Ireland Journals

Short Break in Belfast and Dublin

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A July 2011 trip to Ireland by Joy S

Molly Malones Statue in Dublin Photo, Ireland, Europe More Photos
Quote: We spent time exploring both of Ireland's capitals - Belfast and Dublin

Overview and Highlights

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Molly Malone's Statue in Dublin Photo, Ireland, Europe
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A holiday in Ireland means lots of "green" scenery - rolling fields and hills and to go with this, more often than not a touch of rain in the air - hence the greenness! Ireland is on our doorstep, we tend to go at least once a year. There is something for everybody - rich history, stunning natural scenery and vibrant, lively cities. There is a great atmosphere wherever you go, and the people are always laid back and very friendly. Irish hospitality is famous throughout the world and extends to children - this is a very family friendly destination.The country - north and south is very rural but also very diverse in its landscape.Whatever time of year you decide t...Read More

City Sightseeing Belfast Hop On Hop Off Bus

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Attraction | "Belfast Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour"

City Sightseeing Belfast Hop On Hop Off Bus Photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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The capital city and the largest city in Northern Ireland has undergone a rebirth in recent years and is now a modern and vibrant place. It was voted 4th best in the UK for a city break by the Guardian/Observer Travel awards recently. You are never short of things to do here, there are lots of trendy and lively bars, great shopping, top restaurants and lots of historical and cultural attractions.The hop on, hop off bus is a good way to see all the main sights of Belfast - especially those that are outside the city centre. It is also a great way to get your bearings in the city.The ticket is valid for 24 hours and you ride on a double decker bus (some are open-topped, others ...Read More

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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop On Hop Off Bus
High Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
44 (0) 2890 321 321

A Day in Belfast

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Royal Opera House Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Belfast has undergone remarkable changes in the last 15 years. Today, it is a must-see city. It is a great choice for a short break. It is rich in social and industrial history - once Belfast was the industrial heart of the British Empire with its shipbuilding, linen and rope making industries. We started our walking tour at the Albert Clock at Castle Place. It is Belfast's very own leaning tower. It commemorates Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria and is 113 feet tall. It provided a bird's eye view for those watching the Titanic set sail. It is built on reclaimed land on marshy foundations. A recent renovation corrected its tilt somewhat, but it still really does lean....Read More

Dublinia

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Attraction | "Dublinia Museum"

Dublinia Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublinia is open from 09:30 to 5:00 during the summer. Entrance cost is 9 Euros for adults, 6.50 Euros for concessions and 5 Euros for children. You can buy a discounted ticket for Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral. They are connected to each other by a medieval footbridge - if you come here, you must see the cathedral. There is a car park in Jurys Hotel with the entrance on Werburgh Street. If you keep your Dublinia ticket they give you a discount on parking.Dublinia is in the heart of Dublin's old city, in a really beautiful old Victorian Gothic building. It aims to offer a "hands-on history experience" to children. It focusses on Dublin's Viking and medieval history. There ar...Read More

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Dublinia
St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch
Dublin, Ireland
01-6794611

Christ Church Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Christ Church Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin. It is well worth a visit and we spent a very engrossed 1.5 hours exploring the inside of the cathedral and the crypt. It has had many renovations, but is still an architectural gem and very beautiful. The area around it though has not always been sympathetically developed. This is unfortunate - try and approach the cathedral from the river - this will help you to appreciate it properly.There is an entrance charge, we bought the combined Dublinia / Cathedral tickets and made a saving.Christ Church Cathedral dates back from 1038. Sitric, the Danish king of Dublin at that time built the first wooden Christ Chur...Read More

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Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Pl.
Dublin, County Dublin
+353 167 78099