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RobinBinNYC Aug 1st, 2013 12:53 PM

Anything to pre-book for my trip to Ireland?
Hi everyone,
I'm going on my first trip to Ireland the end of August. When visiting other countries, it was possible to purchase tickets to certain venues and sites on-line ahead of time to avoid standing in line and save time. Are there any sites like that that I should be aware of? My guidebook is not mentioning it, so I thought I'd ask the experts here. We are going to Dublin, then Galway, ROK/Dingle, Cork, Kilkenny. Thanks!

Tony2phones Aug 1st, 2013 01:32 PM

If you are reading the RS guide then everything he doesn't like will be missing. Bit of a warning.. Ireland is slow paced so trying to save time and rushing will have you missing half the fun. Of course it would help to know which sights you are planning to see but there are no big Disney queues for much of anything.

jaja Aug 1st, 2013 02:58 PM

The only things I pre-booked were those that gave a discount for booking online.
Oh, I did pre-book the "ocean tour" of the Cliffs of Moher (twice) and the Hawk Walk at Ashford Castle. The one at Dromoland was spur-of-the-moment and I just called the same day to see if it was available.

longhorn55 Aug 1st, 2013 07:02 PM

The only thing we have pre-booked in two visits to Ireland was the Dunguarie Castle Banquet because there was only one night that we could do it. It was fully booked for the evening we did it, so I'm glad we booked in advance.

jaja Aug 1st, 2013 07:24 PM

Oh, yes, Longhorn, thanks for reminding me. We also booked the Bunratty banquet (twice), Dunguaire banquet, Knappogue banquet and 3 times the Irish Night in the Corn Barn. They fill up fast.

RobinBinNYC Aug 13th, 2013 04:26 PM

Thank you! I'll look to see if those places are ones we marked as "to do's" (loosely). I have the Lonely Planet guide, btw, not RS.

flpab Aug 15th, 2013 11:14 AM

We didn't but were lucky and got to see it. It is so worth a visit and Clonmcnoise is amazing also. I would never do a banquet but Newgrange is something I will never forget. Don't do if your claustrophobic though.

jaja Aug 15th, 2013 11:28 AM

You can't pre-book Newgrange tours but must show up and hope they aren't full.

Agree re: claustrophobic.

jaja Aug 15th, 2013 11:30 AM

My mistake...groups of 15 or more must be pre-booked at Newgrange; all others are first come, first served.

You are not required to enter the passage, and the grounds are lovely.

RobinBinNYC Aug 19th, 2013 07:16 AM

Thank you everyone, for the advice! We hadn't thought of doing a banquet but are now looking into it for sure!

celestee Aug 19th, 2013 07:55 AM

I'm glad I stumbled upon this thread as I'm going to Ireland and hadn't thought of a banquet either. AND I'm very claustrophobic so won't be entering the passage at Newgrange.

Robin, not sure if you are interested in seeing Riverdance in Dublin, but there are still tickets through the end of August. The last show is Sunday September 1st. I don't think you'd need to buy in advance, but if you are interested here is the link:


jaja Aug 19th, 2013 10:46 AM

Let me say this about the medieval banquets. Remember that this is just my experience; your experience may vary. Seating was VERY crowded at Bunratty (twice) and Knappogue. You sit on long benches butt to butt with total strangers. As I remember, the banquet at Dunguaire Castle was more comfortable. And the Irish Night in the Corn Barn at Bunratty is much less snug. Just in case this is important to you.

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