First Trip to Ireland - help needed

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  1. mdtravel

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    My 75 year old father has picked Ireland as a place he would like to see, so I'm starting some planning. We'll likely be going in January.

    I know absolutely nothing about Ireland, nothing at all.

    My father tends to like old town settings like Florence, Bamberg, Bruges, etc. Are there towns in Ireland that have that sort of feel?

    My guess is that we will base in Dublin and take a lot of day trips from there. Anyone have specific recommendations for day trips?

    We will be leaving from CLT so I think we'll fly to LHR, maybe spend a night or two in London, head to Dublin for several nights, then back to London for one more night before catching the flight back to CLT.

    I'm truly just beginning this, so in addition to the above if you have any advice or recommendations please do let me know.
     
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    I only spent a few days in Dublin but I've heard from others there are plenty of small cities to explore. In Dublin I would recommend a quick stop at Kilmainham Gaol if you like history. It's just on the outside of town. Book of Kells is probably worth a quick stop as well but shouldn't occupy a ton of time.
     
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    My father has been twice to visit friends that live in Sligo. He recommends that for a visit and the Strandhill B&B as a lodging option.
     
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    I think if you are looking for small town experience like Brugges, then fly into Cork, and take a bus to Kinsale. @uggboy might want to chime in.
     
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    I'd recommend planning on staying overnight on the "day trips." The distances are not far for US standards but can be tiring, not to mention you will be driving in the dark if you are traveling in January.

    For example, I need to travel from Limerick to Dublin for dialysis (~5 hours in Dublin) and back to Galway, to do that I had to be on a train at 9:30 am to Dublin and was going to Galway via bus and got back at about 9 PM. Driving would have been faster but still a very long day.

    And once you start sightseeing in the smaller areas the roads get very slow and tiring.

    Our best B&B was Garnish House in Cork, tea on arrival with nice Jams and the like, choice of about 15 entrees for breakfast and very nice people (despite being Inn sized).
    https://www.booking.com/hotel/ie/garnish-house.en-us.html
     
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    To base yourself in Dublin is a good choice, we would recommend the following cities and towns for a day visit, there's a lot of choice:

    Galway:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galway

    Kilkenny:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilkenny

    Athlone:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlone

    Howth in North Dublin:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howth

    Bray to the south of Dublin:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bray

    In Dublin you might want to visit also the castle:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Castle

    Belfast, Northern Ireland incl. a visit to the city hall or the Titanic:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_City_Hall
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_Belfast

    Enjoy Ireland incl. Northern Ireland, all these places, towns and cities are accessible for a good / insightful one day visit from Dublin. Cheers & Safe Travels. :)
     
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