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Family Delights in Dublin

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A January 2006 trip to Dublin by barbara

Hilton Dublin Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: We had 2 days to get a taste of this capital city.

Hilton Dublin

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Hilton Dublin Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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We had a late flight from Glasgow to Dublin on New Year's Eve 2005. It was a festive crowd on the plane. When we got into the Dublin airport, we quickly went through customs and grabbed a cab to the Hilton on Charlemont Place. The ride was less than 30 Euros, and our friendly taxi driver was full of great advice as he geared up for the year's busiest night of business.  How was the hotel? The hotel was fine. We could see a little wear and tear in the halls, and our twin room was small with the roll-away that had been set up for our son. However, all was ready for us when we arrived. We also appreciated the wine that had been set out to help us bring in the new year. There wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2006

Hilton Dublin
Charlemont Place
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 4029988

Farringtons

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Farringtons Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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We walked from the Dublin Castle to Temple Bar to grab a bite to eat at Farringtons. A two-story pub, we followed a hostess up the stairs to sit on a cushy brown sofa in front of our table. A waitress quickly appeared to take our orders from the casual menu.  What did we eat? For the most part, the food was typical Irish/English fare. I had a toasted sandwich with chips for less than 6 Euros. My son opted for a steak burger and my husband enjoyed a hot casserole. A pint of Kilkenny hit the spot and our meal for three was about 38 Euros. Everything tasted good and the service was friendly and quick. What was th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Farringtons
Temple Bar
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0)1 6715135

Kilmainham Gaol

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Kilmainham Gaol Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This prison in which Irish rebels were held during Ireland's long struggle to break away from Great Britain was one of my favorite attractions in Dublin. Our bus driver advised that if we were on limited time, this was the one place we shouldn't skip, so we hopped off the bus and went inside. Admission was very reasonable--less than $10.  We had a few minutes to wander through a museum dedicated to documenting the history of prisons in Dublin while we waited for our tour to start. I found it interesting that when Kilmainham Gaol was opened, Ireland was in the midst of famine. Sometimes people would commit crimes to get incarcerated on purpose, because as dismal and bleak as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Kilmainham Gaol
Inchicore Road
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 453 5984

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour

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Attraction | "The Dublin Tour"

St. Patricks Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The Dublin Tour is a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that I would recommend. With stops all over town, we simply paid a driver to join a tour when we saw a bus pulled over by St. Stephens Green. There are two different colored buses. One is red and the other is yellow. With our ticket, we had access to both. The red bus looped through Phoenix Park, home of the Dublin Zoo, whereas the yellow bus went by Kilmainham Gaol. Both have running commentary you can hear with headphones, which gave us a great, fast overview of Dublin. Then we simply hopped off the bus at the major attractions we wanted to see up close. When we were don...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour
59 O'connell Street
Dublin

Dublin Writers Museum

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Dublin Writers Museum Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I have never met a man or a woman from Ireland who couldn't tell a good story. I think language and humor are character traits that are bred into Irish babies every bit as much as their green eyes and red hair. So it's no wonder some of the world's literary giants come from the Emerald Isle. I couldn't be in Dublin without paying homage to some of them in the Dublin Writers Museum.  What was it like? We were happy to find that the museum was open on New Year's Day, 2006 as many other places about town were not. Admission was less than $5, and we were given headphones to take us on a tour of Ireland's most famous scribes. We put these on and walked into the f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Dublin Writers Museum
18 Parnell Square
Dublin, Ireland
353 (1) 872 2077

Decent Cigar Emporium

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Attraction | "The Decent Cigar Emporium"

Decent Cigar Emporium Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Grafton Street in Dublin is packed with shopping possibilities. After a while, my husband wanted to find something more... uh... manly than the Irish sweaters I was perusing. The Decent Cigar Emporium, with the American Indian standing by its front door, caught his eye. We walked up a short flight of stairs to find a vast selection of hand-rolled cigars from all around the world--no cigarettes, just cigars and cigar accessories. The walls were a bright color that made me think of a room in Key West or Miami. While a friendly sales associate helped my husband pick out a 10-year-old cabinet select cigar for my father, I perused the signed photographs of cele...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2006

Decent Cigar Emporium
46 Grafton Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1-671-6451