March 9, 2007

Dublin for dummies--try a tour

I went to jail in Dublin. It was delightful.

The gaol tour was just one of the sights we saw on our "Hop On Hop Off" bus. I really recommend these. I thought it was a really cheesy thing to do at first, but we did get to see everything we wanted.

We visited the National Gallery and I saw my first Vermeer. Oscar Wilde's house was just across the way. Diana visited the Guinness factory and went on the St. Patrick's Cathedral tour by herself, while Athena and I toured the formal gardens outside it and viewed the burial spots of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and others.

There is a lot to see in Dublin, and we didn't get to do a few of the things we wanted, but it's difficult in a two-day span.

I'll have more on this trip when I return, but Internet access is being shared between the three of us, and I think I have more than used my fair share. Back soon with more details.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at March 9, 2007 5:37 AM | TrackBack

Amanda, which city tour did you use? One of the ones that leaves from a youth hostel? I'm still tracking ours down for early next week.

Posted by: Mary Kay Cooper at March 9, 2007 8:52 AM

It was a Dublin City Tour Hop On Hop Off. There is another company, but we found ours to be incredibly personable and rather inexpensive. It is 14 Euros per adult for a 24-hour span.

The stops are all around the city and the markers are everywhere. The markers have listings of the 21 stops and the route.

Good luck. The bus station is on O'Connell street on the left side of the statue near Parnell Street. However, you can buy tickets at any stop.

Posted by: Amanda at March 9, 2007 2:37 PM

I love those "cheesy" tours! They are a great way to get acclimated to a new place fast. I've done those in London & York. Munich has tours similiar that are done on food or by bike. I plan on taking the bike tour next time I am there.

Happy travels!

Posted by: moira at March 9, 2007 7:49 PM
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