Dublin Journals

Dublin for a Break

An October 2002 trip to Dublin by Matwt

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Quote: Dublin has a well earned reputation for hospitality, and with the birth of low cost airlines is cheap to get to from England. We went for three days just to see a football game.

Dublin for a Break

Overview

The Liffey Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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For a city with a party and drink reputation, Dublin is extremely family friendly. There are good activities and sights for children, and unlike in England, children are generally welcomed in appropriate bars and restaraunts.

The Guiness Tour, is a must see, and accordingly has a long line up to get in. The Temple Bar is a happy, lively (if touristy) nightlife centre.

Quick Tips:

Take a rain coat, and an umbrella; the weather can be extremely changeable.

Best Way To Get Around:

It is possible to walk around much of central Dublin, though the weather may force you to do otherwise. The hop on Hopff bus services are an entertaining way to take in the sights and get around.

Parliament Hotel

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Hotel | "Parliament"

Parliament Hotel Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The above price was for a triple room (one single one Double bed), ensuite, breakfast included. The rooms were not large, but were spotlessly clean and not pokey. They were well furnished, and nicely appointed. It is splitting hairs to point out that the television was mounted a little too high on the wall to be completely comfortable. The entire hotel is very nicely appointed in an old world (Edwardian style). Included is a full Irish breakfast, (egg, sausage, black pudding, beans) as well as a cereal buffet. Staff was very helpful. Dublin is a relatively easy city to get around so location need not be a big issue; the Parliament though is close to most of what yo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2002

Parliament Hotel
LORD EDWARD ST
Dublin, Ireland
353-1-6331700

Eliza Blues

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Restaurant

Eliza Blues Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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My wife and I like to dine out when we travel. My wife and I have have a three year old daughter, which is my way of saying that any decent restaurant/cafe that doesn't treat us as pariahs for having a child, will get a tick. Indeed a waiter or waitress can go a long way towards securing themselves a decent tip with a few smiles and a bit of interaction with our daughter. If you have similar dining priorities then I highly recommend Eliza Blues. This is not a kids' restaurant; it is a fully grown up dining establishment (great wine list, beer and cider on draught), very chic clientelle, modern Irish cuisine (which appears to mean a kind of French/italo/Gaelic Fusion thing). It is tast...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2002

Eliza Blues
23/24, Wellington Quay
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0)1 671 9114

Guinness Storehouse

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Attraction | "Guinness Brewery"

Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The Guiness Tour, has earned a reputation as one of the must see attractions in Dublin, whether you are a fan of the drink or not. Having now been twice, the major question I have is why? Admission is 12Euros for Adults. The tour is self guided, and involves a number of informative displays over four floors. They include a display on Coopering, the Brewing Process and also a history of the Guiness family. All of it is interesting and informative but not spectacular. There is also a very comprehensive interactive display traceing Guiness advertising, and this interstingly enough is one of the highlights. Interesting, because whatever Guiness may lack as a product (I know few p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2002

Guinness Storehouse
St James's Gate Dublin 8
Dublin
01 408 4800

Croke Parkn Rugby Games

Attraction | "Australia v. Ireland (International Rules)"

Croke Parkn Rugby Games Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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First some necessary background. The irish play a game called Gaelic football; it is like no other football in the world. It is played with a soccer ball but involves picking up the ball, tackling passing and limited offside. Australians play a game called Australian Rules Football. It is like no other football in the world. It is played with a Rugby type ball but involves more kicking, tackling and no offside. Once a year the best Gaelic footballers from Ireland and the Best Australian footballers from Australia get together and play against each other in a hybrid of the two games called International Rules. This year the series was played over two matches at Croke Park Dub...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2002

Croke Parkn Rugby Games

Dublin, Ireland