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Things To Do In Dublin Near Grand Canal Hotel

16th May 2024
Explore Dublin with travel expert John's definitive list of things to do near the Grand Canal Hotel. The Grand Canal Area At A Glance 😋 You are spoiled for dining and drinking options in the area. 🏟️ Within a 10 minute walk you'll find one of Ireland's largest theatres and biggest sports stadia. There's also an historic battlefield, beautiful Georgian architecture, a scenic canal and a windswept beach. 🚉 Take a day trip from Grand Canal Dock train station, only 5 minutes walk away.
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Female tour guest raises her eyebrows and widens her eyes at the camera while sipping from an Irish coffee

Tipping In Ireland: How Much?

13th May 2024
When should you tip in Ireland? How much? And who should you definitely NOT tip? Find the answers! TIPPING IN IRELAND AT A GLANCE 😋 Tipping in Irish Restaurants and Pubs 💳 Can I Use A Credit Card To Tip? 🚖 When Should I Tip Irish Taxi Drivers? What About Hotel Staff? 😎 Do I Tip My Tour Guide & Activity Suppliers On Tour?
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A vibrantly blue bike leans against the railing of an ivy-coloured Georgian front door as a female walks by

Non-Touristy Things To Do In Dublin

9th May 2024
You've heard of Temple Bar and the Guinness Storehouse. Now local expert Derry helps you explore Dublin like a local, with these distinctly non-touristy things to do. Non-Touristy Dublin At A Glance 🌼 A Street Market With Added Local Flavour 🚲 A Georgian Dublin Bike Tour  ⛲ Blissful Parks & Europe's Oldest Mall 🛤️ Villages & Coastline By Train 📜 Free-To-Enter Dublin Musems
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A panoramic view of Slea head on a sunny day in September

Ireland in September 2024 & 2025? Why You Should Look at Going

2nd May 2024
Ireland in September can be quite delightful. With settled weather and bright evenings — not forgetting those all-important flight and hotel deals! — early autumn is an ideal time to plan a small-group tour to Ireland. September At A Glance... 🌤️ Settled Weather Patterns 🧳 Simple Packing List 😋 Lots of Delicious Things To Eat 💃 Fun Events & Festivals 💚 Epic Tours of Ireland
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Tour Group visit the Titanic Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland

What Does Guaranteed Departures Mean?

2nd May 2024
Founder Rob explains why we guarantee the departure of all scheduled tours with 2 or more confirmed guests.
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John's 9 Unbreakable Irish Food Rules

2nd May 2024
Our Irish food expert and reformed VagaGuide, John, navigates your path through the rules of eating in Ireland. Irish Food Rules At A Glance 🍳 Eat Dinner For Breakfast 🍞 Make Sure You Munch All 1,387 Irish Bread Varieties 🧈 Speaking of Bread, Spread Your Butter Thick 🍲 Try A Different Chowder In Every Village 🥔 All Hale The Potato! 💪 Treat Stout Like A Health Drink ☕ Brew Your Tea Strong 🍟 Chips = Crisps. Fries = Chips 🍗 Any Day Can Be Sunday Roast Day!
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