The vibrant city of Dublin is known for its friendly locals, great pubs and bars and beautiful scenery. Visitors come for great shopping and nightlife near O'Connell Street and for the universities, churches and historic attractions south of the River Liffey.
The city is an excellent choice at any time of year and has a pleasant mild to wet climate. Visit in March to join in St. Patrick's Day celebrations on the 17th, or plan a holiday in September for the Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival.
British visitors won't need to alter watches on arrival - Dublin time is the same as the UK's. Head to the main tourist office in St. Andrew's Church; it's a good first source of basic local information. In general, Dublin is considered expensive, though it is still cheaper than London with a meal in a basic restaurant costing approximately €10. Entrance to museums such as the National Museum of Ireland, the Natural History Museum and the Dublin Writer's Museum is free.
Dublin Airport is approximately 4.5 miles from the city centre, and the Aircoach express bus service departs for the city centre every 15 minutes. A single ticket is likely to cost about €9 while a return trip is around €15. The bus takes 30 minutes to reach the centre of Dublin, and it also covers the Cork and Belfast routes. The Airlink 747 bus from the airport to Dublin Connolly Railway Station and Heuston Railway Station is slightly cheaper and faster. Expect to pay around €6 one way or €10 return. Local buses including the 16, 41 and 102 are also available.
There is a wide selection of accommodation to choose from, and a bed in a shared room is about €12 per night. It's around €45 per person for a Bed & Breakfast or €80 per person per night for a 3 star hotel.
The city has an extensive public transport system, and a single bus or tram ticket is about €2.20 or €1.50 for 1 to 3 stops. Tourists can buy a rechargeable Leap card to use on Dublin buses and local trains, and an outlay of €10 means a saving of 10-18 % on fares. It's slightly more expensive to take a taxi than in London, and passengers will pay between €6 and €10 for short city centre trips.