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 Dublin or Belfast?

DH and I have settled on Ireland for our summer vacation. I've been readinging online and it seems that there are lots of people who say Dublin is better and tons who say to go to Belfast.

Any experiences here with this? Which would you recommend?
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 22 Apr 2012 11:35 AM
 29 Dec 2006
 Toronto
paper_bag_princess
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Hmm, hard to say. I like both.

They are only a few hours apart, can you do both?
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 22 Apr 2012 11:53 AM
 2 Jan 2009
 Nunavut
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We're hoping to see both but we'd like to be based out of one or the other for the week. We'd prefer not to change hotels every night.
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 22 Apr 2012 11:59 AM
 2 Aug 2009
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Belfast is good for a day trip. Dublin is good for 2-3 days of sightseeing but I wouldn't want to be there any longer than that. I was kinda bored. The best part of Ireland is the countryside!
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 22 Apr 2012 12:36 PM
 3 Jan 2009
zoobaby
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I would personally say Dublin. I've been to Belfast once and Dublin a number of times, and there is some neat stuff in Dublin, especially if you want to do a few day trips. As Nuke says, the best part if Ireland is the countryside.

FYI, if you do decide to do Dublin and you're a U2 fan, let me know, as I have MUCH knowledge of the U2 sites in the city laugh
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 22 Apr 2012 4:38 PM
 2 Jan 2009
 Nunavut
MillyHa
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I'm a huge U2 fan. DH not so much, but if I'm planning the trip he doesn't need to know WHY we're going the places we're going wink

Send any information along my way, zoobaby, please smile
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 22 Apr 2012 5:45 PM
 3 Jan 2009
zoobaby
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This is really useful for a lot of sites in the central city (their studio, etc.):

http://www.atu2.com/dublin/dublin-guide.html

Check out The Clarence in downtown Dublin (Bono and Edge own it, and they'll occasionally have a drink in the Octagon Bar.) You probably won't have time or be motivated enough (unless you're a giant fan with an obliging DH, as I am), but you can see Bono's childhood home at 10 Cedarwood Road. Larry Mullen's childhood home (where the band was formed and used to rehearse in the kitchen) is at 60 Rosemount Avenue. They attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School on Malahide Road in Clontarf.

Bono lives on Vico Road in Killiney, which is accessible via the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit.) You can literally see the house from the train stop. He lives across from the Canadian ambassador to Ireland and his house is a tourist attraction; there is a wall of U2 graffiti beside it leading down to the beach and his gates are engraved (by him and his family) with personal symbols, etc. I've been a few times but am admittedly very leery about invading their privacy - I always wanted to meet him (which I did last year, eeeeeeeeek!!!) but I never want to do so outside the house 'cause it feels so invasive. If you go, I know you'll of course be discreet laugh

I'll see if I can think of anything else!
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 22 Apr 2012 6:08 PM
 2 Jan 2009
 Nunavut
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Thanks! I've been referred to The Clarence a couple times, so I'll definitely have to check that out.

Thanks for the information and link. Off to check them out smile
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 22 Apr 2012 10:44 PM
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I only did Dublin so I can't say how it compares, but I really liked Newgrange (def. day trip) and there are quite a few small towns you can visit nearby.
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 22 Apr 2012 10:47 PM
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 Ottawa, ON
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I'd also say Dublin. There's a lot to see. We stayed 3 nights vs. 1 for Belfast and felt that we saw everything we wanted to see in both. Are you going to be driving? I wouldn't want to be based out of either for driving trips - the city driving was the worst part of that trip. The countryside is gorgeous, and worth the inconvenience of packing up - you can even do a straight trip across to Galway pretty easily from Dublin and fly out from there. If you drive from Dublin to Belfast you need to go to Newgrange - absolute highlight of that trip for us.
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 23 Apr 2012 7:33 PM
 2 Jan 2009
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Thank you all, ladies. We've decided to make Dublin 'home' for the trip and do day trips from there.

Now, suggestions for day trips? wink
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 23 Apr 2012 8:04 PM
 3 Jan 2009
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Drogheda is interesting - you can see the preserved head of Oliver Plunkett in St. Peter's! As I said in my post above, you could spend some time in Killiney and Dalkey - there are a lot of famous people besides Bono who live there.

I would also totally recommend you spend some time in Wicklow and in the mountains - they're spectacular!

I love Ireland - you'll have a great time.
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 24 Apr 2012 1:59 PM
 28 Jun 2011
 Saskatoon, SK
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We stayed in Dublin and did a couple of tours with Paddywagon Tours (they operate out of a hostel and they were really good day trips for the price!)

We did one day trip to Blarney which was great - I really just wanted to go and kiss the Blarney Stone lol! It is really beautiful there and the castle is great to walk around! We also stopped at Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic.

We did another day trip north to Londonderry (where FH used to live) and on the way we stopped at the Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

I loved both of the tours! We learned a lot from the guide/driver and the views are just breathtaking. It's just so GREEN! Exactly how I imagined Ireland to be smile
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 24 Apr 2012 4:23 PM
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Realistically, pretty much anywhere can be done as a daytrip from Dublin if you start early enough... you can drive from Dublin (on the East coast) to the Cliffs of Moher (on the West Coast) in less than 4 hours.

My fave spots aren't necessarily the touristy things, though, although there are a few.

Bunratty... there are some gorgeous views from the tops of some of the buildings (the Shannon river, etc.)... and they do (at least I think they still do) a medieval banquet thing.

The Cliff of Moher... not a whole lot to see, but I like the scenery... very raw.

The Burren

Killarney... Ladies View

The Ring of Kerry... but that's best done by coach tour, mostly because otherwise you end up going head-to-head with a highway coach on a road built wide enough for 2 smartcars. I've got some pics from the SouthWest coast that you'd swear were taken in the Caribbean... teal water, white sand & palm trees.

Doolin

The Dingle Penninsula

Ennis (I love the city... but my favourite aunt lives there, so that might be colouring my love of it)

Wicklow

Glendalough

Kilkenny (my Dad grew up there, so it's got lots of happy childhood visit memories)... but there's a fun (but overpriced) Design Centre there.... and the castle... and a ruined monestary.
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 26 Apr 2012 2:42 PM
 2 Jan 2009
 Nunavut
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Okay, here's a hypothetical.

You're going to Ireland, setting up 'base' in a hotel in Dublin. You'll arrive late on a Wednesday night and leave early the following Wednesday. That gives you Thursday through Tuesday. You want to spend your time seeing some of the tourist attractions, but you'd also like to experience 'real Ireland' at least for a day.

How would you plan that time?
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 4 May 2012 2:03 AM
 28 Jun 2011
lee.lee
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We traveled all over Ireland and Northern Ireland last spring. Our tour (Shamrocker tours) departed and returned to Dublin so we spent a few extra days there.

We did a day trip on our own to Howth. We took the train and it was less than an hour to get there from city centre. It's a beautiful little seaside town with a giant rhododendron garden at the top of the hills with a beautiful view of the water. I don't remember the name of the restaurant we ate dinner at, but the sea food was incredible as it was fresh.
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 7 May 2012 7:37 PM
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