4 nights in Dublin - Day trip advice!

Sep 10th, 2009, 02:59 PM
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4 nights in Dublin - Day trip advice!

I am going to Dublin November 5-9 with two of my girlfriends. We were thinking of perhaps renting a car for one of those days to take a day trip to somewhere. Would you guys recommend that? And if so, where would you recommend we go?
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Sep 10th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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Depends on what your interests are.

Gardens won;t be at their best in November and the days will be very short.

The day trip from Dublin I enjoyed most was Newgrange - but if prehisotric sites aren;t your interest you wold probably be bored stiff. And you have to wait for a group to enter - not sure how often they do it in the off season.
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Sep 10th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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Newgrange to the north and more in Wicklow Mnts. and Glendalough and more to the south and of course other places depending on interest as stated. But much to see/do in Dublin. Theatre, pubs & music, museum treasures, etc. Another time...beautiful Western Ireland.

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Sep 11th, 2009, 07:24 AM
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We are basically interested in anything. I mean we wouldn't want to drive too far in one day so something fairly close would be amazing. Thank you for your replies!
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Sep 11th, 2009, 08:13 AM
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As has already been mentioned, you can choose to go north and see Newgrange http://www.newgrange.com/ , the Hill of Tara http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/mid...st/HillofTara/ or Trim http://www.trimtown.com/ among other things. You might want to check out the County Meath web site: http://www.meath.ie/Tourism/

Or you can go south through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough http://www.glendalough.ie/

Either choice would be an easy day trip. And, as far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong either way. It's just a matter of what interests you more.

If you don't mind skimming through the details of my daughter's wedding, you can click on my name and pull up my trip report. We were in County Meath for 8 days in June and did a fair bit of sightseeing in between wedding stuff.
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Sep 14th, 2009, 03:51 AM
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If you want to go further a field and spend a night in the west, there are great roads to Galway from Dublin or even Sligo. Galway or Sligo are only about a 3.5 hour drive each.
Galway is an excellent city to go out for the night in, while sligo has a good night life also and has wonderful scenery.

For something completely different The Bundoran Elvis Festival runs from the 6th to 8th Nov in bundoran in donegal, which is about 45 minutes from Sligo.... well you did say you were interested in anything!!
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Sep 14th, 2009, 04:20 AM
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I'd stick to the DART (suburban train) and do a day trip North to Howth or south to Dalkey/Killiney or Bray, get off and have some nice walks and a bite to eat.
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Sep 14th, 2009, 05:24 AM
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I also vote for Glendalough http://www.jeremytaylor.eu/glendalough_ireland.htm though Howth is also a lovely area. Killiney, where Bono lives, has a great beach though perhaps not ideal in November.
If you hire a car you could also go to the North. The Mourne Mountains are beautiful!
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Sep 16th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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I like my Guinness too much (Bulmers actually!) to rent a car, but we found beautiful Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough http://www.glendalough.ie/ a great daytrip, and also visited the village of Malahide and had a great daytrip there to the old castle. Ate at a fabulous restaurant in town whose name is a number - though I can't remember which! My trip report is from 2004 I believe, it you want to look it up.
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Sep 16th, 2009, 06:29 PM
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I definitely vote for Newgrange and Glendalough. When I was 1st in Dublin, I was travelling alone and did not want to drive. I took a really lovely small group tour called Wild Wicklow that went to Glendalough and a number of other stops. It was lovely, great tour guide and made good friends.
You can also go to Malahide Castle which is very nearby Dublin.
Have a great trip!!
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I would second a trip to newgrange, in winter opening hours limited, and also to Galway. Get the train to Galway! It's easier and you can drink.
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