March 20, 2019

Embracing the Spirit of Dublin

In Dublin, everyone’s your friend. The Irish have a reputation for their humour – and for good reason. If there’s a party: come join the fun. If you’re a tourist lost in the city: you won’t just get directions – they’ll probably take you there as well.

So on your trip to Dublin; just embrace the Irish spirit. Do some sightseeing. Visit museums. Make some new friends. It’s really easy to tour this city with our hop-on-hop-off bus tickets – and here are just a few of the sights you could see!

Disclaimer: you probably won’t hear any Dubliner actually say, “Top o’ the Mornin’ to you“

1. The Famous Guinness Storehouse

In Scotland, they have whisky. In Dublin, it’s all about Guinness. It’s not just Ireland’s drink of choice; the Guinness Factory has a fascinating history.

It was one of the first businesses (back in the 1800’s) to think, “hey, I wonder if a happy workforce would be a good idea?” They completely changed the way factory workers were treated, introducing housing, pensions and medical healthcare– and the employees were actually one of the highest paid (and healthiest) workers in Dublin!

Well, they do say Guinness is good for you…

2. Temple Bar: A Mini Dublin

Once you’ve seen the Brewery (and hopefully tried some Guinness), the next best place for your city tour is Temple Bar. With narrow streets and pubs galore, it’s one of the most famous areas in Dublin.

Sure, it’s now become a popular tourist attraction, but for good reason. It’s almost like a condensed version of Dublin, covering everything in just a few streets – and it’s right by the riverside.

At Temple Bar, you’ll get a taste of old Dublin with the cobbled-streets and classic Irish pubs, but you’ll also get to experience new Dublin.

This is a Dublin filled with culture, art, and a carnival atmosphere. In the ‘culture capital’ you’ll find quirky boutiques, modern art galleries, street artists, markets, theatres, and live music – it’s literally bursting with character.

This is also a great spot to buy some souvenirs. If you head over to Cow’s Lane, there’s a market with handcrafted goods and all sorts of trinkets you could take home.

3. The Legend of Molly Malone

Then, just around the corner from the Temple Bar district, you can also visit the Molly Malone Statue. It’s easy to find – and the hop-on-hop-off bus tour goes past it, so your guide will point it out.

Molly Malone is a bit of an Irish legend (in every sense of the word) and her song ‘Cockles & Mussels’ has effectively become Dublin’s National Anthem.

So, while no one is sure whether she’s an urban legend or a historical figure, no trip to Dublin is complete without visiting ‘The Tart with the Cart’ (as she’s more affectionately known by the Dubliners).

Her statue is great for a photo opportunity.

4. The History of Dublin

For the history lovers out there, Kilmainham Gaol is a must. It’s an ex-prison (now turned into a museum) where you can learn about the history of Irish Independence and what happened to the prisoners kept there.

There’s also the Trinity College, where they keep the Book of Kells (one of the oldest books in the world) – it’s definitely worth seeing the impressive illustrations!

Dublin is filled with so many amazing sights – and these are just a handful of them.

It’s a fairly compact city, so it’s easy to see everything on your tour – especially with our hop-on-hop-off bus tours.

We’ve carefully planned the routes to cover all the major highlights, and it’s one of the easiest ways to tour the city. If you fancy exploring outwith Dublin itself, you can also visit the Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle too.

So, what are you waiting for? Dublin is ready to welcome you with open arms.

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