Dublin was founded in approximately 988 AD by Vikings seeking to expand their sources of farmland and riches. The city boasts some wonderful architecture and its age is palpable in the facades of buildings and the meandering side-streets. The city has a young population,key among them a thriving student scene. The nightlife is famous and the atmosphere is one of warmth and welcome.
The weather in Ireland is as you might expect from a country famous for its greenery; rain is a common occurrence, though the sun does make appearances. Temperatures typically range between -4- and 25°C, while harsh weather such as snow and thunder storms are comparatively rare. Dublin makes for a wonderful destination throughout the year. It is generally at its busiest during the St. Patricks Day festival in March. There are an abundance of museums and attractions to visit; the national museums and library are free, while the Pheonix Park is the home of both Dublin Zoo and Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the president. For a less well known spot, try St. Michans Church, just north of the City Centre, which boast its own mummies.
Dublin has a well-integrated public transport system with regular services on City Centre routes; the city is relatively small, and many destinations are within walking distance. Work is ongoing to improve the city for cyclists and a bike rental scheme is provided by the City Council. Like most capital cities, it can be expensive, though affordable places to eat and stay can be found relatively easily. The currency is Euro, so Sterling users in the UK can see their money go further here.
Dublin Airport is located in Swords, and serviced by the Aircoach and Dublin Bus services. Aircoach runs every 15 minutes for EUR 9 single or EUR 15 return to the City Centre, with a journey time of approximately half an hour. Dublin Bus route 747 takes you via the Dublin Port tunnel and is both faster and cheaper, at around EUR 6 for a single ticket, though not as comfortable. Once in town, it is advisable to buy a LEAP card and top it up around EUR 10. These are available in most newsagents and are valid on LUAS, DART and Dublin Bus services. The card is cheaper per journey than paying cash fares.