I'm headed to Dublin next week. I've done most of the touristy things so I'd love to see some things that are off the tourist path. I'm also open to day-trips outside of the city. Thanks for your suggestions!
Welcome to our capital city. Presumably you've done Trinity College, The Guinness Hop Store etc. You could also try a guided walk if you want to remain in the city and have visited or don't want to visit any of the musemns. One day is short so please look at the following link, it will give you loads of ideas on trips you can do mostly in the surrounds of Dublin and to surrounding counties.
For night time Irish music & dance entertainment, try the centrally located Knightbridge Bar, Arlington Hotel near O'Connell Bridge.
http://www.arlington.ie/irish-nights.html about 8 years ago
I would recommend a trip out of Dublin. A lot depends on how long you have and how far you wish to travel.
A few not too far away, Newgrange www.newgrange.com up in Meath, there is also Knowth and Dowth. This on a tour would take up most of the day but if you head up on your own pre book and arrive early. The Hill of Tara is not too far away but would only go there on a tour if you know nothing about its significance. Trim and the castle is also a nice spot but only on your way back from somewhere – ie not a full day. Down South is Glendalough www.glendalough.ie/ and Avoca the home of ‘Ballykissangle’ www.avoca.com/
Kildare direction has the national stud and some shopping in the outlet centre. The town itself is nice too.
If you are looking to go further afield, head down to Kerry, the Killarney and Dingle, or over to Galway, connamara and the Aran Islands but I’d recommend at least an overnight. It is possible to get cheap flights if you fancy a trip www.aerarann.com/ about 8 years ago
Good suggestions, Aine. If you want to visit Avoca you could also visit the nearby 'Meeting of the Waters'. Sounds grander than it is, it's where 2 rivers meet. There's a pub there.
In Avoca you can visit the pub which was used in the TV series. I was in it fairly recently and they've loads of pictures up about the programme. You could also visit Avoca handweavers just up the road from the village centre.
Unless you have a really special interest in it, personally it wouldn't be my first choice with only one day to spare.
At Powerscourt there is a waterfall a couple of miles from Powerscourt House by road. You will have to be able to either drive or enjoy a long walk to get there. You have to pay to get in.
about 8 years ago