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Family trip to Dublin

Will be flying to Dublin with family in early June, has 3 days. We wanted to explore Dublin in 1 day then maybe do a day trip to Belfast the next day. Any suggestions on what to see in Northern Ireland, like Belfast and maybe Giant Causeway? Or is it better to stay in southern Ireland and explore the outskirts of Dublin like Blarney Castle, the famous Rock, etc. Any suggestions to do in a short time will be highly appreciated.

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1. Re: Family trip to Dublin

Blarney isn't on the outskirts of Dublin! It is just over 160 miles away. Belfast is 106 miles and the Giant's Causeway is another 62 miles after that.

You need to look at a map and figure out what you really need to do in such a short time here. I suggest that you get a Freedom Ticket and explore Dublin City - maybe take a spin on the DART train out of town to the outskirts [10 miles to Killiney, 8 to dalkey, 9 to Howth and the same to Malahide] or book a day trip to Glendalough with a tour operator such as Wild Wicklow [coach] or Railtours Ireland [train & coach]

That way you wont have to worry about driving/parking.

Don't forget to factor in jetlag.

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You could day trip to glendalough. Kilkenny. Newgrange no where else. Blarney is in cork over a hunderd miles away same as causway. Three days is very little just stay in dublin maybe glendalough which is outside the greater city area 30mins+

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Hi illinoisresident

Just to agree with what the others have said - with so little time in Ireland you would be better to take a day trip from Dublin. For lots of suggestions on doable day trips, have a look at the top questions about Dublin on the right hand side of this page.

Have fun planning!

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If you want to do a day trip from Dublin to Belfast, it's certainly do-able. The train takes only 2 hours and there are multiple departures each day. (Take a look at the Irish Rail website). If you take the first train of the day to Belfast and the last train of the day back to Dublin, you'd have around 10 hours to spend in Belfast itself. That would give you plenty of time to do the City Sightseeing HO/HO bus (which we thought was quite well done), visit the Crown Bar Saloon (and maybe book a snug for a meal), tour the Titanic Experience, walk through the Botanical Gardens, etc. You just won't have time to go to the Giant's Causeway.

Although we had more time to visit Belfast that you will, we thought it was a great city.

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5. Re: Family trip to Dublin

Thanks so much for all the suggestions. I wish we could stay longer in Dublin but we're actually heading to Rome, Italy for our Greek cruise and just made this a side trip. But I'll consider taking day trip maybe to Belfast then Causeway; and also explore local Dublin sights. Hopefully, I can come back next time for a longer time to discover Ireland more.

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With a family I think the Green Hop on Hop off bus would be a good idea. It is an open-top double decker bus that brings you to/past all the sites you need to see in Dublin and will save your feet on such a short visit. The live commentaries are good and you will see a lot in a day.

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