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Days 9-10
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Ireland's capital is one of Europe's most charming cities. Its small size makes it imminently walkable and approachable, so even if your visit is short, you will still leave with a good sense of the city. Take a literary pub crawl, and make sure to admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the city. Enjoy a glass of Guinness after the immensely popular brewery tour.
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  • Raise a glass to Dublin's most famous writer, James Joyce, in a pub, or visit the James Joyce Centre.
  • Explore the historic campus of Trinity College ; visit the stunning Long Room in the Old Library, which is also home to the legendary Book of Kells.
  • Start at Merrion Square for a walk through the city's gorgeous Georgian district, then reward yourself with a feast of new Irish cuisine at one of Dublin's stylish restaurants.


  • The week around St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) is a nonstop festival of parades and events.
  • Celebrate Bloomsday on June 16th, the day in 1904 on which all the action of James Joyce's novel Ulysses takes place.

Side Trips

  • Marino Casino, 3 mi/5 km north of Dublin, is an exquisite Palladian-style Greek temple built in the 18th century.
  • Enjoy a hour of peace at the National Botanic Gardens (3 mi/5 km north of Dublin), home to over 20,000 varieties of plants, flowers, and trees.

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