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Report 2056: Family Trip to London and Ireland

By L. AnnMarie from Ohio, Summer 2013

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Page 3 of 4: Dublin

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Our driver from Simply Airports is at our flat to pick us up right on time (maybe even early). Quite happy with their service. We fly Aer Linghus to Dublin. We were going to rent a car at the airport but the agent at the Hertz rental counter convinced us to take the Airlink bus to our hotel and get the car on our last day in Dublin. It would save us a couple hundred dollars. We grab the bus, which is there within five minutes and lets us off right across the street from the hotel. Couldn’t have been easier.

We have two rooms at the Best Western Academy Plaza Dublin. They are ready at 12:30 upon our arrival. We took the Green Bus Hop On Hop Off tour for a full circuit. After the ride we went to the Temple Bar area and had dinner at Gallagher’s which was very good. We were seated right away and all enjoyed our meals.

After dinner we walked over to Gogarty’s pub for our Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl. We were told to be there at 7:15 for a 7:30 start. Unfortunately, I think one of the musicians was late and so we didn’t start until 8:00. And, Gogarty’s is really just the meeting point.

After everyone was gathered together we walked to the first Pub. Mark and Andy were informative and entertaining. They played the “fiddle”, guitar and bodhran and sang traditional Irish music. I really enjoyed the tour but it was much too large. It was difficult to find seats in the pub and there was a bit of time spent finding chairs and stools. Then we were packed in so tight it was difficult to make your way to the bar for a pint. We all agreed that they should have capped the group size.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

We head out in the morning to see Kilmainham Gaol. Our tickets for the hop-on hop-off bus are good for our entire stay so we use the bus to get to the Gaol. It takes a bit of time to take the bus. There is really not that much to see at the Gaol. However, our guide was quite knowledgeable on Irish history and the history of the Irish Rebellions so the tour of the Gaol was worth it just from that standpoint. We would recommend taking time to see the Gaol because of the tour.

After the Gaol we went to the Guiness Tour. The Guiness Tour does not take you on any part of the actual Guiness plant. It is all a presentation of how they make Guiness. It is nicely done — great marketing. And, at the end you can enjoy a pint in the Gravity Bar that has great views of Dublin. You could also opt to learn how to correctly pour a Guiness and get a certificate that shows that you completed the instruction. The line for that was quite long.

Dinner is at Bewleys. We are seated relatively quickly but service is horrible. It takes forever to put in our drink order. My glass of wine doesn’t even arrive until after our appetizers. I’m not sure what happened. The food was OK but the service was terrible. Not sure I would recommend it.

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