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When someone mentions riding on Dublin Bus, it doesn't usually conjure mental images of a relaxing afternoon with friends - or of a relaxing anything for that matter. It might be time for that to change however as we've just discovered a Dublin bus with a unique twist.
Vintage Tea Trips offer a truly unique experience whereby passengers board a fully renovated vintage Dublin Bus where they are swiftly brought upstairs to enjoy a decadent afternoon tea-style feast. Complete with tea, coffee, finger sandwiches, desserts, cakes, and pastries, you'll be spoiled for choice of what to eat first.
As you cheerfully stuff your face, ever so daintily of course, you'll be able to enjoy the sights of some of Dublin's most iconic buildings and landmarks including St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church, Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, Wood Quay, O'Connell Street, Phoenix Park, and the grand buildings of Georgian Dublin.
The journey kicks off on the famed cobblestones of Temple Bar. Whilst some of us do enjoy a classic bus tour, most will probably be relieved to hear you won't be expected to endure a monotonous commentary on the passing sights - perhaps just a few stories about a Dublin of yesteryear from your friendly host for the afternoon.
If you're looking for something a little different to mark occasions such as first communions, hen parties, birthdays or anniversaries, this sounds like the perfect novelty day out. And the reviews speak for themselves really.
"For the first-time visitor to the Irish capital, the Vintage Tea Tour is the best way to get a good overview of the city while staying dry and enjoying a classic afternoon tea in a comfortable 1940's-style double-decker bus, complete with swing music in the background," wrote one reviewer on TripAdvisor.
"This is a nice break from walking and the few moments they come to talk to you about Dublin facts are great. The snacks were delicious and the souvenir cup is the cherry on top," another woman named Arielle testified.
And for the anti-Dublin among us, fear not - a Cork version is launching in 2022. Dates for the first journeys are yet to be announced but the company has confirmed the experience will feature a delicious menu of treats handmade each morning by Mags from The Pastry Fork. Sign us up!