Adjacent to Christchurch cathedral is Dublinia, a museum of Viking Dublin. I think my expectations where a bit too high but I was very much "underwhelmed".
Unique Suggestions: I think at least this museum would be more enjoyable for kids than most of the other museums.
Fun Alternatives: There are lots of other museums you might want to consider such as the National History Museum or the Natural History Museum.
Well, it’s not exactly a tourist trap, as it is not exactly a tourist attraction, but I’ll put it in here, anyway:
Every first Sunday of the month there is a horse fair on in Smithfield (near the Four Courts). It’s a bit of a rough-and-ready sort of thing, with many sturdy piebald and skewbald horses for sale, as well as ponies and donkeys. I visited it in 2000, and was not impressed. It seemed to be an unregulated and unsupervised affair, with horses and ponies not always in the best of shape, and some being sold to teenagers who raced them up and down the cobblestones. It might be one of Dublin’s old traditions, but some changes and regulations in the interest of animal welfare will certainly not go amiss.
Somewhere south of Dublin, in an area called Monkstown, there a cultural centre called culturlann na heireann where a few tiomes a week it's possible to take part in ceili nights. What can I say? It wuld have been a good idea if the whole point had been to keep the ceili tradition alive... but when i was taken there.. it's was a"i try to teach u to dance" evening aimened at tourists. Not very enjoyable, nor authentic
Unique Suggestions: Nope, there's no excuse, just don't go. Buy a video.. it's more fun and better danced.
Fun Alternatives: If it's ceili or set dancing you're interested in, the only "authentic" alternative is to be invited by some locals - possibly out in the country - for some wedding. Then there are slight chance of being part of the original "dance".
it's reknown as the oldest pub in Dublin. While this claim it's possibly true, it's also true the fact that it attracts the tour-bus crowd and the unimaginative tourist. traditional music on most night - of the worst kind. It's in the Liberties, at 8 Bridge Street
Unique Suggestions: The only way to make the experience bearable is to ignore your neighbour and get drunk as fast as you can.
Fun Alternatives: any other pub would do
Although the Dublin Pub Crawl is a tourist's event, it can be lots of fun. You start out at The Oliver St.John Gogarty Pub in Temple Bar, and hit several pubs, accompanied by tourguide- musician. It's a nice way to sample the scene if you are traveling by yourself, but music can be more enjoyable when you find a comfortable pub with a group of musicians and settle in for the evening!
Guiness Brewery Tour. This is not a working factory. Instead, visitors see an audiovisual presentation on the beer's history, exhibits on the brewing process and lots of advertising posters. If you want to drink Guiness, skip the tour and hit a pub.
Unique Suggestions: I took a wonderful picture of the front gate from the bus.
Fun Alternatives: Have a pint of Guiness at any pub in Ireland.
O'Connell Street. Close to the history of Irish independence it may be, but now it's a tacky thoroughfare of fast-food joints. It catches the wind something rotten too, and the statue of the spirit of the Liffey, known as 'The floozie in the jacuzzi', has been taken away, apparently having been used as a receptacle for fast food containers (and worse!) for years. The North Side has much better things to offer than this!
Dublinia. Now there's an idiotic view to Dublin through the ages... You can't hear some of the presentations because of the noise of shouting merchants (on tape, don't be alarmed) and after hitting someone (fake person, don't worry) on the head with a rubber ball that person (tape, relax) will tell you why he is standing there being hit over the head with rubber balls. Personally I did not understand one single word, but hey, give it a shot (with the balls) if you want.
Don't be fooled by the words 'luxury apartments' in Oliver Gogarty's adverts for their self-catering flats in travel brochures. They are hard to find (on top of a carpark building) and their booking office is even harder to locate. The apartments were dirty, insufficient towels, no teamaking supplies for your first night there. The showers were grotty-as, hot & cold water fluctuated alarmingly in them, the washhand basins taps didn't work etc etc. We had intended staying there several days while 'doing' Dublin, but booked out the next morning. They weren't cheap to rent, but most backpackers' hostels would have been palaces in comparison. The adverts state carparking available, which it is, at horrendous rates in the carpark building: 43 euros for 24 hours!
Okay, so we went all the way to Dublin, and instead of seeing all the tourist traps, we got the local version....which means we never saw the Book of Kells. I'm okay with that. I have art books with pictures of them.
Here is a hostel I definitely would not recommend is Mount Eccles Court.It was horrible,there were refugess and homeless staying in our room with us,the smell was horrible.And it wasn't the cleanest,I never dreaded going back to my room as much as I did when I was staying here.You have to be very carefull when choosing a hostel in Dublin.The area wasn't very safe either.
Be careful of the street magicians that you may bump into. They claim to be magicians but they are street people trying to bilk you out of your needed tourist dollars!
This guy, called himself 'Jimmini the Great'. Claimed to be pulling a white scarf out of his nose. I think it was a tissue.
St Stephen's Green closes at night, so make sure you run out in good time and don't remain trapped there all night! However, during the day you can do whatever you wish - rest, read, smooch your fellow man (or woman), sunbathe, or give yourself a thorough clean-up like my friend decided to do.
ENGLISH VERSION DUBLIN is not only TEMPLE BAR or O' CONELL STREET, where anyway prices are more expensive than elsewhere. Get around the corner and see other districts, even the harbour or other old small streets. You'll also meet real dubliners. VERSION FRANCAISE DUBLIN ce n'est pas seulement TEMPLE BAR ou O' CONELL STREET où les prix sont de toutes façons, plus chers qu'ailleurs. Il ne faut pas hésiter à sortir des sentiers battus et aller visiter d'autres quartiers comme le port ou de vieilles petites rues où l'on rencontre aussi, des vrais dublinois.
December 20th, 2001:
Forget it - the bridge is back and open ... and white!
December 12th, 2001:
The bridge is uncovered again but not open yet!
If you plan to visit Dublin in 2001 be prepared that you won't see Ha'penny Bridge. All you will see is a scaffolding where the bridge normally is.... the bridge was getting old and maintainance work was necessary!