It's a good trap
There are plenty of internet cafes in Dublin, so don't worry about not being connected. However, try not to spend too much time in the net cafe. I popped into net cafes 4 or 5 times in my 3 days in Dublin, but mostly just to escape the rain and to check my email.
Unique Suggestions: The one pictured is in the Temple Bar area and it's part of a chain called, Net House. Go to www.nethousecafes.com. There all over Dublin and open 24 hours.
Sorry, but it just don't add up
'The Dublin pass' is similar in format to the 'pass' offered in many other European cities.
Unless you are brilliantly organised, the savings will only be minimal.
The pass gives access to 30 attractions (and discounts elsewhere), but the one day pass is a hefty 29 Euro. If you consider that adult entry to the Guiness storehouse is about 14 Euro, and Dublin Zoo much the same price, it begins to look less attractive.
Transport around Dublin is not included, although the website offers a 'Bus rambler' ticket which is well worth it.
The 'aircoach' (from the airport only) is included, and this would activate your ticket on the first day. Considering that you can use a local bus to get in from the airport, this again does not represent good value. You don't even get the aircoach back to the airport included.
So, unless you have planned out your trip to Dublin with military precision, give this offering of the tourist board the heave-ho. It's not worth the trouble.
A thing to watch out for is the 'tourist menu' Common through out Ireland. You will be offered 'traditional food' such as Irish Stew or champ at the same price as a great steak. Do youself a favour and have stew in a bar rather than a restaurant and you will save 90%. Seriously!
Smithfield Horse Market
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.
Haunted Dublin Walking Tour
I'm a huge fan of haunted walks and I've gone on several of them, mostly in Canada and in the US. As I was planning my trip to Dublin I came across some information about the haunted walk offered by Hidden Dublin Walking Tour (http://www.hiddendublinwalks.com; 9 Euros), and one evening we decided to give it a try. I have to admit that of all the haunted walks I've been on, this was by far the most disappointing. Our guide was nice and friendly, and I could see that she was trying hard, but her stories were simply not sufficiently researched. A huge part of the appeal of haunted walks for me is to learn quirky historical facts that you wouldn't be able to find out otherwise, but on this tour I didn't learn anything new about Dublin. Since the stories were so short, it left A LOT of time for walking, and walking we did! We pretty much covered the entire downtown area in less than 2h - those in the group who did not have good walking shoes on did not seem to be enjoying themselves... So all this to say that I would not recommend going on this tour.
Unique Suggestions: Well, since we literally walked all over the downtown area, it does help you figure out where all the major attractions are located... and it's a heck of a workout!
Fun Alternatives: The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour is supposed to be much more interesting, so do that one instead (http://www.1916rising.com)!
Research Tour Companies BEFORE YOU BOOK.
Its not often I post a negative review as my travel experiences are for the most part wonderful. So it stands to reason that I wish the same for others. This tip has therefore been updated only for this purpose and I sincerely hope that the tourism operator mentioned has, in the interim, lifted their standards.
Ireland is a wonderful hospitable country and I enjoyed my time there immensely. With one exception....
"Day Tours Unplugged" is just one of many companies running tours from Dublin to the County Wicklow Area, Glendalough and the Hill of Tara.
Speaking from personal experience I found this company to be very unprofessional and this tip is written solely to inform potential customers that some Tour Companies do not always deliver on their promises to customers.
On the morning of my tour I was not collected from my pick up point despite having booked and paid for the tour months in advance and while I was annoyed at missing out (on doing a tour I was particularly looking forward to), I was much more annoyed by the arrogant attitude of the company's staff. They weren't at all apologetic for letting me down quite the opposite in fact. Maybe they forgot that tourist Euros pay their wages!!!
I notice that this particular tour company has fallen steadily from being number one on the Tripadvisor Dublin Attractions list to number 23, indicating that if a business fails to impress its customers then consequently they will be honest in their appraisal.
I wrote my own Tripadvisor review highlighting my disappointment, which management responded to, although not surprisingly, they confused me with another unhappy customer and their reply did not relate in any way to me or my personal experience with them.
Based on the inaccuracy of their own reply I would be very dubious about the authenticity of the many glowing reviews written about this company. It seems a little suspect that the majority are written by people whose only contribution to Tripadvisor is one review praising this tour.
It concerns me that this business may be spending time trying to negate the effects of falling ratings (which by their unprofessionalism they have created themselves) by posting bogus positive reviews. If that is the case, I think time would be better spent creating positive rather than negative outcomes for their customers by concentrating on providing what they advertise.
Unique Suggestions: Ethically Tour Companies should provide what is listed on their website. My best advice is to do some research. Read as many reviews as possible on a number of different travel websites before you BOOK.
The Temple Bar casino is situated in a backstreet in Temple Bar.
The casino itself is situated underground, like many are in Manchester.
The difference being, is that most casinos I have been to have had more than one table.
The place was the size of my kitchen, and we were the only non-Chinese people in there.
We discovered that there were minimum bets and all sorts of ways of parting us fools with our money.Related to:
- Gay and Lesbian
- Casino and Gambling
Although the Dublin Pub Crawl...
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!
ceili at monkstown
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".
the brazen head pub
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
Dublinia. Now there's an...
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.
Okay, so we went all the way...
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...
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...
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.
O'Connell Street. Close to...
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!
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