London Stansted to Dublin International Airport
Dublin is now one of Europe’s top city break destinations with many visitors flocking to the city every to enjoy ‘the craic’.
The Dublin Pass entitles holders to free admission to many of the city’s attractions including the National Museum and the Guinnes Storehouse, as well as free travel from the airport to the city centre with Aircoach, and free travel on Dublin’s buses. The pass can be purchased from tourist offices in the city for either 1,2,3 or 6-day periods.
The Dublin City Tour operates every 10 minutes after 9.30am and costs 12.5 euros (£1 is approximately equal to 1.45 euros). This hop-on/hop-off open-top bus tour with 19 stops throughout Dublin gives you all day to see the city.
Flights between London Stansted and Dublin International Airport are provided by the Irish-based carrier Ryanair. The airport is 10km (6 miles) from the city centre. Aircoach operate a regular bus service from the airport to Dublin city centre stopping at various hotels. Tickets cost 7 euros for a single, 12 euros return, children under 12 travel free. For more information telephone (01) 8447118 from Ireland, (0870) 2257555 from the UK. Additional bus services from the airport are provided by Dublin Bus and Airlink. Taxis are available from outside the airport, journeys to the city centre cost around 25 euros and take about 20 minutes.
Places of interest in Dublin include:
- Guinness Storehouse. The world-famous Irish stout is celebrated at this tourist attraction next door to the Guinness brewery. Discover the various ingredients and processes that go in to making that perfect pint as you wander through the exhibition and, of course, at the end of the tour there is the chance to sample the finished product. A must for all visitors to Dublin.
- The Writer’s Museum. Dublin has an extremely rich literary heritage with writers such as Yeats, Swift, Joyce and Wilde. This museum traces that heritage through the letters, books and other personal effects of these authors. A commentary as you travel through the museum provides some useful background information.
- James Joyce Museum. Literary enthusiasts will also enjoy a 12km (7 mile) trip south to James Joyce Tower, the setting for the first chapter of Ulysses. This Martello Tower was built to protect the country from an attack by Napolean. Inside is a museum dedicated to arguably Ireland’s greatest writer.
- National Museum. Some of Ireland’s most valuable artefacts are on display in the National Museum including the sumptuos Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. There is also an extensive collection of items from Ancient Egypt. The museum is divided into three separate sections - Decorative Arts, Archaeology and History, and Natural History - in three city centre locations.
- Christ Church Cathedral. This Protestant cathedral lays claim to being Ireland’s oldest building. Its history dates back to 1038 when Viking settlers built the first cathedral on this site. The present construction was started in 1172 by Archbishop O’Toole and the knight Richard de Clare. The cathedral has undergone many restorations in its history, the last being in 1871, and the present interior is mainly Victorian.
A more detailed guide regarding Airports in Ireland can be found at Irish Airport Guide.