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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

Discover Dublin By Boat

2. 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.

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

3. 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.

Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

4. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

Skip-the-Line: Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour

5. Skip-the-Line: Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour

Experience 2 of Dublin’s top attractions on a fascinating skip-the-line half-day Irish Experience tour in and around the historic city-center. Meet your local Dublin guide at the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Bow Street located in the Cultural Quarter of Smithfield for a tasting experience in an exclusive setting. Sample Jameson Whiskey variants for a whiskey comparison that few get to enjoy. Learn what 3 ingredients go into making the world’s most famous Irish whiskey, and get a coveted Whiskey Taster Certificate. After your sampling experience enjoy a free drink among new friends where your guide will share fascinating stories about Ireland's whiskey and history.  Your tour will then continue to the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one visitor attraction where you'll skip the long lines to enjoy a tasting and a free pint of Guinness. Enjoy a tutorial about the famous beer from your guide while your sipping the perfect pint of dark beer. On this tour you will also see the world’s largest pint glass as it rises up the 7-storey atrium, and learn how Guinness is made and transported around the world before discovering some of the storehouses other floors packed with engaging exhibits.  In summary, this tour offers the perfect Irish experience with skip-the-line access in a addition to being guided by a local English speaking guide who will make sure you have the time of your life!

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

6. 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 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

7. Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover the sights, sounds, history and architecture of Dublin on a 2.5-hour guided bike tour and see more of the city than you would on a walking tour. Experience the fun personality and personalities of Ireland's capital. The tour encompasses the rich history and folklore of the city, passing great buildings, such as College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery and St Patrick's Cathedral. Cycle through legendary neighborhoods, such as the nightlife center of Temple Bar, the Italian Quarter, Parnell Square and the fashionable southside. See the Georgian buildings of the northside, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial. En route, your guides will talk about Dublin's literary and rock'n'roll traditions and events, as well as historic personalities and how they helped shaped the city's character. You will learn which famous Dublin writer, fond of a drink, said "I'm a drinker with writing problems." Discover what school U2 frontman Bono got expelled from, why Nigerians get a shock when they drink Guinness brewed in Ireland, and what W.B. Yeats asked when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Dublin: 2-Hour Whiskey Tasting Tour

8. Dublin: 2-Hour Whiskey Tasting Tour

Take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ireland's legendary whiskies. You will be guided around Dublin's most established whiskey establishments by an expert whiskey guide. The tour will start in The Lincoln's Inn and afterward, you will visit Bowes Lounge, a legendary Irish pub. And last but not least, you will visit the Palace Bar in Temple Bar, the spirit home of Irish Whiskey with a rich history frequented both by Brendan Behan and Flann O'Brien. You will taste premium whiskies in each of the three pubs, handpicked by an expert whiskey guide at each establishment. You will also learn about the history of whiskey and of Ireland.

Dublin: 2-Hour Premium Whiskey and Food Tasting Tour

9. Dublin: 2-Hour Premium Whiskey and Food Tasting Tour

Visit some of Dublin's most established whiskey establishments with an expertly trained whiskey guide. Taste 5 premium Irish whiskies, along with 2 beautiful Irish farmhouse cheeses accompanied by Irish soda bread. Finish off with some luxurious Irish handmade chocolates. Each of the whiskies will be handpicked by your whiskey guide at every establishment, starting at The Dingle Whiskey Bar, one of the city center's newest whiskey venues, built to showcase Irish whiskey at its best. Continue to Bowes Lounge to experience a legendary Irish pub. Last, but not least, go to the Palace Bar in Temple Bar to discover the spiritual home of Irish whiskey and its rich history. Follow in the footsteps of Brendan Behan and Flann O'Brien at a bar that they both used to frequent.

Dublin: Old Town's Famous Pubs Exploration Game

10. Dublin: Old Town's Famous Pubs Exploration Game

Explore Old Town Dublin with an exciting and interesting exploration game for smartphones. Discover Dublin's best pubs while reenacting the role of a young man learning his mother's mysterious family history. Begin at the Brazen Head, and take between 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the game or explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it, and finish the game at Toners. Solve challenges, and watch the story unfold as exact directions on your phone guide you to the next location. Get ready for an exciting city game and get ready to discover Dublin's best pubs.

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What people are saying about Temple Bar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,725 reviews

This was one of the most enjoyable activities I experienced while in Dublin. The crew was fantastic and they went out of their way to help us catch the tour (meeting point changed due to tides). Would hop aboard again in a heartbeat.

So. Good. As others have said - it's run by history students who obviously know their stuff. A quality mix of facts and Irish humour made this a great experience.

Whiskey and cheese plate was delicious and Niall the tour guild was brilliant and knows his whiskey.

Realy nice lots of valuable information,fun ,joke and all you need for a parfait city break.

The cruise was really informative with lots of humour too.