10 amazing sites you can get to by Dublin Bus

Satisfy your wanderlust without breaking the bank with these ten astonishing sites you can get to by Dublin Bus, taking you away from the city lights and out to the country’s hidden gems.

10 amazing sites you can get to by Dublin Bus

Let’s face it, travelling when you can’t drive or don’t have access to a car can be tough. Do not despair, however, as you don’t need to spend a ton on expensive bus tours to get the job done.

We’ve got you covered with these awe-inspiring sites you can get to by Dublin bus (Dublin’s public bus service), located right on the city’s doorstep. Hop on, experience the advantages of bus travel, and see where it takes you …

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for travelling to places by Dublin Bus

  • To be as prepared as possible for your trip, you can use the Dublin Bus website or app to help plan your route. You will have access to timetables and so on.
  • Buying a Leap Card can be very useful if you plan to frequent the Dublin Bus. There are discounts for regular travellers, so this may of benefit to you.
  • Some Dublin buses may be busy and near capacity if you are heading to a popular location. So, arrive a few minutes before you are meant to be there to secure a seat.
  • Respect the queue! It can be mayhem trying to get on the bus, but form a queue and respect your place. If you have your ticket, you will get on the bus.
  • If you are stuck, you can ask locals or other people at the bus stop for which exact bus you need to get or what time it arrives at. People will be happy to answer.

10. Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin – one of the most historic sites in Dublin

Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin – one of the most historic sites in Dublin

Malahide Castle, located in the seaside village of Malahide, was first built in the 12th century and was inhabited by the Talbot family for almost 800 years.  

The castle, accessible by guided tour and surrounded by stunning gardens, is one of the most popular historic sites you can get to by Dublin bus.

AddressMalahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Bus route: 42 

RELATED: If you find yourself at Malahide, why not try out any of these top 10 best Malahide restaurants for all tastes in 2023

9. Skerries Mills, Co. Dublin – for Dublin’s best traditional thatch cottages

Skerries Mills, Co. Dublin – for Dublin’s best traditional thatch cottages

The Skerries Mills site includes not one but two windmills, as well as a watermill! A guided tour of the site will take you through the development of these technologies and their inner workers, and even gives visitors a chance to try out grinding flour with a quern stone.

Skerries, and neighbouring Rush, contain some of the best-preserved examples of traditional thatch cottages in Dublin.

AddressTownparks, Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Bus route: 33

8. Knocksink Wood, Co. Wicklow – immerse yourself in the outdoors

One of the best places that you can get to by Dublin Bus is the Knocksink Woods.

The 44 bus route features some of the best hikes you can get to by Dublin bus. Close to the pretty village of Enniskerry, Knocksink Wood is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the outdoors.

The large and dense forest park is located in a charming glen, centred around the Glencullen River.

Address: Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Bus route: 44

7. Lusk Heritage Centre, Co. Dublin – one of the best sites you can get to by Dublin Bus

Lusk Heritage Centre, Co. Dublin – one of the best sites you can get to by Dublin Bus
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The Heritage centre is a hidden gem and includes a round tower dating to the 9th century, a medieval belfry and a spectacular 16th-century effigy tomb.

Address: Church Road, Lough Common, Lusk, Co. Dublin

Bus route: 33

6. The Scalp, Co. Dublin – for breath-taking views of the surrounding valley

The Scalp, Co. Dublin – for breath-taking views of the surrounding valley

The Scalp has to be one of the strangest named peaks in the Dublin mountains, and it’s certainly well worth a visit! An enchanting woodland trail leads to breath-taking vistas overlooking the surrounding valley.

Walking on a little further at the end of the forest park, your hike can be extended to include the hill of Carrickgollogan which affords magnificent views over the ocean and the city, and the spectacular chimney of Ballycorus Lead Mine.

