Being of Irish descent I’d always been fascinated by the emerald isle, from Guinness to Gaelic it’d always seemed so closes yet so innately foreign, and so with much jubilation I bordered my Aer Lingus flight bound for Dublin. The flight itself was a short one, circa one hour including takeoff and landing, similar to a regional flight to Edinburgh or a short European flight to somewhere like Amsterdam, Dublin is a convenient destination for those not overly imbued with a love for long-haul flights!
Dublin itself is fairly accessible from the airport with Taxis costing circa 20€ and the ride into the city being included in the Dublin pass (via Air coach). Speaking of the aforementioned Dublin pass, I would highly recommend purchasing it, as it gets you into most attractions and gives you a queue jump for many others as well, which allows for greater expediency in a weekend get-away.
Dublin itself is a fairly easy city to navigate, I myself stayed fairly centrally in the south side of the city, a short walk from Temple Bar and O’Connell street, nevertheless Uber’s and buses are aplenty in the city and make navigating it a joy. Speaking of Temple Bar, as an area for the tourist it is fantastic, with plenty of options for dining and drink I personally enjoyed: Bunsen, Ha’penny Bridge Inn and Pitt Bro’s, as well as the eponymous Temple Bar.
Dublin of course is a deeply Historic City and I would recommend taking in a tour of the city, with the Hop-on hop-of bus being an exceptionally easy way to do this (and it is also included in the Dublin Pass). Speaking of tours the tour of the Guinness storehouse is exceptional (and comes with a free pint), showcasing the history of the Business and providing panoramic views of the city, truly not one to miss. I also took in tours of the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park, which if you are a sports enthusiast you will enjoy immensely as I did.
Dublin is a fantastic city to experience for any traveller, it is a city where the locals are famously friendly and it lives up to its rambunctious reputation. Dublin as a city is easy to traverse and the nightlife is exceptional, it is a city is somewhere that anyone should experience, student or otherwise.