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Old Feb 4th, 2008, 03:16 PM
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Many Questions Dublin

This is the third time I am writing this in hopes that it actually posts this time
We are planning a trip in April (two adults and one baby-7 months)
We will only be there for 7 days and would like to see as much as possible while still being able to have a somewhat relaxed schedule for our son. If you have any advice/opinions on the following I would greatly appreciate it.
*We are looking at staying in the southern side of Dublin. We would like easy access to the city but also to take day trips via DART. We are looking for a B&B or hotel close to a rail stop but also something that has large rooms or seperate cottages...even considering an apartment rental. Any suggestions?
*We plan on doing most of our travel via DART and may book one or two of the rail tours. I did this as a teenager and enjoyed it, but don't have a good memory of where I went. We plan to do Wicklow, but what other places would be withinn a reasonable distance (no more than 1-2 hours on train each way) and could show us history, culture and maybe a castle or two.
*Or is Dublin a horrible idea all together...We don't want to move hotels much b/c of the baby. Would it be a better idea to simply spend a night in Dublin after our flight and then head somewhere else to base our travels? Suggestions?
*Does the rail system offer an unlimited ride sort of pass? For example, pay for X amount of days and have unlimited rides?

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Old Feb 4th, 2008, 03:44 PM
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I don't know if I can answer all your questions but maybe this will be some help.

We were in Dublin a few years ago and we stayed at Bewley's Ballsbridge hotel. It was very well priced and the room was quite large with a big bathroom. It's not fancy but clean and pleasant. There's a lovely lounge/coffee shop and restaurant downstairs. Ballsbridge is a very nice neighbourhood with some nice shops and restaurants. It's an easy city bus ride to the centre of town (about 10 minutes) and a pleasant walk if you'd like to use the baby stroller.

As far as apartments go, I suggest you look at vrbo (vacation rentals by owner). Find a few you're interested in and then you can come back here to ask people about the neighbourhoods.

Dublin is a charming city and I don't think you should miss it.
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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 10:22 AM
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From Dublin you could do daytrips to Powerscourt, Glendalough, and Newgrange. Bus Eireann runs day tours to these areas, although I know you can also just take a normal bus to Powerscourt. You could also take the DART to Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Howth, Bray or Malahide (which has Malahide Castle).

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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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I lived in Ballsbrige (South Dublin) this summer with our then-6-month old son. Both of the below places are within a 4-5 minute walk from the Lansdowne Road DART stop and in an excellent area of town.

No idea what it costs, but I walked by this place frequently on my walks and always found it to be in such a peaceful spot yet so close to the DART:

http://www.mountherberthotel.ie/

and there is this one as well, though it's located on a busy street corner but looked charming:

http://www.butlers-hotel.com/

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If you tour around Dublin and venture out on the DART, there's plenty to see in that timeframe. I was fond of the Howth, Dun Laoghaire and Bray DART stops myself. Malahide is charming too. Doing a search on B&Bs in Blackrock & Sandymount (provided they are close to the DART) might prove useful to you. Personally I wouldn't stay any further south than that myself, in order to be in closer proximity to Dublin without a longer train ride, but then again you might not mind the not-much-longer-commutes in towns south of there along the DART.

One thing I regretted not doing in Dublin (I'm such an idiot!!!) was seeing one of the then-Wed-night choral performances at one of the huge cathedrals downtown. I bet it would be so moving.

These won't be mainstream suggestions, but you might try a day trip (car rental, easy driving) north of Dublin for a change of pace. Trim Castle - the tour is great. Monasterboice and Bellifont Abbey (along with a fabulous sandwich in Slane!) are easily do-able and the tour of Bellifont Abbey is a good one.

Better yet, read the book Aristocrats (author: Stella Tillyard) before your trip and plan some things around exploring the locales mentioned in the book. A highlight of my time in Ireland/Dublin and an easy history lesson as well.

p.s. bring a lightweight, thin, stroller WITH A RAIN COVER (unless it's different in April)as well as the Baby Bjorn. Also prepare yourself to be creative when it comes to finding a spot to change your baby's diaper
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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 08:33 PM
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p.s. here is a trip report link on the day trip stuff that might be helpful

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads..._name=jumper22
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I was also going to suggest Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge. I'm not sure how big the rooms are but the location is great and it's very close to the DART line and not too far out of the city.

Some nice trips on the DART are out to Dalkey/Killiney on the southside or to Howth/Malahide on the north. If you wanted to visit a few of the sights in Wicklow (Powerscourt, Glendalough, etc) you would need to either hire a car or do an escorted trip (I believe Bus Eireann do them).

You can get a travel pass for unlimited use on the bus and DART but it does not cover Luas or intercity trains, however should be sufficient for your needs. You can find information at http://www.dublinbus.ie/home/online_ticket_sales.asp

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Jumper's advice about the trip north of Dublin (Trim, Monasterboice, etc.) is good. However, just in case you are looking, I believe it is Mellifont not Bellifont. Agree that they are wonderful places.
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Yep sorry, Mellifont not Bellifont!
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