Dublin Journals

Weekend in Dublin

A November 2002 trip to Dublin by Globe

Malahide Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: After hearing about all the charms of Dublin, a group of friends and I decided to discover the city ourselves. The city lived up to our expectations and we enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ireland.

Weekend in Dublin

Overview

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The highlights of our trip were the Guinness Brewery and a bus tour of the city. The Guinness Brewery is a must-see, with an entertaining and informative museum, plus a free pint once you reach the end. The bus tour gives you a good orientation of the city and helps you choose the destinations to explore later on foot.

Quick Tips:

Dublin is expensive, so plan to spend more than usual on food and lodging.

Best Way To Get Around:

Dublin is navigable on foot, and the scenic bus tours are great for entertainment and sightseeing, as well as a mode of transportation.

Abbey Hostel

Hotel

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We stayed in six-person rooms with three sets of bunk beds. The hostel staff was friendly and helpful. We even had to cancel one bed when we arrived, and there was no charge or penalty. The location is the best part of the hostel. It is located right on the river, just mintes from O''Connell Street and Temple Bar. The price was reasonable, although a bit more than you find in other cities. Breakfast was included, but was only tea or coffee and toast.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2002

Abbey Hostel
29 Bachelor's Walk
Dublin, Ireland
353 1 8780700

Duke

Restaurant | "The Duke"

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The Duke is situated in downtown Dublin, making it a great stop for a meal or a pint of Guinness if you did not get enough on your brewery tour. For lunch, they offer several entrees, served cafeteria-style. The prices were reasonable and the helpings were large. The atmosphere was great, like a typical Irish pub. TVs on the walls show football matches, and it becomes a gathering place for fans to cheer for their favorite team.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2002

Duke
8-9 Duke Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (01) 679 9553

Guinness Storehouse

Attraction | "Guinness Brewery"

Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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No trip to Dublin is complete without a tour of the Guinness Brewery. Once you enter, you begin to wind through the museum, where you learn about Sir Arthur Guinness, the brewing process, advertisements, distribution, and more. Upon finishing one room, you climb stairs to the next level to learn about a new subject. The multimedia displays are entertaining and sometimes even interactive. In the room about the brewing process, you can smell the ingredients at different stages of the process. At the top of the brewery, you can sample a free (after paying admission to the tour) pint of Guinness, the freshest in the world, while sitting in the Gravity Bar overlooking Dublin.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2002

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

Malahide Castle

Attraction

Malahide Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Malahide Castle was built in the 10th century and was occupied by the Talbot family until about 25 years ago. Today, the castle is open for tours. There are no guides, but when your group enters a room, an audio recording explains the furniture, art, and general stories about the room. The best part of the castle may be the surrounding grounds, which help you see why Ireland is known for being so green.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2002

Malahide Castle
Malahide
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 846-2184