Merrion Square

Merrion Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Dublin: 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, and stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Dublin: Guinness Storehouse & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Dublin: Guinness Storehouse & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy a day of Dublin sightseeing on board a hop-on-hop-off bus tour with a 1-day, 48-hour, or 72-hour ticket. See the best of this dynamic and historical city, and pass by Dublin's must-see landmarks, from St. Stephen's Green to the home of Guinness. See some of Dublin's top sights on top of an open-top bus and hop off whenever you like. Discover the city's highlights and hear interesting commentary from the guide. Hop off to explore the Guinness Storehouse, home to the world's most famous stout. On your self-guided tour, you'll learn all about the history and production of Guinness at this famous storehouse, which is rated one of Ireland's most popular attractions. Hear about the storehouse's 9,000-year lease and explore interactive exhibits across seven stories. Taste the freshest pints of Guinness in the world at the Gravity Bar while enjoying 360-degree unobstructed views of the city of Dublin (or choose Guinness 0.0 or a soft drink). Choose the 48-Hour and 72-Hour tickets to enjoy a 1-hour panoramic night bus tour. Ride along the open-top bus for a thrilling evening city tour. Hear information and tales of the city and gain a thorough understanding of Dublin's history, architecture, and culture from your bus guide. Pick the 72-Hour ticket and experience a half-day coastal tour, which includes, a return journey from Dublin to Howth, a guided walking tour of the cliffs of Howth, and free time to explore the picturesque Howth village.

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 • Heuston Station • Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street • Collins Barracks • Smithfield Square • Temple Bar • The Writers’ Museum • O’Connell Street • The GPO, Abbey Theatre • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum • The Convention Centre Dublin • U2 Studios • Merrion Square, Natural History Museum, The National Gallery of Ireland • National Gallery - Merrion Street Upper • St. Stephen's Green, The Little Museum of Dublin • Mansion House and St Ann's Church

Dublin: Panoramic Open-Top Night Bus Tour & Live Guide

4. Dublin: Panoramic Open-Top Night Bus Tour & Live Guide

See the lights of Dublin sparkle at night on-board an open-top double-decker bus tour. The panoramic tour which lasts one hour will take you past some of the city's most famous sights and attractions including Dublin Castle, the Christ Church Cathedral and St. Stephen's Green. While travelling along the Night Tour's unique route, hear historical tales of city's top sights and prominent figures including Temple Bar, the Docklands and the oldest pub in Dublin, The Brazen Head with the stories following James Joyce, Oscar Wild or Bono. It’s the perfect way to spend the evening in Dublin whether you're travelling alone, with family or with someone special.

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

5. Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. 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, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. 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 After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a seafood dinner caught fresh from the shores before returning home. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Dublin: Dublin City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Dublin: Dublin City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

Stop At: Claddagh Records, 2 Cecilia Street, Dublin Ireland Iconic place for the music lovers. Claddagh Records is an important stop, the U2 band use to meet here and recorded few songs. Now it is a Music shop. Claddagh is a ring created in Galway Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Wall of Fame, 20 Temple Lane South Temple Bar, Dublin Dublin 2 Ireland Celebrating the Irish bands and singers The Wall Of Fame Dublin is the tribute to acts such as U2, Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Sinead O'Connor, Shane MacGowan, Bob Geldof, The Undertones and Luke Kelly. Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Ireland Walking through the beauty of this iconic area in Dublin We will talk about how it became so famous, why so many tourists visit this area in Dublin, where to go for something to eat and the best places to join a live traditional Irish music session. Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Ha'penny Bridge, 14 Bachelors Walk Wellington Quay, Dublin Ireland History details and iconic bridge Built in 1816, beautiful at night and suring the day. Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Trinity College Dublin, Grafton St. College Green, Dublin 2 Ireland Trinity College The University built in Ireland by Elizabeth I The Book of Kells The Brian Boru Harp History and culture together. Duration: 25 minutes Stop At: Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street, Dublin Ireland Molly Malone's life and folklore Iconic statue in a fabolous Dublin corner The most well known woman in Dublin Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Grafton Street, Dublin Ireland Strolling, Shopping, Street artists High street with fabolous shops Nice food in nice places Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Stephens Green, Dublin 2 Dublin Ireland Walk through St.Stephen's Green Park Lovely city park, people call it the small Central Park Animals, lovely flowers and a lot of people Duration: 25 minutes Stop At: Monument to Oscar Wilde, Corner of Merrion Square Park, Dublin Ireland Oscar Wilde Memorial Bronze statues Oscar wilde house This lovely park in Merrion Square Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland Daniel O'Connell statue on O'Connell street Liffey river with his most important bridge IFSC, International Financial Service Centre Nice sunset Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: The Spire, O'Connell Street, Dublin Ireland The Spire Nelson's Pillar was a large granite column capped by a statue of Horatio Nelson Very busy street in Dublin Meeting point for the new generations Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: GPO Museum, O'Connell Street, Dublin D01 F5P2 Ireland We will tqlk about the Easter rising Easter Rising 1916-General Post office Modern history of Ireland Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: James Joyce Statue, North Earl Street just off O'Connell Street, Dublin Ireland History of one of the most famous writer in the 20th century James Joyce statue North side of Dublin End of the tour Duration: 10 minutes

Dublin: Dublin Rogues Walking Tour

7. Dublin: Dublin Rogues Walking Tour

Your tour will meet at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Statue, which is located at the north west end of Merrion Square Park. From there your tour kicks off with an in-depth story on the life and times of Oscar Wilde and his family, taking in the success and tragedy of the colorful life of this Anglo-Irish family. After approximately 15 minutes, you will move on to other statutes situated on the north end of Merrion Square Park, including Barnardo O'Higgins, Henry Grattan, George Russell, and Michael Collins. You'll spend about 25 minutes in total on these characters, before moving on once more to the northeast end of Merrion Square to the Holles Street Hospital. This is Ireland's national maternity hospital, where you will hear of two famous personalities associated with the building: Brendan Behan and Mamie Cadden. On the south end of the square lived the liberator Daniel O'Connell, one of the great heroes of Irish history. Finally, your guides will speak on Darkey Kelly, Buck Whaley, and WB Yeats, before finishing off with Merrion Square and its park. Following your experience, you are welcome to join your guide for a traditional pint of Guinness at one of Dublin's iconic traditional pubs.

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What people are saying about Merrion Square

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,161 reviews

I opened my app and found the code, but what I needed was a QR code. They said it was sent by email. Since I had made the reservation two or three weeks before, I had trouble finding any email. They very kindly took pictures of the reservation on my phone app and gave me tickets. My husband, son, and I enjoyed the whole 90-minute tour on the top of the bus on the most beautiful day with mostly blue sky. The driver was a wonderful storyteller with a calming voice. We thanked him very much on the way out, and asked him how he could talk constantly for 90 minutes and still keep his voice. He joked that when he goes home at night, he doesn't speak at all. A good laugh. Later I discovered that the email with the QR code came just the day before our tour. I've been so busy sightseeing, I haven't looked at email that much. Perhaps the driver/ticket person could know this, and tell tourists to look for an email that just came the day before.

Fabulous few days in Dublin using hop on hop off bus. Guides were very good and had great singing voices too.

Lots of pick up points. The app is great for timing when the bus will arrive

Informative, fun, and a good way to get around for the day

Lovely, informative tour. Driver, Paul was excellent