I'd appreciate your feedback on a tentative walking route I plan to take Sun. morning, Aug. 20, our only day in Dublin at the end of a CIE bus tour. I'm trying to walk a route with the best photo ops, colorful doors, interesting architecture, etc. Any additions or route changes that you'd make? I know it will be a busy day but I'd like to see as much as we can. Thanks for your help.
Leave the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Rd by 8:15 am. Walk 1.4 mi, 29 min. to Trinity College. Walk across the Grand Canal (good photo op of canal on your left and at base of bridge on your right) then right along Fitzwilliam Place via south and west side of 18th and 19th century Fitzwilliam Square; stop for pics of colorful doors like #38 and #46, the most photographed door in Georgian Dublin. Turn left on Baggot St and walk past the the Shelbourne Hotel to the Fusiliers’ Arch at St. Stephen’s Green (the park doesn't open until 9:30). Backtrack a bit and walk up Dawson St past the Mansion House and St Anne’s church. Take a picture of the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk St. Walk around the grounds of Trinity College and tour the Book of Kells from about 9:00-10:30. (buy fast-track tickets online for 10 euro for the 9:30 time slot, vs. 11 euro if we waited in line).
Walk .7 mi, 14 min to EPIC Ireland. Upon leaving Trinity College turn right onto College St., then right on Townsend St., left on Tara St. and right on George’s Quay. Take pics of the 1791 Custom House from across the River Liffey and close up of the sculptures representing Ireland’s rivers. Cross the Talbot Memorial Bridge. Stop for pics at the Famine Memorial. Tour EPIC from about 11-12. (free with CIE voucher; 60 min. guided tour at 11). Eat lunch in the CHQ Building. (Is there another lunch location you'd recommend that would be quick?)
Cross the Sean O’Casey Bridge, just east of EPIC. Take pics of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and harp-shaped Samuel Beckett Bridge in the distance. Walk .2 mi south on R 814 to Pearse St. Turn right and walk .3 mi to the HoHo stop 7A. Get off at stop 10 to tour the Chester Beatty Library/Dublin Castle. Then backtrack .8 miles via Dame Lane, South Great George's St, Exchequer St, Grafton St, Duke St, Dawson St, Molesworth St, and Kildare St and tour the National Museum of Archaeology after it opens at 2.
Is the museum at the Gaol worth some time to visit (I'd have to do it before our 5:30 tour which is the last one of the day) or should I spend any extra time at the Museum of Archaeology?