Ireland Tourist Traps

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  • Tourist Traps
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    View from one side of the Gravity Bar,
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Ireland Tourist Traps

  • Temple Bar

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    Nice area with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants but definitely aimed at tourists & hence pretty expensive. Go & see it but if you want souvenirs, food or drink there's plenty of other places to choose from!!! The side streets between Grafton Street and George's Street offer main smaller shops and restaurants without the crowds of Temple Bar...

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  • Blarney Castle

    Cork Tourist Traps

    Blarney Castle - yes I know I have photos of it in my travelogue but really unless you get excited at the thought of hanging upside down 300 feet up just to kiss a big stone then give it a miss!! This is especially true in Summer when you will probably have to queue for a while before your turn comes - just think of all those people slobbering all...

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  • Jaunting carts

    Killarney Tourist Traps

    We were stopped by a jaunting cart driver who wanted our business. We told him we were looking for horse back riding and he got kind of rude and said it was too late inn the season for that and he was about the only way to see the area. Around the next bend we found a man renting horses for riding. One of the best memories of the trip.

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  • Pony & Trap

    Inishmore Tourist Traps

    Even though they definitely fit better here than to any big touristy city in the world - they still have the tourist trap touch for me. Take a picture of the cool old fellas and their horses! Rent a bicycle to explore the island!

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  • National Craft Gallery

    Kilkenny Tourist Traps

    The National Craft Gallery is across the road from the castle, but there really is not much worth looking at in there. Within these grounds, is Butler House, which is also a hotel. It was formerly the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle. It was refurbished by Kilkenny Design. While it looks great, but it does look rather impersonal IMO

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  • Bunratty Castle

    Shannon Tourist Traps

    Hmmm... so what does this title mean? Well, in my humble opinion, this should not be considered at "Tourist Trap". But since it is already on the list, I want to add my thoughts. To me, a "Tourist Trap" is something where you feel you did not get equitable value for the money you spend. Quite the contrary, I felt the visit to Bunratty was enjoyable...

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  • Blarney Castle

    Ireland Tourist Traps

    We did it...well my mother did anyway...we climbed up those circular castle stairs...(God only knows how many...but there were alot and they were falling apart)We get to the top of this huge castle...and my mother tells me we're going to 'kiss the blarney stone'... oh good heavens! I looked down... and then, they (the they being these two men...

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  • Guinness Brewery

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    So before i visited the brewery i read lots of fellow VT'ers opinions on it. I have to say for the most part they were correct. Altough there were a few intresting things to see and you get a "free" pint of guinness, there is nothing great about this place. As you have undoubtable read it has not been a working brewery in a long time. So you do not...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    Ireland Tourist Traps

    Well this was my third trip to Ireland so it was time to take a dive for the #1 Tourist Trap of all Tourist Traps...Bunratty castle and the Mideval Banquet, the night before our flight out of Shannon. I think ours was tough to take because it was off season and we had a bare-bones crew. The silliness got to me with the performance and I would have...

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  • Book of Kells

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    I do not know if it is a usual practice, but we arrived 20 or so minutes before the Book of Kells exhibition closed and were let in for free. With that behind us, we were rather impressed. I agree with previous tips that the Long Room was more interesting than the book. I found 20 minutes to be plenty. I fear I would have felt very very...

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  • Temple Bar

    Ireland Tourist Traps

    The Temple Bar Pub in the heart of the Temple Bar district of Dublin caters mostly for tourists. The bar has traditional Irish music and serves Guinness. That's about all there is to this place! Yes it tries very hard to recreate what tourists want, but it fails as there is just no ambience in the place at all. It's noisy and crowded most of the...

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  • Transport

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    I have booked a return taxi transfer Dublin Airport- Best Western Sheldon Park Hotel Dublin for the 16th/19th March on the 9th March at Dublin Taxi Transfers. On 16th March I did not have any problem with the transfer. To be sure about the return I have emailed a confirmation about the order of a taxi at the hotel at 8:00 AM and we have recieved...

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  • Dublin Castle

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    The Dublin castle basicaly doesn't exist anymore, it was destroyed during the uprisings and rebuilt in a diferent style than the original. If you epect a real castle you WILL be disapointed, especially since it is now surrounded by office buildings. What is worth visiting are the castle grounds, maybe bring your Starbucks in and simply relax there....

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  • Millenium Spire

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    Big ugly thing stuck in the middle of the main street O Connell St. What an eye-sore. What an expensive eye-sore it was to build too... If you have to visit, view it from Henry St...you get the full effect, without being knocked down by raging traffic.

