Whether you’re pushed for time or just want an easy way to cruise around the sights, Hop-on Hop-Off bus tours have become a popular way to explore Dublin, with local guides providing plenty of entertaining facts and background history along the way. Open-top double decker buses are the vehicle of choice, with the high vantage point offering some great views of the capital.
The bus route takes around 1.5 hours, covering all the major sights including the landmark Christ Church and St.Patrick’s Cathedral, the Ha’penny Bridge and the Government Buildings. With tickets allowing you to get on and off wherever you please, you can pay a visit to the famous Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells and get your culture fix at the National Museum of Archaeology & History, the National Art Gallery or the Museum of Modern Art, all on route. Literary aficionados can discover the city’s famous writers at the Dublin Writers Museum and take a stroll around the adjourning Garden of Remembrance. A little further out of town is the fascinating Kilmainham Gaol, a former jail, or if you’re looking for something a bit more light-hearted, hop off at the Dublin Wax Museum or Dublin zoo. Don’t forget to pay a trip to the famous Guinness Storehouse, where you can learn all about the iconic beverage, as well as sampling the brew. Not a beer drinker? Head to the Old Jameson Distillery instead, for an insight into Irish whiskey.
Daily buses run every 10 minutes, with tickets typically offering unlimited usage for 24 hours, but look out for special offers, like discounted entrance fees to popular sights or free child passes.