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Travel to Ireland

Updated on March 19, 2015

Dublin at Night

Dublin at night along the Liffey River.  Photograph taken by Polly Davies
Dublin at night along the Liffey River. Photograph taken by Polly Davies

Dublin, Ireland The City Centre

Travel from the airport is easy enough as there are a number of transport services in Ireland. Once you reach the airport you can either take a bus or a cab which will not cost you too much.

The first stop should be Dublin as this is the city centre filled with a fantastic buzz and the nightlife is something that you have to experience while you are there.

Accommodation in Dublin can get expensive but there are a few places that are cheap enough for you to keep money to spend on souvenirs.

If you want a comfortable five star experience then a hotel like the Gresham or the Shelbourne Renaissance hotel are fantastic but expensive if you are on a budget. The average price of a room for these hotels range between 100 to 250 euro's per night.

For a chance to meet Bono and U2, you can stay in their hotel called the "Clarence" which is an average of 200 euro's per night but if it is five star service you are looking for then you would have a better chance of meeting the band as the service and the décor is old and tired.

Spending money on expensive accommodation is not worth your while as there is so much to do there and finding something central just to allow you to explore Dublin is a good idea.

Budget accommodation in the city centre should cost you about 30 euro's per night but to find the cheapest rate you can look at lastminute.com as they have specials and "top secret" locations for great prices.

The city centre is in walking distance to everything but you do need to know that every city has their crime and to avoid being mugged, you should stay out of the alley ways and walk on the main roads or take a bus or cab to get to where you need to be.

Looking for accommodation in the city centre means that you need to know which of the streets are the most popular for tourists and stay one or two streets behind them.

Temple bar is a terrific place to let your hair down and have fun, listening to the Irish music on the cobble stone streets, visiting the local pub and places to eat can get expensive as they do cater for tourists. The best option is to look for the places that all the locals go to, to avoid being ripped off.

It is a festive city and the atmosphere is fantastic with so much to explore while you are there.

I would recommend staying in the city for two nights so that you can get to see everything there is to see there before you move on to the next stop.

Looking for accommodation is easy and all you need to do is ask a local for the best place. The Irish are very friendly and helpful, their currency is euro's and the drink in Ireland is Guinness.





The Guinness Storehouse, photographed by Pat Swan for the Guinness Photo gallery competition
The Guinness Storehouse, photographed by Pat Swan for the Guinness Photo gallery competition

Attractions in Dublin

Dublin has many places for you to see and the first stop should be the Guinness Storehouse. Here you can do the tour and watch how they make their famous drink as well as get your very own pint as you watch the view of Dublin from the "Gravity Bar."

There are souvenirs and you can eat there too but it is very interesting to have a look at the old building which was bought by the Guinness family when they signed a 9000 year lease for the property.

The Guinness Storehouse has its very own fire department, ambulance service and employees that have retired are welcome to go there every day for a pint.

The building itself, is beautiful and very old but fantastic to photograph.

You will find the Storehouse at St James Gate, Dublin and it is open from 9:30 to 5pm everyday and the tickets cost about 15 euro's per adult, which includes a free pint of Guinness.


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Saint James's Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland
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Guinness Storehouse can be found here.

Temple Bar on St Patrick's Day 2014.  Photograph taken from Independant.ie
Temple Bar on St Patrick's Day 2014. Photograph taken from Independant.ie

Temple Bar

For nightlife and a chance to let your hair down and enjoy the streets of Dublin, Temple Bar is a great place to be. It is full of tourists and there is live music, cobble stone floors and venues that stay open until late.

Most of the pubs in Ireland are only allowed to stay open until the last round is called at 11pm but in town it could go on all night.

Take a walk through temple Bar and try out the cuisine, gift shops and avoid being conned into buying things on the street as they do not work when you get home. If there is a bargain to be found, it will be in the store and not in the street.

The Medieval streets and preservation of the buildings is definitely something to take a look at.

The Temple Bar pub is the most popular pub and it is filled with tourists that can listen to traditional Irish music, have a pint of Guinness and enjoy the traditional Irish food.

If you really want to have a fantastic experience than I suggest Dublin on St Patrick's day for the festivities and non stop party vibe and Temple Bar is the place to be then.

The viking splash tour in Dublin takes you to see the great sites of Dublin by land and water, wearing a viking hat while you do it
The viking splash tour in Dublin takes you to see the great sites of Dublin by land and water, wearing a viking hat while you do it

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Viking Splash Tour Dublin

This is a great way to see the streets of Dublin as well as experiencing the River Liffey. The tour gets you to see the great sites in Dublin on land and on water, it is great fun and very informative.

The Viking tour is about an hour long and in the times change during Winter so you will need to check before you buy your tickets.

Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, government buildings and the docklands are what you will be able to see on the tour.

You can catch the bus or get there by train and it starts in Grafton Street, which is easy to find and also worth going to walk in as the shopping is fantastic, for those who can afford it.

