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Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

1. Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

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.

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Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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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

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Discover Dublin By Boat

4. Discover Dublin By Boat

Climb aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a 45-minute cruise along the River Liffey in Dublin and see the city from the water. Get insight into the history of Dublin City and the River Liffey in particular, from the arrival of the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, through the swift development of Dublin during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin Docklands. Hear about the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and Gandon's masterpiece Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals, and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Discover how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800, and how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.

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Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

5. Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

After pickup from your hotel, embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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Dublin: Silent Disco Walking Tour

6. Dublin: Silent Disco Walking Tour

Your tour kicks off at the meeting point in the city center of Dublin. After being kitted out in high-tech headsets, you will be ready to go. Your tour will begin with a quick introduction, as you are taken through downtown Dublin from Grafton Street to Temple Bar, Dublin Castle and then back again to the meeting point. Throughout your tour you will be listening to a great collection of fantastic tunes from the 80s, 90s. and today. The tour is fully guided, and throughout your experience you will be accompanied by an energetic host who will provide you with all the dance moves you need to strut your funky stuff. All the tours start and end in the friendly "host bar", where you can get either liquid courage or post-tour celebrations depending on your desires. If you’re looking for something amazingly fun and just that little bit unusual, you’ve come to the right place!

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Dublin Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour in Italian

7. Dublin Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour in Italian

Learn the history of Dublin and its historic monuments with an Italian-speaking guide. Explore the early days when St. Patrick arrived to evangelize to the pagans, up to life in the city in the present day. Start at Trinity College and learn the legend of Molly Malone before walking to Dublin Castle, where the British controlled Ireland up to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. Marvel at the impressive facades of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral before going to the popular entertainment district of Temple Bar. Cross the Liffey Bridge – known locally as the Ha'penny Bridge – to discover some of the most significant spots from the history of Ireland on the north side of the river, including the General Post Office, one of the last Georgian buildings built in the capital. Get insider tips, such as where to eat a tasty Irish stew, listen to live music or find the best pubs along the way. End at the Spire of Dublin monument on O'Connell Street.

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Dublin: Guided Irish Music Tour

8. Dublin: Guided Irish Music Tour

A professional local guide and musician will accompany you on a fun and educational tour through this hip yet historic district. You will visit famous classic pubs and bars, as you become a witness to the local drinking culture. You will begin with a visit to Temple Bar, which is Dublin's cultural quarter and number-1 must-see. Whilst here you will learn who Sir William Temple was, as well as what the vikings did in this particular bar and the world-famous events that happened there. Whilst there, you will also learn about which Guinness World Record was made in that very location. Throughout your tour you will experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drinking and Irish-music scene. You will not just hear the stories, but will feel the atmosphere and rich musical culture that this city is famous for.

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Dublin: On Location Professional Photo Shoot

9. Dublin: On Location Professional Photo Shoot

Experience Dublin like never before with a professional photo shoot in Ireland's most vibrant city. A personal photographer will create stunning images of you against the backdrop of Dublin’s landmark monuments and neighborhoods, as you discover the local charms. The unobtrusive, documentary style shoot is perfect for capturing special occasions, or simply as a record of the everyday moments of your vacation. Shoots are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods, including the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, or while feeding the ducks in St. Stephen’s Green. Feel free to choose your own location(s) to suit your style and personality. Grab a Guinness and discover this arty city from a new perspective.

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Nearly All of Dublin in 5 Hours

10. Nearly All of Dublin in 5 Hours

If you only have one day to see as much of Dublin as possible, then this five-hour walking tour is the perfect option. History, culture, architecture, Irish society, Irish language, literature, and jokes are shared during your walk around the city. Five hours will fly by quickly as you see all the city's most important sights. There is also the option to add a guided tour of the Old Library of Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed. (Note that if this option is selection, the National Museum of History and Archaeology will be substituted out.) Trinity’s Long Room library, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, houses 200,000 of Ireland’s most ancient texts. Admire the "Proclamition of the Irish Republic," one of the most important texts in Irish history. The Long Room also features the Brian Boru Harp, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp and the model for the insignia of Ireland.  On Mondays, the National Museum of History and Archaeology is closed. Please note that there is an entrance fee for those who opt for the Book of Kells (adults and children). Please note, as part of ongoing conservation and preservation plans for the Old Library, the Book of Kells will be removed from public display from November 2019 to early March 2020. However, a full color replica of the Book of Kells will be available to view in the Trinity’s Long Room library.

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What people are saying about Temple Bar

We used this whilst in Dublin, it was easy to book in my get your guide app, the pick up point was easy to find and the tour was good . The bus driver/tour guide was excellent describing the area in an interesting way and with some humour too.

Being able to hop on and hop off rather than stay on the bus the whole time. We bought a 2 day pass so could go back to places we didn’t have time for the day before. Friendly welcoming bus drivers.

IT WAS AN EXCELLENT TRIP WITH FULL ENJOYMENT. AND THE DRIVER (ANNA) SHE EXPLAINED EVERYTHING IN A GOOD WAY WITH FULL JOYFUL MIND..... THANK YOU TEAM BIG BUS FOR MAKING OUR TRIP MORE PERFECT

Great way to see the history of Dublin. I have used this service in other cities and will most definitely use in the future. Our guide was both funny and knowledgeable.

Excellent, knowledgeable driver wuth sense of humour.