Lonely Planet Writer

Let them eat cake (and drink tea on a vintage tour bus in Dublin)

We love the sound of a new sightseeing tour that has just launched in Dublin, which promises to combine enjoying afternoon tea with taking in some of the Irish capital’s best-known sights. Vintage Tea Tours allows passengers to board a vintage double-decker tour bus that travels to some of the city’s most famous buildings and tourist attractions, while indulging in some delicious afternoon tea treats.

Karen Nixon of Vintage Tea Tours in Dublin. Image: Conor McCabe Photography
Karen Nixon of Vintage Tea Tours in Dublin. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

This new venture was inspired by one enjoyed by tour founder Karen Nixon from Howth when she visited London. She decided to purchase her own bus and create an Irish tour that takes in landmarks like the Phoenix Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Trinity College and St. Stephens Green.

The bus is named Pauline after Karen’s beloved grandmother and was previously owned by leading British wildlife artist David Shepherd. Its driver Bob and the on-board Vintage Tea Tours team share interesting and juicy facts about Dublin and its sights with passengers, and say that those on board are treated to a little bit of nostalgia.

Vintage Tea Tours have started in Dublin, Ireland. Image: Conor McCabe Photography
Vintage Tea Tours have started in Dublin, Ireland. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

As the bus rolls along, they listen to 1950s’ jazz, while nibbling on delicate finger sandwiches, fruit scones with jam and cream and a selection of pastries and desserts, all freshly prepared by Italian chef Donato Romano. While Ireland is famous for its Guinness, tourists will be delighted to hear that the pastries include a Guinness brownie.

Vintage Tea Tours have started in Dublin, Ireland. Image: Conor McCabe Photography
Vintage Tea Tours have started in Dublin, Ireland. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

Tours will run three times per day – 11 am, 1.15 pm and 3.30 pm and tickets start from €40. For more information, please visit www.vintageteatours.ie