Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Anything to pre-book for my trip to Ireland?

Anything to pre-book for my trip to Ireland?

Aug 1st, 2013, 12:53 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 231
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!
RobinBinNYC is offline  
Aug 1st, 2013, 01:32 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2,842
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.
Tony2phones is offline  
Aug 1st, 2013, 02:58 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 986
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.
jaja is offline  
Aug 1st, 2013, 07:02 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,039
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.
longhorn55 is offline  
Aug 1st, 2013, 07:24 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 986
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.
jaja is offline  
Aug 13th, 2013, 04:26 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 231
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.
RobinBinNYC is offline  
Aug 15th, 2013, 11:14 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 9,171
http://www.meath.ie/Tourism/Heritage...tes/Newgrange/

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.
flpab is offline  
Aug 15th, 2013, 11:28 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 986
You can't pre-book Newgrange tours but must show up and hope they aren't full.

Agree re: claustrophobic.
jaja is offline  
Aug 15th, 2013, 11:30 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 986
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.
jaja is offline  
Aug 19th, 2013, 07:16 AM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 231
Thank you everyone, for the advice! We hadn't thought of doing a banquet but are now looking into it for sure!
RobinBinNYC is offline  
Aug 19th, 2013, 07:55 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 11
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:
http://www.ticketmaster.ie/Riverdanc...st_table_focus

Sláinte
celestee is offline  
Aug 19th, 2013, 10:46 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 986
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.
jaja is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:58 AM.