My wife and I will be making our first trip to Ireland this summer. We’ll be doing this a part of a tour group (another first for us; we’ll see how we like that much structure on a trip, but that’s something for the trip report). The good news is that the itinerary looks very interesting and does give us a little time for exploring on our own. We will be in Dublin for two nights at the start of the trip and have two afternoons open to head off on our own. DW would like to visit the zoo (seems that we have to visit the zoo anywhere we go that has a zoo!). So, I’m wondering if we can just walk there from the Hotel Belvedere. Google maps shows the walking distance as just under 4 km (2.5 miles), so we’ll be walking 10 to 12 km total (so maybe 7.5 miles), so the distance is not a concern.
So, is this a realistic walk to make in terms of having a safe route (pedestrian walks; I would hate to get run over on my first day in Dublin).
Google maps give the default route as mainly along North Circular Road. Is there a better route? Or should be we looking to do some sort of loop to see more of the area? What about a loop that takes us down by the river? Or is this all just a bad idea?
And let me also ask the bigger question: is the zoo worth the time, since we have a limited amount of time in Dublin? The comments I have read on TA and elsewhere are generally positive.
BTW, the guided tour that is part of the package does not have a lot of details, other than mentioning the Bank of Ireland, Leinster House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the architecture along the River Liffy. Trinity College and the Book of Kells is not part of the tour, but we’ll certainly include that in our own explorations.