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Mainly the best restaurants from a well travelled local; mixing high and low life. Some arty tips; mainly literature.

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27 Places

Guinness Storehouse

Breweries

St. Stephen's Green

Parks

Kilmainham Gaol

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Cleaver East

Restaurants

Cafe en Seine

Restaurants

Phoenix Park

Parks

The Rustic Stone

Restaurants

Elephant & Castle

Restaurants

Fade Street Social

Restaurants

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Trinity College Dublin

Historic Sites, Universities & Schools

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dublin Zoo

Zoos

National Botanic Gardens

Gardens

National Gallery of Ireland

Art Galleries, Art Museums

Merrion Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Art Museums

The Porterhouse Temple Bar

Restaurants

ELY BAR & GRILL

Restaurants

Stag's Head

Bars & Clubs, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Science Gallery Dublin

Science Museums

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

James Joyce Cultural Centre

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Sandymount Strand

Beaches

Arbour Hill Cemetery

Cemeteries

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Restaurants

James Joyce Tower & Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

mukdennnis's City Tips

  • Enjoy yourself; don't tip barmen or taxi-drivers, 12.5% for waiters if good; talk to everyone, Irish people like to talk.
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    Guinness Storehouse
    Breweries
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    mukdennnis Says:

    The most visited venue in Dublin; great views of the city and hills; great museum and nice story about Guinness in Dublin. But, its in one of the crappiest parts of town; take a taxi.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Go early and take a taxi.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good but not as good as expected 10/12/2017
    • It worths the visit 10/12/2017
    • Guinness Storehouse
    Address:
    Market Street
    St James Gate
    Dublin D8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 408 4800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    St. Stephen's Green
    Parks
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Beautiful city centre park; created by Lord Iveagh; look at workers during lunch and teen kids acting cool. Generally security is good; exits to different parts of the square all give lovely views.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Buy a sandwich and eat it by the lake.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful gem in city 10/12/2017
    • Beautiful place to relax 10/12/2017
    • St. Stephen's Green
    Address:
    at the top end of Grafton St
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 475 7816
    Other:
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    Kilmainham Gaol
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Grim. Poignant in a not so good part of town. Where 1916 rising leaders were shot and it still echoes of death. Worth seen.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • go early and do something else then; go to Art Gallery near by.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A walk back in history 10/12/2017
    • Incredible tour! Perfect for tourists wanting to know about Ireland's history! 10/12/2017
    • Kilmainham Gaol
    Address:
    Inchicore Road
    Kilmainham
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 453 5984
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Cleaver East
    Restaurants (Irish, European)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    See my review. Could do better but ok. Destroyed what was a great room, as Tea Rooms.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • get early bird menu.then hit temple bar.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #290 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    • Sunday Brunch 28/11/2017
    • Bottomless brunch with brilliant service 19/11/2017
    • Cleaver East
    Address:
    6-8 East Essex Street
    Dublin Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 531 3500
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 15:00
    17:30 - 21:30
    Mon - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Cafe en Seine
    Restaurants (Irish, Bar, Cafe, European, Pub, Soups)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Good for pre-dinner drinks; don't eat here. recreated art noveaux venue, that is worth seeing.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • go during day or early evening; avoid weekends, often too busy.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #166 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still beautiful but ageing 18/11/2017
    • Charming and Quirky 10/11/2017
    • Cafe en Seine
    Address:
    39/40 40 Dawson Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 677 4567
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Tue
    12:00 - 00:00
    Wed - Sat
    12:00 - 03:00
    Other:
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    Phoenix Park
    Parks
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Only go there if you are driving or cycling; it is vast; one of the biggest city centre parks in the world and the oldest; has its own herds of wild deer, that are genetically distinct they have been there so long. The zoo is here too; along with a polo ground, cricket ground, and race course. The President lives here too and the US Ambassador.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Drive around for an hour, looking for deer. Bring a picinic.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great green space 09/12/2017
    • Wonderful park 07/12/2017
    • Phoenix Park
    Address:
    Parkgate St.
    Conyngham Road
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 677 0095
    Other:
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    The Rustic Stone
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Irish, European, Healthy)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Buzzy, popular restaurant. Steak on stones and delicate salad stuff. See my reviews.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Book in advance, is busy esp on weekend.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    • M Long 10/12/2017
    • Overpriced and disappointing food 10/12/2017
    • The Rustic Stone
    Address:
    17 South Great George's Street
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 707 9596
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$65
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 21:30
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 14:30
    Fri
    17:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    13:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Elephant & Castle
    Restaurants (American, Irish, Bar)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Best cheap burger joint in the city; NY city style, but with a good wine list. Go early afternoon (2ish) between rushes and have a boozy afternoon looking out the windows at passers by.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Do not take bookings.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #202 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good stop in Temple Bar 09/12/2017
    • Delish 09/12/2017
    • Elephant & Castle
    Address:
    18 Temple Bar
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 679 3121
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 23:30
    Sat - Sun
    10:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Fade Street Social
    Restaurants (Irish, European, Spanish)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Other popular buzzy restaurant; bad acoustics so avoid really busy times. Tapas bar may be fun for snack. see my reviews.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Advance booking required.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chtismas Party Perfection 10/12/2017
    • The best cocktails.....ever!!! 10/12/2017
    • Fade Street Social
    Address:
    4 - 6 Fade Street
    Dublin 2
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 604 0066
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$53
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 15:30
    Sun - Thu
    17:00 - 22:30
    Thu - Fri
    12:30 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    12:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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    The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
    Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Just an amazing cool room; sit there for an hour an smell the books; monuments of unageing intellect...

