The DoDublin Bus Tour is a hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tour run by Dublin Bus. The tours have been operating in Dublin since 1988 and are the number one Dublin bus tour. The goal of DoDublin is to give its visitors a real and authentic tour experience as the history of Dublin is very deep and interesting. There’s so much to see and learn.
The Tour consists of 30 stops. Each stop has its place in the history of Dublin or is a popular site for tourists. The tour will last around an hour and forty-five minutes.
During your time on the bus, there is audio being played giving you some facts and information on your stops as you pass. This audio comes in many different languages.
Five Best Stops on the DoDublin Bus Tour
St. James Gate
St. James Gate is the 22nd stop on the tour. At this stop, you are left right at the entrance of the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Dublin. At the Guinness Storehouse, you learn the history of Arthur Guinness, the process of how Guinness is made and will learn how to pull the perfect pint of the “Black Stuff”.
At this stop, you are in The Liberties which is a very historic part of Dublin for you to explore with lots of lovely antique shops and small restaurants to enjoy.
Dame Street is the 17th stop of the tour. At this stop you left near Temple Bar and City Hall. This is one of the better spots because you are left at the pulse of nightlife in Dublin. Temple Bar is famous for its selection of pubs and bars in the area.
City Hall is also just across the way from Temple Bar for the history buffs. City hall, in the classical style architecture, was mainly used to act as a form of stock exchange and to provide a meeting place for Dublin’s businessmen and has a deep history in Dublin. You can also get married in City Hall.
Phoenix Park is the 25th stop on the tour. The tour brings you into Phoenix Park which is the largest enclosed park in any capital in Europe. Phoenix Park is also known for its herd of deer that roam the park, if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of them yourself.
The Park is where our president, Michael D Higgins, resides in his home ‘Áras an Uachtaráin’. You can visit his home and have a guided tour inside.
Dublin Zoo is located within the park and dates from Victorian times. Dublin Zoo is a hugely popular tourist destination as it has everything from penguins to giraffes. It is laid out with nice walks and habitats for the various animals and birds.
St. Stephens Green
St. Stephens Green is the 12th stop of the tour. The stop at Stephens Green is one of the most popular as it has an abundance of restaurants, bars and pubs. Being left beside Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre provides a great selection of shops to explore.
This stop leaves you near the Little Museum of Dublin. The Little Museum of Dublin is an award-winning experience that shows you the remarkable history of Dublin City.
Another attraction near Stephens Green is MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland). At MoLI you can discover Ireland’s rich literary heritage from past to present.
Cardiff Lane is the 7th stop of the tour. Cardiff Lane leaves you in an area that has many lovely hotels with nice restaurants and bars. This is also the centre for technology companies in Dublin with HQs for Google, Facebook, AirBnB, Indeed, Hubspot and soon TikTok located here.
Near Cardiff Lane is Windmill Lane Studios which is a staple in the history of Irish music with the likes of The Cranberries, Hozier, U2, The Rolling Stones, Westlife and Lady Gaga all recording here. There are guided tours available where you can learn its history.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is also in the area where you can attend some of the best live performances from comedians to world-known Broadway shows.