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DoDublin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. DoDublin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park, and gain discounted entry to the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museums and the Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Newmarket Square. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Busáras - Custom House  • Custom House Quay - EPIC & Jeanie Johnston • Westland Row  • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Nassau Street - National Library, National Museum & Trinity College • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle  • Christ Church Cathedral • St. Patrick's Cathedral • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - St. Michan's Church • Smithfield - Jameson Distillery Bow Street • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

2. Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun! You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, simply rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a sightseeing bus. See all of the sights of the city with unlimited hop-on hop-off for either 24 or 48 hours. Learn about the history and heritage of Dublin from on-board audio commentary. During the summer months, the tour will be conducted by a live English-speaking guide on every other bus. You’ll get a chance to hop off at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse to discover the origins of one of the world’s most famous beverages. For a touch of sophistication, head over to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where you’ll experience a staggering collection of artwork. You can remain on the bus for a full loop, enjoying the 360 degree views from the open-top deck of sights such as Phoenix Park and the River Liffey.  Dublin City Route stops: • Irish Whiskey Museum • Dublin Castle • Christchurch Cathedral • St Patrick’s Cathedral • The Dublin Liberties Distillery • Guinness Storehouse • Pearse Lyons Distillery • Irish Museum of Modern Art • Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Station • Phoenix Park • Parkgate Street • Collins Barracks • Smithfield Square • Temple Bar • The Writers’ Museum • O’Connell Street • The GPO • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum • The Convention Centre Dublin • U2 Studios • Ballsbridge  • RDS Main Hall  • Simmonscourt  • Morehampton Road  • Leeson Street Upper • Merrion Square • Merrion Street • St Stephen’s Green • Dawson Street

Dublin: Dublin Rogues Walking Tour

4. Dublin: Dublin Rogues Walking Tour

Your tour will meet at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Statue, which is located at the north west end of Merrion Square Park. From there your tour kicks off with an in-depth story on the life and times of Oscar Wilde and his family, taking in the success and tragedy of the colorful life of this Anglo-Irish family. After approximately 15 minutes, you will move on to other statutes situated on the north end of Merrion Square Park, including Barnardo O'Higgins, Henry Grattan, George Russell, and Michael Collins. You'll spend about 25 minutes in total on these characters, before moving on once more to the northeast end of Merrion Square to the Holles Street Hospital. This is Ireland's national maternity hospital, where you will hear of two famous personalities associated with the building: Brendan Behan and Mamie Cadden. On the south end of the square lived the liberator Daniel O'Connell, one of the great heroes of Irish history. Finally, your guides will speak on Darkey Kelly, Buck Whaley, and WB Yeats, before finishing off with Merrion Square and its park. Following your experience, you are welcome to join your guide for a traditional pint of Guinness at one of Dublin's iconic traditional pubs.

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What people are saying about Merrion Square

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 292 reviews

The bus driver was funny and informative! I will recommend this guided to friends and family visiting Dublin. Thanks for making the Other Murphys experience great!

This tour was absolutely fantastic. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the sites were wonderful. Thank you so much for a great time in Dublin!

A fantastic tour and would highly recommend this. Dave was excellent guide with so much knowledge and all so interesting. Book it.

Very good tour with much information about Dublin. The driver even stopped for us to get off on a non-scheduled stop.

Highly recommend to anyone who is travelling to Dublin