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • go early , big crowds.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow and wow 10/12/2017
    • My heart skipped a beat! 10/12/2017
    • The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
    Address:
    College Green
    Trinity College Dublin
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 2320
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Other:
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    Trinity College Dublin
    Historic Sites, Universities & Schools
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Beautiful collection of buildings in the city centre; impressive history; listen to the quiet when you enter the main arch.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Gets busy later in the day.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Typical University Feel 10/12/2017
    • Worth a stop while in Dublin 09/12/2017
    • Trinity College Dublin
    Address:
    Grafton St.
    College Green
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 1000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
    Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mukdennnis Says:

    History, amazing, good exhibit. go early lots of people visit.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • go early to beat the crowds in summer
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow and wow 10/12/2017
    • My heart skipped a beat! 10/12/2017
    • The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
    Address:
    College Green
    Trinity College Dublin
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 2320
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Other:
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    Dublin Zoo
    Zoos
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Small bu tinteresting zoo; a bit historic but the kids will love it.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • spend an afternoon.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wild Lights a magical experience 10/12/2017
    • Wildlights @Dublin Zoo 09/12/2017
    • Dublin Zoo
    Address:
    Cunningham Road
    Phoenix Park
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 474 8900
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    National Botanic Gardens
    Gardens
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Great hot houses; main one had place where Wittgenstein sat while thinking.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Any time good.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nature and art 10/12/2017
    • Go, just go! 06/12/2017
    • National Botanic Gardens
    Address:
    National Botanic Gardens Botanic Road
    Glasnevin
    Dublin 9
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 804 0300
    Other:
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    National Gallery of Ireland
    Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    mukdennnis Says:

    A small selection of great worss; a few nice Monets and a bad Picasso or two; but look at the Jack B. Yeats (brother of WB), perhaps Ireland's best visual artist. Endowed by royalties from JB shaw; new section is great.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • good any time of the day.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    • Excellent collection of art 10/12/2017
    • Gorgeous gallery filled with local artists 10/12/2017
    • National Gallery of Ireland
    Address:
    Merrion Square West
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 661 5133
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:30
    Mon - Wed
    09:15 - 17:30
    Thu
    09:15 - 20:30
    Fri - Sat
    09:15 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Merrion Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Just a lovely georgian square. see Oscar Wilde statue, something great and appropriate about it.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Take a picnic or a sandwich with you. Walk around perimeter.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Active Community Park 10/12/2017
    • Loved the food fare at the park! 09/12/2017
    • Merrion Square
    Address:
    East End of Nassau St.
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 661 2369
    Other:
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    Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
    Art Museums
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Modern art gallery; not in great part of town; but close to Chapter One. Main feature is Francis Bacon;s studio; worth an hour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Arty great place.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gem for Art Lovers 28/11/2017
    • Hidden Gem 28/11/2017
    • Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
    Phone:
    +353 1 222 5550
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Thu
    09:45 - 18:00
    Fri
    09:45 - 17:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Porterhouse Temple Bar
    Restaurants (American, Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Micro brewery in the otherwise fairly hateful temple bar; I have a sentimental connection.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Just a pub really.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 09/12/2017
    • Excellent Meal and Service 05/12/2017
    • The Porterhouse Temple Bar
    Address:
    16-18 Parliament Street
    Dublin D2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 679 8847
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Wed
    11:30 - 00:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:30 - 02:00
    Other:
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    ELY BAR & GRILL
    Restaurants (Irish, Bar, European, Wine Bar, International)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    reasonable; good wine list. not exceptional; some interesting venues.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Nice cellars in ifsc.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #302 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very pleasant place for a lunch in IFC 09/12/2017
    • An unexpected delight 09/12/2017
    • ELY BAR & GRILL
    Address:
    Georges Dock
    Stack A, CHQ Building
    Dublin DUBLIN 1
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 672 0010
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$34
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Stag's Head
    Bars & Clubs, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mukdennnis Says:

