Dublin, Ireland travel tips

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Ireland is small enough that there any number of easy day trips to be made from Dublin. Check with the Tourist Centre on Suffolk Street, for easy day trips to Cork, the Cliffs of Moher, or the Antrim Coast.

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One of the more moving sites in Dublin is Kilmainham Gaol (jail), a centuries-old dungeon that is most famous for being the site where the leaders of the Easter Rising were executed in 1916.

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If you're in central Dublin, you really shouldn't miss the chance to see the Book of Kells on display at Trinity College. The illuminated manuscript is one of Ireland's national treasures. Get there early, though, as the lines tend to be quite long.

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In Ireland, a Value Added Tax (VAT) or sales tax is added to all goods. The amount can be refunded for non-EU visitors, and the process is very simple. Pick up a FEXCO Horizon card, either in select merchants, or you can order one online before your trip. Use it each time you make a purchase, and the VAT will be refunded following your trip.

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For shopping, try Grafton Street, home to some of Ireland's most elegant shops. Be sure to visit Clery's department store on O'Connell Street. The Dublin institution was destroyed in the Easter Rising of 1916 and eventually rebuilt.

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The traffic in central Dublin is quite heavy. It's far easier to walk, and most of the major tourist sites are within easy walking distance in the city center.

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Take the Dublinia Tour to see a lot of the city's history.

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Check out Hedican's Pub, just north of the city center.

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Head to Toners, a moderately-priced bar known as one of the city's literary pubs.

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You might not expect to find an amazing collection of Asian art in Dublin, but it's there. Go to the Chester Beatty Library to see Beatty's collection, which he gathered on travels around the world.

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Don't miss seeing the Trinity College Library, a book lover's paradise and home to the Book of Kells.

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If the city gets too hectic for you, spend some time in the National Botanic Gardens.

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For one of the best views of the Liffey, take a stroll across the iconic Ha'Penny Bridge.

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If you are a fan of Yeats, don't miss the Yeats Collection at the National Gallery.

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Visit the Old Jameson Distillery, a very modern museum celebrating the old art of whiskey-making.

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Check out the George's Street Arcade for a great shopping experience.

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If you fall in love with Irish music while you're here, head to the Celtic Note, one of the city's best locations for Irish music with a large collection of international music as well.

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Booklovers should not miss the Gutter Bookshop, a great independent bookseller. It also has a knowledgeable staff.

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Avoca is a great place for souvenirs, but there is also a cafe in the shop for a delicious lunch or snack.

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Check out The Stag's Head for traditional Irish music.

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