Dublin Booking Office
Dublin Bus Head Office,
59 Upper O’Connell Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland
Bus & Travel Information Desk
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5:30pm
Sat & Sun: 9:30pm - 2pm
Mon-Sat: 8am - 9.30pm
Sun: 9am - 5.30pm
The City tour starts here from Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O'Connell Street. Across the road is the spire designed by British architect Ian Richie. It's Dublin’s tallest landmark and stands 120 metres (390 feet) tall. O'Connell Street is the main street in Dublin city and was the scene of much of the fighting in the 1916 Easter Rising.
The Dublin City Gallery (Formerly known as the Hugh Lane Gallery) is a public gallery with free admission for all. The gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday 9:45am– 6pm, Friday 9:45am–5pm, Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11am–5pm.
The Dublin writer’s museum first opened its doors in 1991 and displays some of Dublin’s finest literary works. The museum is open Mon-Fri: 9.45a.m.-4.45p.m. and Sunday 11a.m.-4.30p.m. Two attractions that are very worthwhile visiting.
Here you can see the statue of Daniel O’Connell, who gained Catholic Emancipation for Ireland in 1829 and managed to overthrow the penal laws which denied many rights for Catholics in Ireland. The statue is made of bronze figures with a granite plinth. It stands 40 feet tall and has four angels at it's base which were crafted to represent a virtue most readily associated with Daniel O'Connell, namely patriotism, courage, eloquence and fidelity. It is said that each one also represents the provinces of Ireland, Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connaught.
Dublin’s central bus station and headquarters of Bus Éireann who offer many regional and intercity routes. There are also connections with the LUAS Red Line and the Airlink Express. Designed between 1945 and 1953 by Michael Scott it is regarded as a fine example of the International Modern style. The building won the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Triennial Gold medal in 1955 (the hightest award for Irish Architecture).
The Custom House was originally opened in 1791 with the purpose of collecting customs duties from those who entered Dublin Port. It now houses The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Designed by famous british architect James Gandon (who also designed the Four Courts), the building certainly has a colourful past playing a part in the Irish War of Independence. While there, Explore Ireland’s past with the Famine Memorial and one of Dublin's best new attractions, Epic – The Irish immigration Museum. - Highly recommended!
See Dublin’s ultra-modern side with the Convention Centre designed by world renowned Irish-American Architect Kevin Roche, and Samuel Beckett Bridge by world famous bridge designer Santiago Calatrava (one of two bridges by Calatrava on Dublin's Liffey) - all a stone’s throw away from each other These beautiful examples of 21st century architecture were opened in 2010 and 2009 respectively and offer some great picturesque views.
Take a stroll around Hanover Quay and see the modern masterpiece Bord Gáis Energy Theatre by world famous German architect Daniel Libeskind (designer of the new Freedom tower on the grounds of the World Trade Center in New York city) with stunning landscaping by another world famous designer Martha Schwartz. Why not go see a show while you’re there?
Visit the Irish Waterways Visitor centre and try out some canoeing or Kayaking, or pop into the famous Pearse Street Library. Pearse Street previously called New Brunswick street is named after famous revolutionary and leader of the Easter rising in 1916 Patrick Pearse (and his brother Willie Pearse) who was born and grew up on the street at number 27 which can still be seen today.
One of Dublin’s most well-known streets Westland Row dates back to the late 18th century and also home to Pearse Train Station. While there consider taking a trip on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) as well which offers some wonderful views as it travels along Dublin’s North and South coasts. The train goes as far North as Malahide or Howth in co. Dublin and also travels as far south as Bray or Greystones in co. Wicklow. Westland Row is also home to the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.
One of the must see attractions when visiting Dublin is the world renowned National Gallery of Ireland. The National Gallery opened its doors in 1854 and 163 years on it continues to inspire and delight visitors to the capital.
Located on Merrion Square West, the Gallery is an art lovers dream with over 2,500 painting and approximately 10,000 other works including some awe inspiring water colours and sculptures. The collection includes works from famous Irish artists such as Daniel Maclise, Roderic O’Connor, John Lavery and Jack B. Yeats. The Gallery has a distinctly international feel with works from renowned International artists like Monet, J.M.W. Turner and Pablo Picasso. This collection, which spans the history of western European art, also includes Caravaggio’s breathtaking ‘The taking of Christ’. It truly has a collection to rival any gallery in the world.
