Off and On Bus
The first thing you must do is take a tour on the one of the hop off - hop on buses. We took the City Tour, Dublin Sightseeing bus. It's a great way to get your bearings, learn about the city's monuments and decide what you would like to see. City tour has 23 stops at Dublin's historic and cultural highlights. The complete tour lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. Their pamphlet gives you a short history of the stops and are numbered on the map so you will know where the bus will be stopping next. The times are even listed so you know when the bus will be returning to the stop you are visiting. If you are going to be in Dublin for three days they sell 3-day passes at a discount.
If the wind is blowing in Dublin and you're from a warm climate like California, riding the bus is much more comfortable than fighting the wind.
Check with your hotel or a tourist office for the location of the bus stop nearest you or look for the green tour bus sign usually with the local bus stop signs. There is many historical sights to see and always a festive air about Dublin.
Newgrange is a must see. It...
Newgrange is a must see. It is outside Dublin city but is the oldest site in Ireland. pre dates the pyramids by about 1000 years!! It has been restored to a certain extent, but does have a false look about the entrance. Dont even bother to attempt to go there at the spring solstace as it is booked out for quiote a few years.
Grafton Street's buskers
If the weather is good, make sure to take a stroll down Grafton St, especially if school is out, because there are bound to be several very talented groups playing along the street. They vary from young people playing classical chamber music, to duos singing REM songs, or more offbeat material, to the old staples, like the middle-aged blues guitarist, who has inspired more than one youthful imitator. There are also street entertainers, dancers and the occasional didgeridoo-player and pan-pipe group to get your attention. Whoever is there, the quality of the music is always excellent, and the musicians well worth your euro or two.
Temple Bar Love it or hate it
Afternoon and early evening it is fine- food coffee, street entertainment, Temple Bar is excellent.
By 9 or 10pm its getting drunk, and rough, and full. And Smelly. Really smelly. Now this is not something you often see about a place, (except maybe Hong Kong), but by late evening the bars in Temple Bar stink. Rowdy energetic drinkers who have been on the go for hours now need a shower, badly. Add to this the unfortunate combination of burgers and pints (Beef and Guinness) to add a worse aroma. And with the workplace smoking ban, there is nothing to cover it up. Crowded pubs of sweaty beef eaters.
Oh how lovely. We are so proud.
So no matter how impressed you were initially, when you leave you will hate it.
The International code for Ireland is 00 353. The local area code is 01. Emergency numbers is 999 this number will get you through to an operator will be direct your call for Fire, Police, Lifeboat. Directory enquiries number is 11811 or 11850. The Irish tourist Assistance service can be contacted on 01 478 5295