorded here and you can get coffee in the medieval crypt!
Liked the tale of the cat and the rat, mummified. There are leaflets in all kinds of languages and the history of this Cathedral is grand, so a visit is well worth it!
16:15 just walk a bit back and visit City hall. (free with pass). In the vaults you will fins an exhibition on the city's history, really interesting and makes you understand everything you have seen of the city so far. The audiotour is helpfull!
17:30 after all this sightseeing, it's time to get a drink again! Here they make their own beer and it is great! The pub has a fantastic atmosphere, live music, Ireland at it's best!
Get a sampletray to taste even more of these brilliant beers!
20:00 After having dinner in the Tenple bar area don't forget to pay a visit to the oldest pub in town, it's so cozy, great music, good beers!
Day 3 again with the full breakfast we have a good start for a lot of sightseeing.
10:00 St. Patricks, free entree with the pass, beautiful architecture
11:00 not to far from the cathedral, again free entry with the pass, a fantastic heritage centre, three exhibiotions: Vikings, Medieval Dublin and ' how do we know all this?', Really loved this venue, shop is great as well, really entertaining!
12:30 Of course we have to taste the best fish and chips in town. People are a again really nice and will help you choose (one fishie is quite enough for two!)
13:15 and so we arrive at the walhalla of Irish beerdrinking! Good informative tour (on your own) which finishes in the tower with great view of Dublin and of course a pint of guiness!
14:30 Walk across town towards Jameson, first go up with the elevator for another great view of the town.
15:00 Free entry with the pass. Guide is very funny and also well-informed. Of course you get a tasting after the tour
16:15 Free entry and a free book with the pass and 10% discount at the cafe. We did not think of going here 'till we got the booklet of the Dublin Pass, and what a surprise it was, most defenitely worth a visit!! Miniatures, papyrus, robes, prints... and such a nice display!
17:15 lets catch our breath and have a nice hot chocolate in this cozy atmosphere
18:30 make reservations ahead of time and get a great Irish meal with boxty ( a kind of pancake) clam chowder is also fantastic.
It's really busy, packed with guests but for a reason!
Day 4 after a last full breakfast we leave or luggage at the receptiondesk after checking out and start our last day of exploring this lovely city.
10:00 we did not really shop yet, so now is the time! Interesting architecture in this centre!
Discount with Dublin Pass.
11:30 The funniest tour I've ever been on!! You get to see and learn a lot, go into the water and you get to shout at people!
13:00 For a great Luncheon just before going back to the hotel to get your luggage, go to O'Neill's with the big clock hanging outside. Queu up and feel like a local!
Hope you've enjoyed the trip!