I have been lurking on the Ireland boards, but this is my first post. Before I get to my questions, I want to thank everyone for the great advice as I have booked my tour (Vagabond) through what I have learned here. I never would have known about them otherwise.
We (my stepdaughter and I) will be visiting Ireland in July for just under 3 weeks. The first day in Dublin we will be arriving in the early a.m on a Sunday morning. It looks like we will have to take a taxi to the hotel the Grand Canal Hotel because the Air Coach no longer services the stop near the hotel. Is there any other alternative to a taxi? After we leave our bags at the hotel we will looking for a place to eat breakfast and a Tescos (to buy a cellphone). Any suggestions within walking distance of the Grand Canal Hotel?
The next 12 days we will be touring Ireland on Vagabond's 12 day Grand Tour: vagabondtoursofireland.ie/tours/…
After the tour ends on the 19th we will be staying a week in Dublin in the Temple Bar area. We plan to take a day trip back to Belfast to see the Titanic museum, but otherwise plan to spend the remaining days in Dublin.
Apart from purchasing tickets on the HoHo bus and seeing the sites what things are there to do for an older teen girl? She is very much a city girl who loves shopping, shows/music, and sweets. I am considering booking a tour a Butler's chocolate factory -- worth it? Also I am thinking of a few walking tours. I know about the Pub literary tour, but are other specialty ones -- such as music (thinking rock/pop music -- U2, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor etc) or ghosts? And what about the Viking exhibit/tour is this too young for her?
For shopping I know about Grafton street. We will probably spend a day there but what about flea markets or cool second hand shops that a college bound girl may enjoy?
Lastly, I want to have a formal tea and have been told The Shelbourne is the place to go?
Thanks so much for reading this!