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What To Do On Sunday?

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What To Do On Sunday?

Below is our original itinerary, but after looking up all the business hours for the sites I noticed that most sites in Dublin have shorter hours on Sunday. We will have a car and were planning on dropping it off on Sunday to save some money and walk Dublin.

I do not think we will have enough time to see Dublin on Sunday because of their shorter business hours, which would you recommend we see on a Sunday in September (Northern Ireland or Northern Dublin)?

Friday – Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Old Bushmills Distillery

Carrick-a-rede rope bridge

Dunluce Castle

Saturday – North Dublin

Bru na Boinne

Hill Of Tara

Monasterboice

Battle of the Boyne

Trim Castle

Sunday – Dublin

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

"I do not think we will have enough time to see Dublin on Sunday because of their shorter business hours,"

I'm not sure that's the case. Plenty to see and do on a Sunday. I'm just not sure of your interests. But among other things:

Book of Kells (opens at 9:30 in September)

Walking Tour of Trinity College

Any number of other walking tours, offered by several different companies and with different focus depending on interest (Viking tour, Irish rebellion tour etc)

(St) Stepens Green if the weather is even halfway decent.

Stop in for a tea or coffee in Bewley's on Grafton Street

Find a street market and have a browse for a while

Kilmainham Gaol opens at 9:30

Guinness Storehouse opens at 9:30

Dublinia opens at 10:00

Haven't even gotten to Dublin Castle or the various museums or other historic sites you'll find open in the afternoon.

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2. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

There's plenty to do on a Sunday in Dublin (and in our experience you're like to find shorter opening hours in Northern Ireland than in Dublin on a Sunday). Not sure we understand your reference to Northern Dublin on a Sunday as a lot of the main sights and attractions are actually in the south city centre. Apart from the locations IrishFan has mentioned, the Writers' Museum opens at 11am, the National Gallery at midday and the Chester Beatty Library at 1pm.

Sunday mornings are one of our favourite times in Dublin. Dubliners are not early risers on Sundays and so the city has a tranquil and pleasantly empty feel to it, when it's the domain mostly of visitors. It's lovely to watch it slowly wake up and start to come to life in the mid morning.

If you look at the Top Questions about Dublin section on the right hand side of the Dublin Forum and click on 'What's open in Dublin on Sundays?' you'll find more detail about opening hours. It's just a question of scheduling some of the later opening attractions later in the day. The only thing we can think of which won't be open at some point on a Sunday is the General Post Office.

Your Saturday seems very crowded and you really won't do all of this in one day. If you want to see both Newgrange and Dowth as well as the museum and other displays in the Visitors' Centre, then you need to allow about three hours. Allow at least an hour for the Hill of Tara and two hours for Trim Castle if you plan to take the the guided tour (recommended). The Battle of the Boyne and Monasterboice sites can be seen fairly quickly - it really just depends on how long you want to linger.

Then you also need to factor in travel time, lunch and the opening hours of these attractions. The last admission into many of them will be around 5pm. We live in North County Dublin and spent a day last summer bringing our own visitors around some of these sites. Even with an early start, a brief stop for lunch and being familiar with the these locations and the drives between them, we comfortably did Bru na Boinne, Trim and Tara (although arrived at Tara too late for a guided tour which we ourselves then had to provide for our friends!). We actually spent a second day in County Meath visiting the Battle of the Boyne Centre, Old Mellifont Abbey and Monasterboice.

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3. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

Sorry - that should read 'Newgrange and Knowth'. You can't visit the interior of the Dowth tomb at present without prior permission and Bru na Boinne don't provide an option for visiting the exterior (which is open to the public).

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4. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

As Tapl says you would really need two days to visit the Boyne Valley areas comfortably. I have visited most of the sites and even parking you car and getting to the mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/…index.html

will take some time. (remember to throw a stone on to the roofstone if single and looking for a partner).

I love Dublin on a Sunday morning. You can park your car for free at the Pay and Display parking spaces until 2.p.m on a Sunday. We just park and stroll, have a nice lunch, do some light shopping and then back home.

There are usually plenty of street performers on Grafton Street on a Sunday to keep you occupied.

www.aaroadwatch.ie/parking/onstreet.asp

Edited: 28 May 2010, 08:57
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5. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

If visiting Dowth also try and take in Dowth Henge. It is absolutely huge. You wonder what sort of activities were taking place here thousands of years ago.

mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/…siteq.html

When studying archaeology at UCD I was lucky enough to be able to gain access to the chamber at Dowth on an organised field trip. This was a great experience. The site itself, even without access to the inner chamber is worth a visit.

When visiting the nearby henge we had to ask permission to cross the farmers land to get to the henge but as the henge itself is in the ownership of the state this should not be a problem.

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6. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

That's the second person this week we've heard has managed to gain entrance to Dowth! You weren't on the same trip by any chance?

tripadvisor.ie/ShowTopic-g186605-i90-k364538…

We're still trying to find out how to get permission for a trip of our own and are waiting for some organisations to get back to us. Can you remember who is actually responsible for the site? Is it the OPW? We appreciate that your trip might have been some time ago so maybe things have changed. We had previously presumed that permission was only granted to people with a 'professional' interest in the place and your trip would suggest that this might be the case given that you were studying archaeology at the time. Hope it's not the case as we would really love to visit. Will post any information we get.

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7. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

Dublin definitely. Parts of Northern Ireland still suffer from "never on a Sunday" attitude that used to see children's swings padlocked in local parks on the Sabbath!

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8. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

You could always contact Professor Gabriel Cooney at UCD for information

http://www.ucd.ie/archdata/ or Muiris O'Sullivan.

or join The Archaeology Society at UCD, you can sign up during Fresher Week.

Another option worth considering is ucd.ie/adulted/…certificate_archaeology.htm

There are perhaps other groups of people connected to various historical societies who may be able to arrange access to the Dowth chamber.

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9. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

Thanks for the information. We'll follow these links up. Don't think we'd be eligible to join a UCD student society, particularly as one of us is a former Trinity student!

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10. Re: What To Do On Sunday?

We will only have 1 day for dublin. It will be a packed day. Which is why I am worried about the shorter hours. For example, Dublin castle is only open for a few hours in the afternoon on Sunday.