Sights and shopping

Always stop by the tourist information center in whatever city of town you visit. Great place to get your bearings and find out about tours, etc.

Sights

Cork

  • Take the tour bus around the city; not just for the tourist information but also to experience riding around in a tall tour bus in the narrow, twisty streets.

Dublin

  • 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour – A fascinating tour that takes off from the International Bar off Grafton Street.  First get a pint at the bar and go downstairs for a introductory lecture and than walk around Dublin, ending at the Post Office. One thing we learned was that Dublin was a Protestant city but Catholic churches were allowed but didn’t make themselves too obvious. The tour guide described a church off Grafton Street that was hidden in plain site and walking back from the tour we found it.
  • Historical Walking Tour from Trinity College – Led by history students at Trinity, this was a very entertaining and informative tour.
  • Abbey Theatre – We saw a great play here. On the north sideo f the Liffey.

Kilkenny

  • Kilkenny Castle – When you arrive in Kilkenny first thing get tickets to the castle as they only have a certain number of tickets available. This one has a roof and furniture and beautiful grounds.

Shopping

Dublin

  • Kilkenney Store – Everything Irish with a bit of style. You won’t find much touristy stuff.
  • Celtic Whiskey Shop – One block from Grafton Street for all the Irish whiskeys you could ever want.
  • Grafton Street – an outdoor mall with every shop in Ireland. Check the side streets for funkier shops.
  • Temple Bar Food Market – If you’re in Temple Bar on a Saturday stop by and see what real Irish food looks like.

Kilkenny

  • The Kilkenny Store of course. Same as in Dublin, Cork and Galway.  Across the street from the castle.

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