No welcome could possibly be more Irish than the sight of grey skies followed by the downpour of rain. This is what greeted us when we stepped off the plane. It was as if we’d never left England.
Transport from the airport to the city is a simple choice. You can go with the standard Taxi fare which, depending on traffic and location of your hotel, will vary between 20 – 40 €. Or there’s two coach services that stop outside the Airport, the Aircoach and the Airlink Express. The former costs 10€ for a single or 16€ for a return. In the end, there’s not much difference to the cost either way, and if the coach stops directly outside your hotel, you get the benefit of free WiFi on top.
We didn’t arrive until late afternoon so there wasn’t much chance to explore. If your flight lands earlier, take the opportunity to visit some of the free attractions in Dublin (save your money for bigger things). There are four National Museums in the city centre: Archaeology, Natural History, Decorative Arts & History, and Country Life.
You could also explore the grounds of Dublin Castle for no cost, as well as the Chester Beatty Library and the Revenue Museum. The State Rooms are available for guided tours only, for which you can purchase tickets in the Upper Yard.
Little did we know that our hotel was situated in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 which is the wealthiest district, or we would have stayed in town for dinner. Our choice of restaurant was Bianconi’s Bistro, on Merrion Road, which was reasonably priced at 13 – 19 € per dish, but there are much cheaper eats available in the centre.
After dinner we wandered down to the beach – Merrion Strand. The water is not safe for bathing but the scenery does provide a nice opportunity for photographs. Unfortunately, the cloudy sky meant the sunset was not visible that night. Better luck next time.