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Tour Treats
1. Wise and witty Live Commentary from our Fáilte Ireland approved guides
2. A visit to Powerscourt Gardens (where admission worth €8.50 is included in your ticket price)
3. Bird's-eye, unrestricted sea views from your double-decker perch
4. A Free Walking Tour with Dublin Historian Pat Liddy and his team
 
TOUR INFORMATION
Adult                            €28
Child (5-14 yrs)            €14
Duration - 6.5hrs
2 kids under 14 free with a fare paying adult
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Coastal Curiosities, Garden Glamour & Historic Glendalough
Special Online discount of 10% when you book online.

Where would you find a Victorian seaside resort, grand Renaissance gardens and a National Park spanning an entire mountain range? Oh, and all in a matter of hours.The South Coast & Powerscourt Gardens tour, that’s where.

Picture it: sitting pretty on the top deck of your bus and as the city recedes behind you, endless curiosities pop into view.

Sandymount Strand where Leopold Bloom first kissed Molly in James Joyce’s Ulysses? It’s on your left.

Up ahead is Dún Laoghaire where flags flap on yachts, restaurants spill towards the sea and the promenade harks back to days of Victorian elegance.

After a quick stop at Bray Promenade on you climb into Wicklow’s mountains. After falling in love with the picture perfect village of Enniskerry, a new romance begins: Powerscourt House and Gardens Nestled in a verdant valley replete with Renaissance grandeur, secret gardens and a pet cemetery, this estate is a stand-out stunner.

After leaving Powerscourt, you get the chance to further enjoy Wicklow's natural beauty by travelling further south towards historic Glendalough. This area has drawn visitors for centuries, and it is as rich in history as it is in beauty.Visitors can enjoy the iconic Monastic Tower which is almost 1,000 years old.After Glendalough, you will return to Dublin City through some more stunning scenery which Wicklow has to offer. For Private Bookings email: info@dublinsightseeing.ie

TIMETABLE
Tours can be booked online up to 1 hour before departure
Departs: Dublin Bus 59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Tour departs at 10.30am daily
Free Hotel Shuttle Bus
PLACES OF INTEREST
Dún Laoghaire  
Perhaps Ireland's oldest town, Dún Laoghaire is named after its founder, the High King of Ireland who used the area as his sea-fort for raiding into Britain and France. The harbour is notable for its two granite piers. The East Pier is particularly popular with walkers, while the West Pier is heavily used year-round by windsurfers. Other features of the town include the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and a Martello Tower in nearby Sandycove, known as the James Joyce Tower. Dun Laoghaire

Sandycove  
Sandycove is a pleasant little harbour where the James Joyce Museum can be found in the Martello Tower built in 1804. This tower was lived in briefly by James Joyce and became famous as the setting for the opening of Ulysses. The museum was opened in 1962, featuring memorabilia, letters, first editions of Joyce's works and other Joycean memorabilia. Sandycove

Dalkey  
The name originates from the Gaelic "Deilig Inis" or Island of thorns and a sense of history is immediately apparent on entering the town. Once known as the 'Town of Seven Castles' the castles were built as warehouses to store goods. Two of these: Goat Castle, which houses the Heritage Centre and Archbold's Castle are still standing today. Both can be seen on the main street of this attractive village whose tight, winding roads and charming villas give it a Mediterranean feel. Dalkey

Enniskerry  
The picturesque village of Enniskerry is located east of The Wicklow Way. The heart of the village retains its elegant Victorian feeling with its most distinctive feature is the clock tower dating from 1843. It was erected as a memorial to the Wingfield family then owners of the nearby Powerscourt Estate. Enniskerry

Powerscourt  
Powerscourt House and Gardens are probably the finest in Ireland, both for their design and their dramatic setting at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. Richard Wingfield, the first Viscount Powerscourt, commissioned the house and grounds in the 1730's. It now incorporates a range of specialty shops as well as a restaurant, golf course and formal gardens.

Free Admission to Powerscourt Gardens
Powerscourt Gardens

Bray  
Bray, known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland, is positioned in northeast Wicklow, just south of Dublin. Today, Bray is a vibrant holiday town and boasts fine hotels and guesthouse accommodation, shops, restaurants and evening entertainment. It has a safe beach of sand and shingle, which attracts huge crowds in summer. Anyone in search of peace and quiet can escape to nearby Bray head, which rises steeply above the sea, affording views of mountains and sea. Bray Front

Glendalough Heritage Site  
Glendalough, known as the “Valley of the Two Lakes” is an area as rich in spectacular scenery as it is in historical significance. Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. It is here that St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united. Bray Front
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