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Dublin in January

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Dublin in January

Hi,

We`re a 3 member family going to Dublin January 8th to 14th, no car, planning to stay in Dublin center and we have a few questions:

-Which attractions close during winter and which of those do you recommend during a 3 to 4 days visit?

-Which cities near Dublin do you recommend visiting? We love historical sites like castles, ruins and nature... We are considering Glendalough, Brú na Boinne, Kilkenny...

-Are these day trips from Dublin worth it or should we consider staying somewhere special for the night? We will travel by bus or train.

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1. Re: Dublin in January

Click on each of these Heritage sites for Dublin that interest you and you will get the opening hours and season, where relevant:

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/

Midlands and East Coast:

www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/

And, the South East:

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/

Wild Wicklow Tours have received good feedback on this forum:

http://www.wildwicklow.ie

And, to see if Glendalough is worth a weekend for you and your family, have a read of this Trip Report from March:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18659…

You would have to play it by ear of course, for a weekend in Glendalough, and take the weather at the time into account.

For Newgrange/Bru na Boinne:

http://newgrangetours.com

A visit to Kilkenny is the least weather-dependent on your list, with more than enough to do for a few days.

This trip report from 2016 covers Dublin, Glendalough and Kilkenny (in addition to Belfast):

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18659…

One final note, the Turner Exhibition at the National Art gallery in Dublin happens in the month of January only, every year:

https:/…

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2. Re: Dublin in January

Kilkenny is definitely worth a visit. You could also head to Galway via train.

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3. Re: Dublin in January

Maybe three days in Dublin. Then train to Galway for two days and back to Dublin for the last day.

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4. Re: Dublin in January

Obviously you will need some form of public transport which doesn't operate to reach places like Glendalough and Bru Na Boinne. There are plenty of places to visit around Dublin or take the train to Kilkenny or Belfast for the day and prepare for indoor venues in January. .The Titanic centre in Belfast is one of our favourites..

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5. Re: Dublin in January

Thank you all for the information!

From what I read here and other sources, I`m starting to form this plan:

-2 days in Dublin.

-2 day trip tours to Bru na Boinne and Glendalough returning to Dublin.

-2 days for Kilkenny and Cork by train (my son wants to kiss that rock)

-Last day in Dublin

Does this sound possible to you? Is Galway a must as some people mentioned here?

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6. Re: Dublin in January

Kilkenny to Cork by train will involve a bit of back tracking . Blarney castle can be reached by bus from Cork city easily enough .

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7. Re: Dublin in January

In Cork, this hotel a short walk from the station is my hotel of choice.

www.themetropolehotel.ie/

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8. Re: Dublin in January

Belfast and the Giant's Causeway is another option.

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9. Re: Dublin in January

No buses from Kilkenny to Cork either?

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10. Re: Dublin in January

I would say skip Kilkenny this trip and focus on Cork - and Blarney, which is a 'must' for your son.

Would you consider overnighting in Cork city?

Getting to Blarney from Cork city:

buseireann.ie/timetables/1475578130-215.pdf

There are Day Tours from Dublin to Cork/Blarney but they are grueling 12 hour days:

www.irishdaytours.ie/tour/cork-blarney-tour/

There is also a train option - more expensive - and again a long day:

https:/…dh02

The Dublin Coach service covers both Kilkenny and Cork city:

dublincoach.ie/timetables-fares/M9-waterford…

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