Generally speaking, getting on a guided bus tour is my idea of hell. However, when the bus is amphibious, you don Viking helmets and you have some genuinely interesting history delivered in Irish brogue…well, then I can give it the time of day!
We had two days in Dublin on our Royal Princess cruise, and we saw these distinctive yellow amphibious buses driving around and could hear a lot of laughter coming from them, so it piqued our interest!
We got our tickets online on our phones and met the bus at Stephen’s Green North, close to Grafton Street. We took our seat and donned our Viking Helmets.
Our tour was guided by Aidan, who did an excellent job of keeping everyone entertained and informed. He started off by explaining that for the next hour and fifteen minutes, we had to adopt our best Norse roars as we passed by different types of ‘Celts’. The first group of victims was the Lost Celts – groups of tourists looking confused typically squinting at a map. The next were ‘Cappucino Celts’, perched outside trendy cafes sipping a flat white. The final main victims were the “Competition Celts” – they can be seen driving round in red and green tour buses…
Viking Splash Tours promise you a tour of the main sights of Dublin City by both land and water – the vehicles are World War II amphibious vehicles (like they used to have in Liverpool before they..ahem…sank)
The tour gives you a glimpse of a lot of areas in Dublin, including Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Government buildings and Dublin Docklands, home to the European offices of Google, Facebook and LinkedIn.
We learnt loads, from strange saints to peculiar phrases. Did you know that St Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers?
Overall, I highly recommend this tour if you’re looking to fill some time in Dublin – it’s a hilarious way to see the city and learn some genuinely interesting facts!
How to book Viking Splash Tours?
We got our tickets on the Viking Splash website – you can also call +353 1 707 6000 and pay over the phone.
Ticket Prices (excluding July & August):
- Adult €25
- Child (Aged 2*-12) €13
- Teenager (13-17) €17
- Student/OAP €22
- Viking Value 1 (2 adults + 2 children) €70
- Viking Value 2 (2 adults + 3 children) €80