It is also a great place for all the family with a dedicated children’s audio guide, free workshops for Children and holiday course children and young teens! Visitors can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the beautiful Wintergarden Café.
And you know what the best bit is? It’s all free! Yes that’s right, you can check out all the tours, workshops, lectures and concerts for free!
You can check out the Gallery’s ‘What’s On’ calendar for information on upcoming events or follow the National Gallery of Ireland through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Here you can visit the National Gallery which is home to some of the world’s finest art. Open 9.15a.m.-5.30p.m. Monday to Saturday (open late Thursday until 8.30) and also open 11.00am to 5.30pm on Sundays. Visit their website and plan your visit today.
Leinster House the location of the Dáil (Irish House of Parliament) is well worth a visit. It was opened in 1748 as the ducal place of the Duke of Leinster but since 1922 it has served as parliament for the Irish Free State. Directly beside Leinster House you will find a real hidden treasure; The Natural History Museum (known by Dubliner's as the Dead Zoo). Admission to the Natural History Museum is free. Plan your visit here.
St Stephens Green is a city centre public park that dates back to 1664. Originally it was designed for the local residents that resided in the nearby Georgian townhouses but was opened to the public in 1880. The park was one of the key locations taken over by the rebels during the 1916 Easter Rising. You can also visit The Little Museum of Dublin, one of the best loved attractions in the city. Entry to the Little Museum is free with your DoDublin hop on hop off tour ticket (normal price is €8) It is situated at the northern end of St Stephens Green Park and close to the Luas Green Line just around the corner.
Take a visit to the National Library and Museum, or the wonderful Archeology Museum, both of which are open freely to the public. Opening times; Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 2pm-5pm Closed Mondays, Christmas Day & Good Friday. - Highly recommended!
Also from this stop visit one of Dublin’s most iconic shopping districts, Grafton Street, a short walk away. Take a walk down this glamorous street and don’t be surprised to see large crowds gather to watch buskers such as poets, musicians and mimes! Take a walk also to nearby Suffolk Street to see the famous statue of Molly Malone, moved from Grafton Street in 2014.
Visit Sweny bookshop and pharmacy, made famous by James Joyce in Ulysses or see the birthplace of famous Irish writer Oscar Wilde who was born on the street on October 16th 1854. An author, playwright and poet Wilde was an extremely popular writer during Victorian times. Here you’ll see where he grew up as a child and a plaque in his memory. The east end of Trinity College Dublin runs along this street and you can link with Pearse Street Dart Station, or the Airlink Express 757 route from the city to Dublin Airport.
Get off opposite the Trinity Hotel and take a walk down Pearse Street to the Science Gallery. Opened in 2008 in Trinity College Dublin the Science Gallery holds various lectures and exhibitions for all ages. Admission to the gallery is free. Open Monday 8.00am-5.00pm, Tuesday-Friday 12.00pm-8.00pm and Saturday/Sunday 12.00pm-6.00pm.
Get off opposite the old Irish parliament buildings. Grattan Parliament housed Irish Members of Parliament up until 1800 when the Act of Union was passed and formally made Ireland and member of the United Kingdom which meant Irish politicians had to sit in parliament in London. Across from parliament you’ll see the main entrance to Trinity College Dublin. Visit the stunning Long Hall Library in the college where you’ll see the Book of Kells, a manuscript written by Irish monks in 800AD based on the four gospels of the new testament of the Bible. To book tickets and for further information visit their website.
Stop 17 at Dame Street is only a short walk away from the famous Temple Bar. Get a taste of Dublin’s vibrant nightlife in this culturally enriched part of the city. With a great range of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and shops on offer why not drop down for a pint or bite to eat for what promises to be a day/evening full of craic.
