Having finished breakfast, I headed out of the hotel and over to the Dublin Bus office to buy a two-day ticket for the open-top bus tours and with that purchased joined a tour round the docklands area of the city.
The last time I’d been in Dublin to stay (ignoring multiple fleeting trips for work in the preceding 12 months) the docklands area had only just started to be developed and it was interesting to look around the area at the speed of development.
As with London the dockland area is the centre of Dublin’s financial sector with lots of glass buildings nestled round the former docks and the Liffey. The tour weaved its way in and out of the area before returning to the city centre.
From the Docklands tour I crossed over the road and joined one of the classic city tours that was about to depart for its tour round the heart of the city.
I did a full circuit back to O’Connell street and then went off in search of lunch.
Lunch completed I picked up another tour bus to take in some more of the views and to get over to the temple bar area to have a wander round there.
I spent quite a bit of the afternoon just wandering around Dublin before making it back to O’Connell street in time to pick up the last tour bus of the night which set off just as the sun was starting to set.
With the final part of the tour effectively being a Dublin at night tour I arrived back at O’Connell street and, after dropping some stuff off at the hotel, headed out to grab dinner before coming back to the hotel and turning in for the night