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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is not known as a particularly pretty city, but there is enough to do and see here to create a great city break - and of course Dubliners themselves are amongst the most welcoming in the world, always up for a good 'craic'. Memorable experiences - outside the pubs, some now world class restaurants, and reading James Joyce beside the Liffey - include the Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church, Temple Bar, St Stephen's Green, Old Jameson Distillery and Kilmainham Jail. This Jail tour provides some great and evocative background to understanding the Irish Revolution, the heroes of which stand as statues off O'Connell Street. For hanging out and general buzz, head for the area of Temple Bar.

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri.

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Things to do in Dublin

Trinity College to see Book of Kells. Other popular landmarks include the Mansion House, the Anna Livia monument, the Molly Malone statue, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, Saint Francis Xavier Church on Upper Gardiner Street near Mountjoy Square, The Custom House, and Áras an Uachtaráin.

I have heard Glasgow is really pretty and not nearly as touristy. I have never been, but hope that helps!

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Thanks. I was thinking maybe Cork or somewhere along the coast? I've been to Glasgow - Scotland is lovely. Edinburgh is probably one of my favourite cities.

Not my favorite vacation

I should have read this review a little better before I went to Dublin. It was, as it says, not a particularly pretty city. The Guinness factory tour was fun, and the gravity bar at the top has a great view of the city, but I would have chosen to go elsewhere in Ireland if I could do it all over again. Once we got out to the Dublin Bay and the countryside it was really pretty, but I really didn't find any appeal in the city itself. If I could plan that trip again, I would fly into a different city in Ireland, because we really wanted to enjoy the Irish culture, and you don't get that in Dublin.

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I had the same experience. Can anyone recommend where to go to get more of the cultural side?

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