3 days in Ireland....what is a must see?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2012 4:36 AM Last Post By: TIreland
Sep 9, 2012 4:09 PM
3 days in Ireland....what is a must see?Hello! I am going to be traveling to visit my daughter who is stationed in Germany. We are meeting in Dublin and will only get to spend 3 days in Ireland before having to head on to Germany. I land in Dublin at 8:45 am on Oct. 6 and we leave at 8:15 pm on Oct. 8th (also out of Dublin).
I know it is not much time and there are so many things that I would like to go see and do. I know that there is a food festival going on in Dingle during that time and my daughter really wants to go see the Blarney Stone. So how do we fit everything in? What is a must see and what isn't worth the extra effort it will take to fit it in? Also, do I book rooms now or look for deals when we get there?
I've never traveled at all, so any help/advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!
Sep 9, 2012 4:31 PM
1You won't be able to fit those things in if you're only in Ireland for 3 days.
Dingle is about a four-hour drive from Dublin; Cork is a further two-and-a-half hours from Dingle. There's probably no way you can make both, unless you want to bypass Dublin entirely.
One possibility is to spend the 6th October in Dublin, head to Cork to see the Blarney Stone on the 7th (3 hours by train or 2 1/2 hours by car) and return to Dublin that evening and fit in a few other sights in and around Dublin on the 8th before you fly back out (you could make it as far out as Newgrange if you've seen enough of the city).
October is off-peak so there'll be no problem with finding rooms when you get in. You'll probably get them cheaper if you don't book ahead.
Sep 10, 2012 11:10 AM
2I agree with markfawkner. I would stay in and around Dublin if you're staying only 3 days.
BUT, this being said, if you're not planning to come back to Ireland anytime soon, I think Kerry/Connemara/Donegal/West Cork OR Burren is a must see. Pick one and one only and spend 2 days there.
Dingle is lovely with or without a festival.
Around Dublin, I would suggest an afternoon or morning in Howth with the nice Cliff Walk. It's only 20 minutes train from the main train station and it has a lovely fishing harbour, seals and a very nice cliff walk.
They have a small but nice market on Sundays as well.
Sep 10, 2012 2:27 PM
I think you'll enjoy it more in the three days without pressure/hassle of getting so far from Dublin. Save Cork and Kerry for another more timely visit. You won't get there best bits in in a hurry.
Howth is a great option. Wicklow has Glendalough and Powerscourt which are beautiful and only 1 or 2 hours south from Dublin. Newgrange is amazing. Its part of a centre called Bru na Boinne in a beautiful part of Meath, a wonderful experience and so worth seeing. Its only an hour north of Dublin.
Pitch yourself in Dublin maybe and enjoy the city with two day trips. You could do Newgrange in a morning. If you get out early you could be back in Dublin by lunch time. Just double check hours on this link:
If you've a car you will get there quick and easy. I hope you've a great time!!
Sep 12, 2012 2:58 AM
4agree with all the other posters - much better that you stay around Dublin if you only have 3 days - as well as all the attractions in the city, Glendalough, Powerscourt and Newgrange/bru na boinne are far better than the Blarny Stone and no more than an hour and a half drive away and tours are easily aranged. (check in your hotel - or in the tourist office on Suffuk St.)
Sep 21, 2012 7:58 PM
5What is there to see for three days in Dublin? Please share as I will be there over a weekend from 20 to 22 Oct. Do you have B&B recommendations in Dublin too? Thanks so much. :-)
Sep 25, 2012 3:59 AM
--> Roam around town and have a drink in a bar with live music in the evening (Temple Bar or Talbot Street)
--> Guinness Factory Tour (I quite liked it when I did a few years back)
--> Free museums (National Gallery, IMMA - Museum of Modern Art Ireland)
A bit of fresh air
--> Howth Peninsula (take DART from city center)
--> Dun Laoghaire (take DART from city center)
--> Powerscourt (Bus from City Center)
Sep 28, 2012 4:36 AM
7Hey Tracinaz, I hope you are having a great time in Ireland. As the other posters said, I'd suggest you to stay in Dublin and surrounding areas as there is plenty to see and enjoy without rush. Glendalough, Wicklow National Park, Powerscourt Gardens and Newgrange are all good options. And yes, I'd also suggest you to book in advance your accommodation.
Hi Ycyeoh, Dublin in three days: you can start with the Trinity College, the Book of Kells. Visit the National Museum, the National Gallery and the Guinness Storehouse. If you have time do not miss the James Joyce walking tour ( leaving from the James Joyce Cultural Centre ). Also the Writers Museum is very interesting. Grafton Street is ideal for shopping. Take a stroll in the buzzing area of Temple Bar and experience some traditional music in an authentic Irish pub. Stag's Head and John Mulligan's are good options.
Regarding accommodation, you can try Abbeyleigh House, Grafton House and Kildare Street Hotel, right in the heart of the city. Enjoy it!
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