Dublin and Beyond

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T Stone

Dublin and Beyond

Dublin things to do and see!

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and Beyond … in Dun Laoghaire

Things to do in Dun Laoghaire just south of Dublin City

Image - Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Dún Laoghaire Harbour
T:A lovely place for a long walk with a lighthouse at the end. Amazing views. Cool old bandstand. If you’re peckish there is a few food trucks, the fish and scampi from Say Fish is especially good.
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National Maritime Museum of Ireland
T:Very interesting small museum located in an old church. Highlight is the lens from an old lighthouse.
Image - LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre
LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre
T:Modern library with amazing views over the Harbor. There is a gallery space that generally has admission free exhibitions.
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and Beyond … in Meath

Just outside county Dublin to the North

Image - Trim Castle
Trim Castle
T:Impressive Castle
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Slane Castle
Image - Newgrange

and Beyond … in Wicklow

Stuff to do and see that’s fairly close to Dublin

Not Free but worth a See

Places with an admission fee that are worth a visit if it fits in your budget

Image - EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
T:Fascinating and very interactive museum all about those that have emigrated from Ireland.
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Dublin Zoo
T:Highlight is the winter lights in December and January. Massive lanterns lit up on walk around the zoo with a different theme every year. More info on the lights can be found at: https://www.dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/

Food and Drink

Places to eat and drink

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The Rolling Donut
T:Delicious donuts!
Image - SOUP Ramen
SOUP Ramen
T:Delicious huge bowls of ramen
Image - The Pepper Pot
The Pepper Pot
T:Amazing sandwiches made with bread make in the bakery on site.
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All the many interesting parks to go and enjoy when the sun is out for a change (and sometimes even when it isn't)!

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Marlay Park
T:Large sprawling park with free car park and lots of interesting things to find and explore. Highlights include the lit up walk in winter, the small gauge train track, food market on Saturdays and the Marlay House which sometimes has free tours during the month of August as part of a DLR Heritage event.
Image - Killiney Hill
Killiney Hill
Image - People's Park
People's Park
Image - St Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green
T:A compact but interesting park to walk around in with a donut from the nearby Rolling Donuts and a hot drink in winter also really nice to just relax and enjoy the sunshine in summer! Highlights include the arch at the entry way which is a memorial to soldiers who died in the Boer War, information boards that explain the history of the park, the tulips in spring and in autumn the beautiful colors of the trees reflected on the water. There are also a pair of swans that can usually be found at the end of the lake.
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Herbert Park
T:At its best in spring when the cherry blossoms are out. There is also a good market on the weekend.

Free to see in Dublin

All things free!!

Image - National Gallery of Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland
T:Lots of beautiful artworks to admire. Free entry to most of the Gallery but some special exhibitions require an admission fee. Definitely worth a visit especially when it's wet outside! It can be a bit of a maze to get around so make sure you take a photo of the map. There is also a cafe and gift store.
Image - National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
T:We haven’t been here yet but have heard good things. Doesn’t sound like a very big Museum but still an interesting place so see.

Iconic Dublin

Things to go do and see that are iconic to Dublin

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Guinness Storehouse
T:Things to know before you go: Location: Dublin City Centre, The Liberties Parking: Free parking is a short walk away on Crane Street. It is offered on a first come, first serve basis Opening Times: Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm (last admission 5pm), Saturday: 9:30am - 8pm (last admission 6pm), Sunday: 10am - 7pm (last admission 5pm) Admission Fee: 31 euro pp for cheapest tour as of Dec 2022 Food: There are food options from fairly reasonable to expensive. Highlights: Views from the Gravity Bar across Dublin Nearby: IMMA, Brazen Head Other:
Image - Book of Kells
Book of Kells
T:Beautiful old library in Trinity College grounds.

My Recommendations

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  1. Dún Laoghaire Harbour
  2. National Maritime Museum of Ireland
  3. LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre
  4. Trim Castle
  5. Slane Castle
  6. Newgrange
  7. Powerscourt House & Gardens
  8. Glendalough
  9. Powerscourt Waterfall
  10. Lough Tay
  11. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  12. Dublin Zoo
  13. The Rolling Donut
  14. SOUP Ramen
  15. Bewley's Grafton Street
  16. The Pepper Pot
  17. Bestseller
  18. The Dawson Lounge
  19. The Blind Pig Speakeasy
  20. The Blue Light
  21. Marlay Park
  22. Cabinteely Park
  23. Killiney Hill
  24. People's Park
  25. Iveagh Gardens
  26. St Stephen's Green
  27. Herbert Park
  28. National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
  29. National Gallery of Ireland
  30. National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
  31. Chester Beatty
  32. Irish Museum of Modern Art
  33. Hugh Lane Gallery
  34. National Botanic Gardens
  35. Guinness Storehouse
  36. Book of Kells

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