LOL! I just noticed this thread, sorry - brain is still in Thailand, ha ha
Louise - I have no idea what you mean? Mwah, mentioning my trip to Thailand in every forum post before I went?
Sian - thanks for the link
Ashley, Dublin is expensive, but by the time you get here in September, hopefully it'll be better as the recession has hit bad here
I have noticed it getting cheaper though, in terms of there are more deals if you look for them
but I still find the UK cheaper when I go there - even London, and I never thought I'd found London 'cheap' but compared to Dublin, yeah it is! Like I say, hopefully changing now in the current climate.
I think you are probably the same person who sent me a PM while I was away from what you've said here, and I replied on that now, so hopefully that's been useful? In terms of other stuff you've asked about below:
Flights from Dublin: You probably saw in my Ryanair forum comments, that that is the main budget airline from here to most main UK airports. I travel with them all the time, as they're usually cheapest, but if you check the skyscanner
website, you can check for all airlines and the dates you want to go.
Aer Lingus is the second cheapest airline, but depending on the price difference, they do usually fly into more convenient airports.
It depends what you want to do in the UK. I saw Sian mentioned flying into Manchester for hiking etc, which is a great idea, but you might find it cheaper to fly to Liverpool and take the citylink bus (it's not far), depending on the flight deals. Also, Blackpool is a small airport link to Dublin, and you can get a cheap train ticket from there to Manchester too. It actually might be easier to get to the Peak District or Lake District from Blackpool or Liverpool? Perhaps someone else can chip in on that to help?
You have loads of time to get a good flight deal though, so just look up the prices now, compare them to this time next week...then the 'gambling' starts - sometimes it gets cheaper, others more expensive
For the dates you say though, there are no bank holidays in either country that time, so that's good!
And of course I'll meet up with you in Dublin if you want to when you get here
I am more than happy to play tourist too