    One of the oldest pubs; great old decor; avoid on weekends will be jammers.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Mainly a pub thing.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 289 Nightlife in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 10/12/2017
    • Old style Dublin pub 05/12/2017
    • Stag's Head
    Address:
    1 Dame Court
    off Dame Street
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 671 3701
    Other:
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    Science Gallery Dublin
    Science Museums
    See more photos
    mukdennnis Says:

    Very novel concept of gallery with science exhibits; may be unique in world.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Need to be a science head.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience for the family 04/11/2017
    • Take an Emergency Exit 31/10/2017
    • Science Gallery Dublin
    Address:
    The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College
    Trinity College Dublin
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 4091
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Royal Hospital Kilmainham
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    mukdennnis Says:

    Out of town but impressive building; Modern art, but a bit out on a limb.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Dont go unless you have a car.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyed a stroll through this park on way from Kilmainham to Dublin 11/11/2017
    • Beautiful building but not much more than that 28/10/2017
    • Royal Hospital Kilmainham
    Address:
    Kilmainham Lane
    Dublin
    Ireland
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    James Joyce Cultural Centre
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    mukdennnis Says:

    Better to go our to Martello Tower in Sandycove; never seen this place.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • No personal knowlegde of this.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #141 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely homage to this great writer 12/10/2017
    • James Joyce Forever 07/10/2017
    • James Joyce Cultural Centre
    Address:
    35 N. Great George's St.
    Dublin 1
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 878 8547
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Sandymount Strand
    Beaches
    mukdennnis Says:

    Where Dedalus walks in Ulysses; follow the footsteps from Sandycove and re-read the Proteus episode.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Good for a walk.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #162 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    • One of the best tourist strands within 10 minutes of Dublin City 12/11/2017
    • Beautiful 29/10/2017
    • Sandymount Strand
    Address:
    Strand Road
    Sandymount
    Dublin 4
    Ireland
    Other:
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    Arbour Hill Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Poignant reminder of the war if independence; in a bad part of town (dodge the prostitutes) but worth seeing.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Remote and odd place.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #140 of 546 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic and Peaceful 30/09/2017
    • A peaceful resting place for patriots 09/08/2017
    • Arbour Hill Cemetery
    Address:
    Arbour Hill
    Stoneybatter
    Dublin 7
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 605 7700
    Other:
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    Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Two star michelin. Best restuarant in Dublin. need deep pockets.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Lunch menu good value and great wine list.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 2,180 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply Magical - deserves all the accolades 09/12/2017
    • Eating there was an fabulous experience! 06/12/2017
    • Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
    Address:
    The Merrion Hotel 21 Merrion Street Upper
    Dublin D2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 676 4192
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:30 - 14:15
    Tue - Sat
    19:00 - 22:15
    Sat
    13:00 - 14:15
    Other:
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    James Joyce Tower & Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    mukdennnis Says:

    Go up top, good views and very historic. Nice area.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the dart.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Dun Laoghaire
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular view 08/12/2017
    • Great Tour! 22/11/2017
    • James Joyce Tower & Museum
    Address:
    Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point
    Dun Laoghaire
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 280 9265
    Other:
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