The unique and well know store, "Brown and Thomas" is wonderful to take a walk through.

St Stephens Green also has a beautiful park to take a walk through and there you can catch up with students from all over the world as well as meet the locals who spend their lunch breaks on the grass.



Taylor James photography of 3d map of Ireland
Taylor James photography of 3d map of Ireland
Viking and Medieval tour at Dublinia
Viking and Medieval tour at Dublinia

Dublinia the Viking and Medieval experience

This is a great way to see what Ireland had to offer many, many years ago.

With this tour you can get to experience Dublin in the Viking and Medieval era where you learn about the history of Dublin and how the Vikings came about, what weapons they used and how it influenced Dublin today.

The Medieval experience allows you to dress up in the old clothing and walk around old Dublin where they take you through the famine, recreate sites, smells and sounds of the city.

It is a fascinating tour and you will have so much fun going through the history as a viking or whomever you choose to be.

The artefacts are there for you to see and the history of it all is very informative and made interesting.

It is open from 10 to 5pm every day and the tickets cost 7.50 euro's per adult. They do have a family price and it is worth the spend on this one.

The Christchurch Cathedral is next door and you can walk there via a bridge linking the two.

Christchurch cathedral and Dublinia Medieval tour. Photograph found on Dublin Ireland travel pictures
Christchurch cathedral and Dublinia Medieval tour. Photograph found on Dublin Ireland travel pictures

Kylemore Abbey, county Galway

This is also a mind blowing experience and we hired a car to travel through the country side. There is so much beauty in Ireland with the green landscape and all the colour from the rainy weather.

To go through each place could take you a while but if you have the time then it is definitely worth spending in Ireland.

Kylemore Abbey was founded for Benedictine nuns who fled Belgium in the world war.

They do not speak and when you visit Kylemore you will notice that they are all silent. There is a section of the abbey that you are able to go through and it is very moving to be there.

A Gothic church and a beautiful Victorian garden is a must see here.

You can also go on a guided tour of the abbey where they will give you history and talks about Kylemore Abbey from the beginning.


Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, county Galway, Ireland.  Photo taken from album private collection
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, county Galway, Ireland. Photo taken from album private collection
Watch the master cutters at work in the House of Waterford Crystal Photo taken from the gallery of House of Waterford Crystal
Watch the master cutters at work in the House of Waterford Crystal Photo taken from the gallery of House of Waterford Crystal

Waterford

Each county in Ireland has something special to see and if you love crystal than you can go to Waterford and have a look at how it is made. You might even find yourself buying a souvenir there too.

They have a guided tour and you can also visit the Waterford Castle here too, with so many beautiful and old buildings to feel as if you are going back in time.

Waterford does have a modern side to it and going to the House of Waterford is interesting.

The factory hours are open from Monday to Sunday and the retail store is open every day too.

The price to get in is 13 euro's per adult and you can watch the master cutters at work.


Blarney Castle

Kissing the Blarney stone is lucky and this is a trip worth going to do as the castle is fantastic and the scenery on the way there is so picturesque.

The Blarney Castle is in County Cork and you can travel there by bus or hire a car. Ireland is not very big but there is a lot to stop and look at.

The Blarney stone is not the only attraction here and the castle as majestic as it is can be deceiving to the eye as it looks longer than it is.

There are many other attractions to see and the gardens are also pretty and soothing.

The story of the stone is interesting to hear and you can be daring enough to hang on to a rail whilst leaning backwards as you kiss the stone.


Aran Islands

This is a weather dependant trip to take as if it is a bad day then your tour will be cancelled due to having to catch a ferry to the Islands, where they speak only Gaelic.

The rock was once joined to County Clare millions of years ago and the limestone landscape is something to see and experience.

Finding accommodation in Galway is easy as there are a number of bed and breakfasts that will organise your trip and give you a hearty breakfast before you go.

It is peaceful, tranquil and interesting to see the population on the island and the language that they speak.

You are able to go to the one and only pub that they have there but you are not welcome to stay overnight.

"Saints and Scholars" is what the name means and monuments, churches and celtic heritage from part of the three islands that can be explored via ferry for a day.

Aran Island is full of celtic heritage and they speak Gaelic here too. Photo taken from wonderfulireland website
Aran Island is full of celtic heritage and they speak Gaelic here too. Photo taken from wonderfulireland website

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      I loved it there too! Wow you lucky it is so festive there. Have a great time and have a Guinness with blackcurrent for me!

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      Leslie Caverson 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA.

      Loved visiting Dublin and plan on heading back this summer. Loved your post, good words and advice.

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you DDE I lived there for a couple of years and loved it!

      I have just looked at it and can't believe it is word for word!! Thank you for letting me know

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ireland sounds a great travel an your helpful points makes it so easy I like the photos. Thanks for following me.