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Just Dublin?

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Just Dublin?

Thinking about a trip this summer... Would we be cheating ourselves if we only spent a few days in Dublin and didn't see much else of Ireland?

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1. Re: Just Dublin?

It really depends on what you're looking for on your trip. In my opinion a few days in Dublin could be fantastic, especially if combined with 1 or 2 day tours outside of the city (thinking Glendalough and Newgrange in particular).

So what are your interests?


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2. Re: Just Dublin?

It depends on what you are looking for in a holiday. If it is a city break Dublin is a good destination but it is very different from the rest of Ireland. The most spectacular scenery is along the south west to north west coastline (my personal opinion of course).

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No that would be ideal then next year you can come back and do Leinster ans in 2013 Munster repeat tourist is what we need over here.

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Yes - unless you include days out from Dublin. At the very least do a day around the Wicklows to include Powercourt and Glendalough (one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland). Newgrange is pretty astounding too.

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5. Re: Just Dublin?

I pretty much have the same question. I am in Europe for a few months studying and would love to travel to Ireland for a few days(5 days at most) but won't have a car, so would I be able to visit sights outside Dublin with any form of public transport? Or would you recommend just staying in Dublin.

I love city sightseeing, but also any other natural or other sights worth seeing.


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6. Re: Just Dublin?

It depends how much time you have. Dublin as a great little city with lots to see, fascinating museums, galleries and a special feel about the place and some of the day trips, eg Glendalough, Newgrange are well worth doing and will give you a different perspective.. Howth is a pretty seaside town close to Dublin which is also worth visiting.If you only see one "site" in Dublin, for me it would have to be Kilmainham Goal, but there are lots more.

But great as Dublin is, if you have a bit more time, I would definitely try to see some of the breathtaking landscape further afield.

I always suggest Dublin - Galway as a good compromise for a short trip. You can get a bus or train to Galway City, or drive there in about 2.5 hours, and then you are in a good location to see the Connemara National Park, the Sky Road (one of the best scenic drives in the world), Cliffs of Moher (a bit over rated in my opinion but I know it is a must see for many visitors) Aran Islands and lots of other vary popular places which are very spectacular and uniquely Irish.The scenery is something magical and hard to describe - but it will exceed expectations.

I love Dublin, but I am lucky enough to be able to visit regularly, and I have family there. If I`m honest, I think I would recommend to USA visitors, that it would be worth seeing a little bit more of what makes Ireland so special if you have time.

If you dont have time- you can still enjoy Ireland via Dublin, and no doubt having visited once you will be back!

Hope you have a great holiday whatever you decide.

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I actually spent an entire week in dublin and did not feel like I was missing out. Of course, my reason for the trip was to soley explore dublin and area on its own rather than see little bits here and there of everything. You will not run out of things to do in dublin, it may be small but there is plenty to see and do.

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No... think that Dublin and it's surrounding venues would be a blast! Hope all works out well!...

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9. Re: Just Dublin?

For 3 days fine, For 5 days you need to get some comparisons. MsRiley is almost on my train of thought and unless Dublin has moved I would think you could include a good bit of Leinster on a full day out from the city. The question is would you be missing out? My answer is yes Dublin to me represents 20% of Ireland it has its own "feel" and whilst much of Ireland is catching up I for one might as well have stayed back in England rather than come back home for a better way of life.

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10. Re: Just Dublin?

Hello Cougwife.

As the others have mentioned, it depends on your interests and time plan...and there is only so much that you can squeeze in during a short visit. Dublin has its own unique charm, and although perhaps not quite up there with some of the larger capital cities in terms of visitor attractions, the arts and public transportation...it is certainly worth a couple of days to witness city life in Ireland.

Every county in Ireland (including Dublin) has a something to satisfy a variety of visitors...take county Clare...on the other side of Ireland (on the Atlantic west coast...my home county) ....it is a reliable location for trad music sessions, coastal scenery and historical monuments...however it is far better to access it through its Shannon airport.


The cliffs of Moher have been mentioned, but the lesser known cliffs at Loop Head or at Black head (along the burren) have their own draw:



The Burren national park is a limestone protected landscape, filled with ancient treasures, caves and wildlife.


Lake life is also quite satisfying


County Clare also has a good supply of medieval castles and friaries....along with monuments from the more distant past.




Scattery island and Holy island have round towers and the Arans islands are a short ferry ride from Doolin.



Also - wildlife enthusiasts come for bird watching and sealife



For the more active - there's a variety of sports and activities:



As mentioned; it really depends on the individual (and all counties have a mine full of activities)...time scale (if it is only three days with flights into / out of DN - then yes; it would be best to stick close to the city) and interests (you can see from the links that Clare would hold a completely different visitor experience to Dublin).

Whether or not you choose to wander outside of the capital, I'm sure that you'll have a great time!