Experience the Irish Rock N Roll Museum in Curved Street with a tour of a renowned venue and one of Ireland’s best loved rehearsal and recording complexes. Learn about the unheard stories of the musicians who pass through the halls. Start your own band and experience the feeling of being a real rockstar and discover exclusive memorabilia from the likes of U2, Thin Lizzy and many more.
Visit Dublin Castle and the fantastic Chester Beatty Library a hidden gem of Dublin situated within the grounds of Dublin Castle. With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. For opening hours and what's on visit here
Cork Hill is the stop for one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks Dublin Castle. The castle has a very colourful history and its past functions vary from originally being built by King John of England in 1230 with the purpose of defending Dublin from invaders, the fortification was gradually modified over the centuries and eventually turned into a Georgian styled Palace. Nowadays it serves as a tourist attraction and for state functions, most notably the inauguration of the President of Ireland. Find out more here
Christ Church Cathedral is a gothic/Romanesque style cathedral that was built in 1030 and was founded by the Hiberno – Norse King of Dublin. The cathedral is the official seat of the both Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland’s Archbishop of Dublin although the denomination of the church is officially Church of Ireland. The cathedral is located at Wood Quay the site of Viking Dublin and Dublinia, a Viking museum, is located in Synod Hall which is a part of Christ Church. For a fun day out have a look at their website
Completed in 1191 St. Patrick’s Cathedral is both Ireland’s tallest and largest church. First opened as a Catholic church after the English reformation the cathedral converted to Church of Ireland around 1537. The cathedral is now the national cathedral for the church of Ireland with many notable deans buried in the floor and grounds such as Dublin born writer of Gulliver’s Travels Johnathan Swift.
Taste some of Ireland’s finest whiskey at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. It is the only operational distillery left in Dublin and the first of its kind to open its doors in over 125 years. For a day full of fun, facts and of course whiskey visit their website and plan your visit.
The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction. St. James’s Gate Brewery was founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759. By 1886 it was the largest brewery in the world. With a 9,000 year lease, there’s plenty of time to have a pint of the black stuff at the Guinness Storehouse. Visit the famous 7th floor gravity bar where you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff and a 360 degree view of Dublin City. If heights aren’t your thing not to worry as Guinness offers a range of other bars, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy. Buy a DoDublin 48 hour Hop on hop off tour + Guinness Storehouse fastrack entry combo deal and save €6 on your tour.
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Dublin's third most visited attraction in 2015 (2016 figures are not out yet!) The IMMA was formally opened in 1991 by then Taoiseach Charles J Haughey. IMMA is extremely popular among Dubliners who appreciate the fantastic quality of the exhibitions and events that are held at this venue. Visiting the gardens and seeing the stunning Georgian architecture will make the trip even more worthwhile. Visit the IMMA website here. Not to be missed!
Kilmainham Gaol was first opened in 1796 as the New Gaol. The Gaol is most famous for its history of the political prisoners it’s housed, such as the fourteen leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. The Gaol was where they spent their final hours before being executed in the "stonebreaker’s yard". The chapel is also the scene where Joseph Plunkett married his long-time girlfriend Grace Gifford before his execution on May 4th 1916. This attraction is extremely popular so it's best to go earlier in the day. Plan your visit here
The Irish National War Memorial Gardens at stop 25 are a real hidden treasure of Dublin. Designed by renowned Architect and war memorial designer Edwin Lutyens, they are considered one of the finest examples of his memorial work and commemorate the lives of 50,000 Irish soldiers who died during the First World War. The gardens are lavish and are very well cared for, and you’ll see the sunken Garden of Remembrance and the 7.5 ton Irish granite “Stone of Remembrance” an impressive monument which was designed to symbolise an altar. If you look over the river you’ll see the Phoenix Park obelisk. The gardens are really worth a visit especially on a sunny day or if you feel the need to get out of the city and enjoy a quiet moment. While there you can walk down to the river Liffey and enjoy a beautiful walk up towards Chapelizod looking at the many rowers who pass by.
