U.K. and Ireland - 7 hour layover in Dublin: What to do.
Jan 2, 07, 10:22 am
My brother and his new wife will be traveling to Milan on IE (from DFW... go figure :confused: ) in April and they will have about 7 hours in Dublin. (08:30-15:40) I figure between clearing customs and immigration on one end and security on the other and taxi rides on both ends, that leaves them with ~3 hours to do SOMETHING in Dublin. Any suggestions? I was thinking the Hop on-Hop off bus tour. Or would it maybe be better to try to stay closer to the airport? And what would they do in that area? Howth? Malahide? Also, are there any options for leaving their carry-ons? I told them I didn't think so any more.
Jan 3, 07, 3:56 pm
I'm not aware of any lockers at the airport itself. (Thank the IRA for that:td: ) Although I believe that there is a left luggage facility over the road from the terminal near the the car park. I've never used, it, so unfortunately cannot give you an indication on price. Apart from here, there used to be a left luggage lockers in the main bus station (Bus Aras) in Dublin City Centre.
As to spending 3 hours. You could take a guided bus tour. I've only ever been on business, but I've never thought of Dublin as being the most picturesque and most of the old building are clustered close together, so could be explored on foot. Alternatively, you could visit Dublin Castle, they used to have guided tours that were quite good value. Lastly, you could always pay a visit to the Guinness Brewery, in the past they used to give you a pint of the black stuff at the end :D
If you check an online tourist guide such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guides. They should have plenty of info on Dublin and should possibly have up to date prices for any attractions.
I believe you can get a day room at the Great Southern Hotel (Dublin Airport) reasonably enough. Depends how tired they are when they arrive in but it's a good option. If they're upto it Malahide is a short taxi ride away and if the weather is good would make a nice diversion for a few hours.
Never were lockers at the airport (nothing to do with the IRA btw after all why on earth would they ever have hit Dublin airport is beyond me but i'm sure there were concerns about their counterparts on the 'other side'). While thankfully those kind of domestic concerns are largely in Irelands past nowadays global terrorism has overtaken things somewhat. There is still a left luggage facility called GreenCaps opposite arrivals (beside the Spar shop) but lockers seem to be a thing of the past in most airports.
Jan 4, 07, 8:21 pm
There is a facility called green caps which will easily and effeciently care for your luggage. The only security issues at Dublin are the same as anywhere in the world.
There is plenty to do in your dublin layover, it depends on your interests.
even with bad traffic, you could easily visit the city centre, see the Book of Kells in Trinity College, have a nice lunch and (weather permitting) a pleasant stroll through older parts of Dublin.
how about just a bar where i can grab a pint of kilkenney and perhaps a quick bite? (i'm in the same boat next weekend)
Jan 8, 07, 11:43 am
Lastly, you could always pay a visit to the Guinness Brewery, in the past they used to give you a pint of the black stuff at the end :D
They still do!!:)
Jan 9, 07, 8:37 am
Lastly, you could always pay a visit to the Guinness Brewery, in the past they used to give you a pint of the black stuff at the end :D....
They still do!!:)
Yes they do!:D :cool: But neither one of them are Guinness drinkers. :eek: They're both winos and my brother is a big Crown man.