Fancy a guided tour of Dublin with some delicious treats on the way? Well, you’re in luck because with Vintage Tea Trips you can hope onboard the most charming buses and enjoy a tasty afternoon tea with your fellow passengers whilst learning all about the city.
It makes for the most amazing and unique weekend and it doesn’t matter how well you know the city, there is always something to learn onboard. It’s not the kind of guided tour that you might have been on when visiting a capital city. The host creates more of a relaxed atmosphere and will tell you stories about Dublin. Passengers might even tell you a few stories themselves whilst you’re onboard.
Tours start at Temple Bar and last around 80 minutes, costing €47.50 each and that includes tea, coffee and lots of tasty food. You can expect the usual suspects – scones, little sandwiches, cakes and pastries. It’s a very traditional Irish afternoon tea but with a unique spin in that it’s eaten on board a bus.
Both of the drivers, Robert and Liam, used to work on the buses in Dublin so they know the city perhaps better than anyone else. However, the buses are Routemaster buses, designed for London and they’ve been renovated to contain tables and chairs with the cutest designs both on the exterior and interior.
These buses have names – Pauline and Kitty – named after the owner, Karen’s, grandmothers. There’s also Molly who is available for private bookings such as weddings. They’ll take you past Dublin’s most iconic landmarks whilst you listen to jazz from the fifties and enjoy your afternoon tea, which can also be made gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.
You can book your trip on the website and they run from Thursday to Sunday every week so there’s plenty of availability. There’s no alcohol permitted on board which makes this the perfect weekend activity for Dubliners who don’t drink or want a break from alcohol.