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Dublin Tour Bus

Dublin Tour Bus

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The Bottom Line

A definite must if you are in Ireland's capital for the first time and want to take in Dublin's most important attractions at a leisurely pace. The whole tour would take just less the one and a half hours (depending on traffic), but around 20 stops along the (largely) circular route will have you hopping off the bus. And hopping on again after a closer look, you have 24 hours to do this. Many attractions also offer reductions with the bus ticket.

Pros

  • Gets you to (or at least near to) all the important points of attraction in Dublin City.
  • You are free to choose your agenda within the limits of the circular route.
  • Tickets valid 24 hours.

Cons

  • Open-topped doubledeckers are not really made for rainy days.
  • Buses do not go into Phoenix Park.

Description

  • Open-topped doubledecker buses take you on a circular route passing all important Dublin attractions.
  • Around 20 stops along the route allow the visitor to get off and take a closer look, sometimes at reduced entry fees.
  • Views and camera angles from the upper deck of the bus are good - but it can get wet!
  • Live commentary can be very entertaining and full of "local color".
  • Tickets only available in the Tourist Offices at 14 Upper O'Connell Street and Suffolk Street.

Guide Review - Dublin Tours - Dublin Tour Hop-on Hop-off

The buses follow this route from 9:30 am at frequent intervals (8 minutes in summer, 15 minutes in winter):

  • 14 Upper O'Connell Street
    - outside Dublin Tourism Centre, official starting point of the tour;
  • College Green
    - get off here for Trinity College and the Bank of Ireland;
  • Nassau Street
    - get off here (or at the next stop) for a view of the Kildare Street Club, the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland;
  • South Leinster Street;
  • Merrion Square
    - get off here for the National Gallery of Ireland and Leinster House, the Natural History Museum and the Government Buildings;
  • Pembroke Street;
  • St. Stephen's Green
    - get off here for the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and the park itself;
  • Suffolk Street
    - get off here for the Dublin Tourist Information Office;
  • Dame Street
    - get off here for Temple Bar;
  • Lord Edward Strert
    - get off here for Dublin Castle, Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral;
  • Nicholas Street;
  • Patrick Street
    - get off here for St. Patrick's Cathedral;
  • High Street;
  • St. James's Gate
    - get off here for the Guinness Storehouse;
  • Royal Hospital Kilmainham
    - get off here for the Museum of Modern Art
  • Kilmainham Goal
    - get off here for (obviously) Kilmainham Gaol;
  • Collins Barracks
    - get off here for the National Museum of Ireland (and for the Phoenix Park or Dublin Zoo - quite a walk back);
  • Arran Quay
    - get off here for the Four Courts, the Old Jameson Distillery and "The Chimney";
  • Bachelor's Walk
    - get off here for the Ha'penny Bridge and O'Connell Street;
  • Parnell Square North
    - get off here for the Writers Museum and the Garden of Remembrance.

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