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  • St Patricks Cathedral

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    I was dissapointed to find out you had to pay to get into St. Patricks (5 €) and that the shop was larger than the cathedral itself. I didnt pay to get into a shop, instead, I enjoyed the outside of it. go check the garden besides it. It is incredible St. Mary's Pro Cathedral, small, off the typical routes, free and charming.

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  • Dublin Zoo.

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    Dublin Zoo is very old and space is limited. It is depressing to see the animals in small enclosures, but for the most part, they're really well looked after, and the keepers care about them. However, the animals are usually just as bored as the visitors and are often hiding. So don't get disappointed if you don't see the large cats like lions,...

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  • Museum of Moldern Art

    Dublin Tourist Traps

    I hate to bad mouth this place as I guess they try hard, but it can't hold a candle to other museums of modern art I've seen. The displays were minimal at best; not minimalist, just minimal. I sort of stumbled into the place and after spending an hour was sorry I took the time. Sorry 'bout that but it's the truth. The first problem is to get...

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  • Be warned.....

    They say that there is no one as irish as O'Bama !And it is true...new research has traced Mr Obama's maternal family tree back to his great-great-great-great grandfather Joseph Kearney, a cobbler from Moneygall, County Offaly (1794 to 1861).An invite from the county for the president elect to visit has already been condemned in the Irish press and...

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  • Day Tours Unplugged - unhappy...

    If you are thinking of taking a day tour to the Wicklow Mountains from Dublin be aware that your day may not go according to plan. I had prebooked a tour on the internet and received confirmation of the date and pick up time. I chose this particular company because of their good reviews and because the hotel we were staying in was a designated pick...

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  • Guinness Storehouse/Brewery Tour

    I absolutely love Guinness.........but please skip the overpriced and underwhelming brewery tour. The tour is like a museum you just walk through to get to the top which is the Gravity Bar. The view from the Gravity Bar is not to be missed. However, if you are really a die-hrad Guinness lover than just visit any pub in Dublin and you won't be...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    Aillwee Cave is a place I did not enjoy at all, but of course I know lots of people who enjoyed that place a lot ! I dont like it simply because they make a lot of advertisment and all over Ireland you will get their brochures and when you are finally there, you just may walk inside a cave and see places, where obviously bears hibernated a long...

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  • Dublin Castle

    Sorry to say, but it was a bit disappointing! It wasn't as grand as we were expecting. I would suggest skipping it and heading over to the Guinness Storehouse! Guinness Storehouse! It's about a 5-minute walk down the street

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    Beautiful indeed but what you dojn't see in the gorgeous photos of this rugged coast line is the tour busses, vendors, unnatural stiars, Tshirt stands. I would skip this and see the real thing in DIngle.

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  • We did it...well my mother did...

    We did it...well my mother did anyway...we climbed up those circular castle stairs...(God only knows how many...but there were alot and they were falling apart)We get to the top of this huge castle...and my mother tells me we're going to 'kiss the blarney stone'...oh good heavens! I looked down...and then, they (the they being these two men working...

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  • Ireland

    Ireland is one big tourist trap in Spring/Summer. Go in the offseason. Best time to go to Ireland is October/November. Half of America goes to Ireland in the Spring/Summer. I've been to Ireland a half dozen times. Always in October/November. Once in February. No tourists anywhere for the most part. Not to mention everything is cheaper _ airfare,...

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  • Roads

    They say that you know that you are in Ireland when you are lost. This is very true... Its roads are very bad and quite dangerous. When you get lost stop and try to find something familiar....also is very important to count the kilometres in your car kilometres counter as the maps will normally tell you the distance between towns. If the map says...

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  • You have to go, though

    Blarney Castle Blarney Castle is a great landmark in the southern part of Ireland. Apparently Blarney Castle is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow because the Irish are making a fortune with the story of the Blarney Stone and the fact that people will play to kiss a piece of a wall. Admisson is 8 euro and includes a photo of you kissing the...

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  • unusual traffic jams where you are stuck...

    ANYWHERE on a rural route actually ---- the danger looms in form of wooly things with legs and rather little brains... they attack in groups, blocking roads and sometimes settling in for a good natter baa-baa-baaa and a snooze on the tarmac....and THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO!3 major road blockers...

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  • Tourist Trap of all Tourist Traps,...

    Well this was my third trip to Ireland so it was time to take a dive for the #1 Tourist Trap of all Tourist Traps...Bunratty castle and the Mideval Banquet, the night before our flight out of Shannon. I think ours was tough to take because it was off season and we had a bare-bones crew. The silliness got to me with the performance and I would have...

