About The Gravedigger Bus Tour:
Hop aboard Hidden Dublin's custom-built tour bus and unravel the city's darker side. Many believed that the plague was the end of days, but the history of Dublin and its horrors continued. Follow two professional actor-guides through a Plague-ravished Irish capital.
During the tour you'll make stops at Kilmainham Gaol, St. Audoen's Church and the Gravediggers Pub (free drink included).
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- College Green Tourist Office, 37 College Green, Dublin.
- 2 Hours.
Begin your journey outside the College Green Tourist Office, where you'll be introduced to your ghoulish guides and their double-decker corpse coach. For the next 2 hours this mausoleum on wheels will be your carriage through some of the darkest chapters in Dublin's history. And don't mind all the coughs and splutters, that's just the local plague house. It was located close to where Trinity College now stands, but you should be fine so long as you don't go in. Saying that, your guide may have other ideas!
Learn about the desperate measures the city devised to try and keep the scourge at bay, as well as the fates of the unfortunate souls who became infected by it. For them and their families it truly seemed liked the end of days.
Next you'll pass Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and Cork Hill before eventually arriving outside St. Audoen's - the oldest parish church in Dublin. Explore the area with your guide while listening to dark yet fascinating tales from its long and storied history.
After a stop at Kilmainham Gaol you'll arrive at Bully's Acre, a thousand-year-old graveyard believed to hold the bodies of men killed at the 11th century Battle of Clontarf. Years later it gained a reputation as a pauper’s cemetery, when in reality the lack of a burial fee meant that all sorts of people, rich and poor, chose it as their final resting spot.
Your tour guide will introduce you to a very different sort of unsavoury character, the body snatchers of the late 18-19th centuries.
Towards the end of the tour you'll pass Croppies Acre (burial site of those executed after the 1798 Rising) and St Michan's Church, stopping along the way at 'The Gravediggers' Pub (John Kavanagh) for a free brew. You'll then experience the tour's grand finale before returning to the safety of the 21st century, hopefully all in one piece!