Heuston Station was opened in 1846 as Kingsbridge Station. Its name was changed in 1966, like several other train stations to Heuston Station to commemorate executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising Sean Heuston who'd previously worked in the stations offices. Trains from here are operated by Iarnrod Éireann and serve both commuter and intercity routes such as Limerick, Cork and Galway. For more information on fares, tickets and routes click here
Phoenix Park was established in 1662 by Viceroy James Butler on behalf of King Charles II. The park is one of Europe’s larges at 707 hectares or 1752 acres. The park is also home to the residence of the president of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin which was completed in 1751 and has been the home of every Irish President since the first, Douglas Hyde in 1938. While in The Phoenix Park take a visit to Dublin Zoo one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and what has been Ireland’s largest zoo since it was opened in 1831. Plan your visit here
Take a walk up the quays and enjoy a peaceful stroll along the banks of the River Liffey. A great way to relax and enjoy the views of what Dublin has to offer on the banks of the river with some great photo opportunities along the away. Also see the wonderful piece of art that is the Anna Liva monument which personifies the River Liffey. The sculpture was completed in 1988 and originally placed on O’Connell Street but was moved in 2001 to make room for the spire. In 2011 the sculpture Anna Liva moved to Croppies Memorial Park where it currently sits today.
Built in 1702 the barracks was initially called The Royal Barracks but its name changed after being given to the Free State after the War of Independence in 1922. The barracks was almost immediately renamed to Collins Barracks that year in memory of Michael Collins the commander in chief of the Free State army who was killed during the Civil War. The barracks’ military function ended in 1997 and today is home to The Decorative Arts and History section of the National Museum and also has dedicated military exhibitions. Admission to the museum is free. Plan your visit here
Visit traditional Irish pub O'Shea's Merchant for some "ceol agus craic", or go to visit historic St. Michan's Church. Stop 30 is also across from one of Dublin’s oldest Bridges, Father Matthew Bridge. The original bridge was built in 1014 but was rebuilt in 1816 on the original site. The bridge was renamed in 1938 after Father Theobald Matthew and Irish catholic priest and reformer of teetotalism that lived during the 19th century. Across from the Father Matthew Bridge you can pay a visit to Ireland’s oldest pub The Brazen Head established in 1198.
In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. Over 200 years later, the doors are still open to friends old and new. Come for a distillery tour, a premium whiskey tasting experience, learn how to blend your own take-home whiskey or master the craft of whiskey cocktail making here in the home of Jameson. Visit Jameson Whiskey to plan your visit today!
Also at stop 31, visit Smithfield Square where you can discover Cafés, Restaurants, Bars and Entertainment or drop in to watch a movie (and play some table-tennis) at the famous Lighthouse Cinema.
The Four Courts were opened in 1802 and today are home to the Supreme Court, The High Court and Dublin Circuit Criminal Courts. Designed by James Gandon (who also designed the Custom House) the Four Courts was the scene of fierce fighting in 1916 when it was taken over by Commandant Ned Daly. During the Civil War they were used as the headquarters of Anti-Treaty forces and this became the scene of fierce fighting between themselves and the Pro-Treaty National Army. The Four Courts is still in use today but only for civil matters, as the criminal courts have moved up to a new building The Criminal Courts of Justice, beside the Phoenix Park.
The Wax Museum Plus has recently re-located to Westmoreland Street, just across the river from Stop 33. Their fantastic new venue provides room for many more exhibits and loads of interesting things to see for all ages. Visit the new Children's Fantasy Wax World, go back in time in the Time Vaults, learn the Great Irish writers and see what they looked like in the flesh (well nearly), See Ireland's favourites like Father Ted and Conor McGregor and of course visit the dreaded Chamber of Horrors. They can cater for groups of any size, and have always been a favourite attraction for Dublin children. Visit the WaxMuseumPlus website for more information
Also visit Dublin's most famous landmark the Ha'penny bridge. Opened in 1816 the pedestrianised bridge is extremely popular with those visiting Dublin. The name of the bridge comes from the toll that had to be paid (1/2 a penny) for crossing the bridge when it was originally opened to pay for its construction. Take a trip on the Dublin Discovered Cruise from stop 33 also. This is the last stop on the tour. Note; the bus will continue back to O'Connell Street where you will be required to exit and join the next tour leaving from Stop 1.