QUOTE(lalluraja1 @ Jan 24 2011, 04:01 AM)
My wife and I are planning a trip to Ireland (Mar 16-25). I've done some research and read some of your posting but I still have a TON of questions! Ok so here goes--
1. We'd like to enjoy St Paddys day parade in Dublin. Is it worth it to buy Grandstand tix? If not, what do you recommend?
2. Where should we stay w/o blowing through the budget? City Centre? A bit farther out and take the train? We won't have a car etc and don't want to stay too far away from the action. Rates are about 225 euros for the week of Mar 16-19 (super high for us).
3. More generally, would you recommend we take a guided tour or self plan? We'd like to see as much of Ireland as possible b/c we don't know when we'll be back
4. What are the "must see" places in Ireland? So far I have the following (based on your other posts and traveladvisor etc).
-Hill of Tara
-Walkabout Wicklow tour
-Ghost Bus Tour
-Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
-Cliffs of Mohr (whats best way to see this and get here?)
-Temple Bar area
Should I kick something out? Am I missing anything else?
For transport I found GoBus and Airporter (for airport shuttle). How do I get around locally? Any other general suggestions? Just want to make the most of our trip and avoid getting suckered!
Thanks much in advance!
Hi Sam, I've just seen your post - apologies, life got on top of me!! I hope these extra bits help, if you've not made plans already!
Where are you travelling from (just wondering if you'll have jetlag and whether doing everything in such a short space of time is feasible?)
Are you going to hire a car or do everything by public transport?
In answer to your initial questions....
1. Nah - I've no idea what a 'Grandstand tic' is - I'm not from Ireland, I'm from Scotland, but I lived in Dublin for 18 months. For Paddy's Day, I just headed to Trinity College area and found a spot. It was fine, atmosphere was ace! (If you want a tip though - some people brought small stepladders with them!) I'd skip whatever those tickets are, and get stuck in with the locals! So much fun!
2. Have you tried apartment rental? It might work out cheaper? I'll bet there's loads of short-term apartment deals centrally now, with the recession etc. Failing that, as long as you're near a LUAS line stop, you can get the train in and a taxi back...?
3. Goes back to my initial questions - where do you want to go etc....I would self-plan with a hire car if you want to get out and around.....and you don't have much time....
4. 'Must-see places'....OK....most of the stuff you have listed is in Dublin or nearby, so you can definitely do those by basing yourself there. The Cliffs of Moher however are on the west coast, so you'd need to do a tour or get there by yourselves....tbh.....I wasn't that impressed - if you click on my Ireland link below you can read why.....my personal opinion is that they're SO hyped up! If you're going to see cliffs, head a bit further south on the same coast towards 'Loop Head' - stunning! (but you'd definitely need a car - are you concerned about driving there? It's really easy, if somewhat slow with the roads...!)
If you had a car, leave Dublin Castle, go to others! Dublin Castle is really unexciting and doesn't even look like a castle! Whereas Trim Castle is fab!!! (see my blog)
Don't miss Kilmainham Gaol! It is so so interesting and informative! Wicklow is gorgeous :-)