I'm not a big fan of cheesy touristy things like medieval banquets, but the show at the Bunratty Castle is simply spectacular. After being serenaded by madrigal singers dressed in medieval garb, you're escorted up one of the castle's tiny circular staircases to the grand dining hall where you eat roasted chicken, potatoes, parsnips and more - with nothing but a knife and your fingers! If the choir's rendition of Danny Boy doesn't turn you into a blubbering idiot, you have no soul.
What's not to love about Dublin? Well, okay, the traffic for one. So if you plan a visit there, don't even think about renting a car. It's a pretty walkable city. Be sure to visit Grafton Street (pictured at left) for shopping, Trinity College/Book of Kells, and the Guinness Storehouse, where you can have a free pint at the Gravity Bar and get a 360 degree view of the city. Stay at the Conrad Dublin which is centrally located, adjacent to St. Stephen's Green.
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