Hop-On-Hop-Off Citysightseeing Tour extended into Dublin’s Northside
3rd March 2014
Triple Treat - New Bus Tour Route links three of Ireland’s Top Visitor Attractions
Today, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar T.D. announced a new bus route which will be available to the 700,000 people who visit the attractions at Croke Park, Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum and the National Botanic Gardens every year. The Citysightseeing bus tour, which already connects some of Dublin’s top attractions, will include these top sporting, sightseeing and historical locations from the iconic Croke Park to Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum, now linked with the Botanic Gardens.
The new route will be open to the public from March 10th 2014 and extends the existing tour route. This ‘true blue’ route will take visitors on a journey that gives an insight into the struggles and victories that shaped this country encapsulating social, cultural and sporting history, amazing views and landscapes from three of Dublin’s top 10 attractions (Tripadvisor). In this decade of commemorations, these sites are at the forefront in remembering and commemorating great events and people in Irish history.
At the announcement to launch the new route Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sports said:
“This new route really adds something new to Dublin’s tourist offering. It links important tourism sites like Croke Park, Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum, and the Botanic Gardens. It’s a great example of how we can improve the experience for tourists, make it easier for them to visit key attractions, and ensure they have a rewarding stay. The bus will be operated by Dualways which is synonymous with the red double-decker Citysightseeing tour buses. The blue route will be a new route extension to the hop-on, hop-off tours which allow tourists to take in the whole city and stop off at all the top attractions.”
David McConn from Dualway commented:
“The Dualway Group who operate the worldwide franchise for City Sightseeing tours in Dublin is delighted to be a part of this new and exciting time for both Irish and Dublin tourism. We have witnessed the levels of growth in Irish tourism over the past year and we feel this new true blue route is a great opportunity to bring substantial additional visitors to these three iconic venues in Dublin. The addition of these three key attractions, Glasnevin Cemetery, the Botanic Gardens and Croke Park to our already fantastic red route will give passengers the chance to witness the historical legacy that the Northside of Dublin has to offer."
Commenting on the new route John Green, Chairman, Glasnevin Trust stated:
“This truly is a momentous occasion for tourism on the North side of Dublin, bringing together, as it does, three of Ireland’s most popular historical attractions in on one tour. It is an excellent collaboration between these three great institutions and I would also like to pay particular thanks to Dublin City Council for their outstanding support in bringing this venture to fruition. A key objective for us at Glasnevin Cemetery is to educate the Irish public and international visitors about our rich and storied history and this new blue route will provide the expected 700,000 visitors with an easy way of doing so.”
Commenting on the announcement, Liam O’Neill, GAA President added:
“We are delighted to be part of the new Citysightseeing bus tour and to work with Dualways, Glasnevin Trust and the OPW to improve access to our wonderful attractions. Last year more than one in four Irish people visited Croke Park to support their local teams, visit the museum and experience the breath-taking Stadium Tour and Etihad Skyline. The new bus route will facilitate tourists who would like to come for a true Irish experience and get behind the scenes at Croke Park, take in the views from the roof top tour and visit our interactive GAA Museum. We look forward to welcoming them.”