Address: The Scalp, Annaghaskin, Co. Dublin

Bus route: 44

5. National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery – a stones throw from the city centre

Only a stone’s throw from the city centre, the National Botanic Gardens is one of the loveliest sites you can get to by Dublin bus. Exploring the Victorian great glasshouse is the closest you can get in Dublin to a ramble through a tropical rainforest.

Right next to the Gardens is the equally unmissable Glasnevin Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Ireland’s most famous figures including Daniel O’Connell.

AddressGlasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 VY63, Ireland (Botanic Gardens)

AddressFinglas Rd, Glasnevin, Dublin, D11 XA32, Ireland (Glasnevin Cemetery)

Bus routes: 4, 9, 83, 155

READ: The top 10 most famous people buried in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery

4. Kildruddery House, Co. Wicklow – one for the movie-goers

Kildruddery House, Co. Wicklow – one for the movie-goers

Kilruddery House is a captivating mansion, a 30-minute walk or a 5-minute bus ride from the coastal town of Bray.

Built in the 17th century and restyled into its current striking form in the 1820s, moviegoers might recognise Kilruddery House from such My Left Foot, Far and Away or Angela’s Ashes.

Address: Kilruddery Demense West, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Bus route: 84 (from Bray)

3. Bray Head, Co. Wicklow – one thing to do in Ireland before you die

Bray Head, Co. Wicklow – one thing to do in Ireland before you die
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Scaling Bray Head is one thing in Ireland you must do before you die! The views from this iconic landmark are a truly mesmerising spectacle. The Bray to Greystones cliff walk is also well-worth doing, especially when it ends in a trip to the famous Happy Pear restaurant in Greystones!

If you’re not in the mood for climbing, a stroll along the Bray seafront is also very pleasant, and the town of Bray itself is a great place for food (especially ice-cream)!

Address: Bray Head, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Bus routes: 145, 155

READ: Greystones to Bray walk: when to visit, what to see and things to know

2. Castletown House, Co. Kildare – the largest Palladian mansion in Ireland

Castletown House, Co. Kildare – the largest Palladian mansion in Ireland

Castletown House in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, the largest Palladian mansion in Ireland, is stunning inside and out. 

Step back in time and discover the fascinating history of the Connolly family, (including Thomas Connolly’s alleged run-in with the Devil!) and bask in the splendour of the finest in 18th-century design.

AddressCastletown, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Bus route: 67

1. Howth Head, Co. Dublin – stand on a cliff’s edge

Howth Head, Co. Dublin – stand on a cliff’s edge

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Howth Head is one of the most picturesque sites you can get to by Dublin bus; you won’t believe you’re so close to the city! Howth Head offers a wealth of hiking routes to suit all abilities, but our favourite follows the cliffs from Howth to Sutton.

Alongside the pier and the cliffs, Howth’s many attractions include Howth Castle, the National Transport Museum, St. Mary’s Abbey and the Hurdy-Gurdy Radio Museum. If you’re lucky, you might see seals in Howth harbour!

Address23-21 Balscadden Rd, Howth, Dublin, Ireland

Bus routes: 31, 31a

If you’re looking for a bus tour of Dublin City, check out this one!

READ MORE: If this is on your list, let us help you with our article on Howth Cliff Walk: route and important info (for 2023)

Your questions answered about the best sites you can get to by Dublin Bus

Below, we have outlined some of the most frequently asked questions by our readers and from online about the best sites you can get to by Dublin Bus.

What is the cheapest way to get around Dublin?

The cheapest way to get around Dublin is with the Leap Card. It is the best way to make use of all of Dublin’s public transport, and regular users can get discounted fares.

Where does Dublin Bus operate?

Dublin Bus operates within Dublin itself, and to surrounding areas such as spots in Counties Wicklow and Kildare.

What is the best public transport in Dublin?

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is one of the most convenient ways to travel if you are going from north to south Dublin.

Are trams free in Dublin?

No. The cost of your journey depends on how many zones you are travelling through. Fares range between 1.70 euros for 1 zone to 2.60 euros for 8 zones.

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