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  • Irish Castles...

    Very very often the castle you are going to visit is very expensive and it's completely restored (almost new), so that only walls are original...(except for Donegal castle, there even walls are rebuild!!).This wouldn't be a problem If you are American and you don't have the possibility of visiting a real old castle...but for Italians, Frenches,...

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  • Kiss the Blarney Stone?

    Blarney is the ultimate touristy thing in Ireland. It's a must do for any first trip to Ireland, but if (ok, when) I make a second trip, I'll likely avoid it. It was very crowded, and, frankly, I was a little grossed out after kissing the Stone, because everyone else was kissing it too...but that's just me. I spent the most time in Blarney at the...

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  • Guinness Storehouse

    I would not do the tour of the Guinness Storehouse, at least the self-paced one. Overall the tour is loud and not very interesting. I would however suggest going to the bar on top of the store and having a pint while you look over the city.

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  • Blarney Castle

    is worth the trip. If your worried about cost, don't take the vacation/holiday!!! We went up and about the castle-wonderful views. The grounds are fantastic, you can only imagine what it was like centuries ago. we went at Thanksgiving time (USA) and the waits were nonexistant. Kiss the damn stone, it's worth the experience. I can't believe I was...

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  • Spending time and money in Dublin

    I definitely don't mean to say that Dublin is a tourist trap, but don't stay there too long if you want to 'do' the entire Island. Two or three days will do to give you a good idea on what the city has to offer. Fun as it is, the Irish countryside is even better!If you have to go during July/August, you're better off staying outside tourist places...

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  • Not a real Irish Pub!

    The Temple Bar Pub in the heart of the Temple Bar district of Dublin caters mostly for tourists. The bar has traditional Irish music and serves Guinness. That's about all there is to this place! Yes it tries very hard to recreate what tourists want, but it fails as there is just no ambience in the place at all. It's noisy and crowded most of the...

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  • Shop the Blarney Stone

    After seeing a number of castles this was just one more on the list. The kissing the stone part was all touristy but fun for those who participated. It could be missed. While the castle was interesting - I'm sure there are other more impressive ones to find. The best part of the stop was the Blarney Woolen Mills store. Great selection of all...

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  • Killarney blarney

    The town of Killarney is a major tourist center as it's usually the base for touring around the scenic Ring of Kerry, a drive round the Kerry peninsula which is also a bit of a tourist trap in that in the summer, the traffic around the ring is just one tour bus after the next. Killarney is just to mundane for me, all hotels and tourist...

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  • Leprechauns

    the word "Leprechaun" means "little people" who were shoe makers or cobblers. The origins are hazy but one theory goes that when the tall, dark, warlike and aggressive Celts invaded, the natives were small, peaceful folk who lived in ring forts which probably became the fairy rings of legend. These people seemed to disappear at will through perhaps...

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  • Friendly Irish!

    There aren't many tourist traps in Ireland. Every Irish person i met was very friendly and welcoming. However, watch out for the leprechauns! They'll trick you and rob you! However, if you are quick and alert, you might be able to find their pots of gold!

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  • Full of Blarney

    Probably the most blatant tourist trap is Blarney Castle, in Blarney, outside Cork City. You pay to get on the grounds and though the grounds are nice, and the castle is picturesque, what they want you to do is climb a narrow stone staircase up inside the square tower, line up and bend over backwards to "kiss the blarney stone" and buy a photo of...

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  • Kissing the Blarney Stone

    Blarney Castle was not on my list of "must sees", but when you travel, you have to make some compromises. The Blarney Stone is located at the top of the castle and a man is there to help lower you backwards so you can acquire the "gift of gab" You are allowed to take pictures of your friends bending backwards from a not so great angle ,but there is...

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  • Kissing the Blarney Stone!

    Well...I don't know how much of a tourist trap it is but....It seems very touristy to me but I gave it try...Now I've got the gift of the Gab!

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  • Temple Bar --- no bar, no temple ;)

    see > nightlife :)or go to: www.temple-bar.ie/ .. to make this bearable there is only one thing to do - join in with a guinness and a jig... or stay home ;) ... soggy fish' n chips from "Barrys" around the corner.. :P

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  • Dublin, co Dublin

    The brazen head Pub is 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 The only way to make the experience bearable is to ignore your...

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  • Don't Go Looking for Leprechauns!

    There is no such thing as Leprechauns!! And Don't let any persuade you there is you would be surprised at the amount of people who come looking for them! Insted of looking for Leprechauns go to the pub!! Where you might meet some real Irish people!!Find the most run down looking pubs as these tend to have the best characters.

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