“ Let us put you at your unease on the world's only Ghostbus, and introduce you to the dark romance of a city of gaslight ghosts and chilling legends. Your professional guide will weave his spell and spirit you away to meet the felons, fiends and phantoms who reach out across a thousand years of Dublins troubled history. Youll pass haunted houses, learn of Draculas Dublin origins and well even throw in a crash course in body-snatching. Near journeys end the lights go out and darkness invites the macabre traditions of the Irish wake. Your host - one blessed with the "gift of the gab" - will conclude the tour by explaining the meaning of life - and death! - Irish-style. „
There are really two points that I think need to be highlighted before anyone goes on this tour:
1. At 25 euros it was quite pricey
2. It was a funny tour rather than a creepy ghost tour
Having said that I really enjoyed it. It wasn't what I had expected, I had expected a couple of hours of thrills and chills and horrific ghost stories, whereas in reality it was a couple of hours of comedy delivered by very funny costumed actors.
It was very different to your average ghost tour, but what I had been looking for was something of a slightly scarier nature. I went looking for another haunted tour of Dublin and finally after having found their brochure at the Dublin tourist office I went on Hidden Dublin Walks Haunted Tour. I booked online for only 6 euros for two hours at www.hiddendublinwalks.com (so already you can see that there is a huge price discrepancy between the two tours) and I was really pleased by what I got for my 6 euros. The walk was aimed at being genuinely creepy, there were some great stories there, it was a healthy mixture of history and paranormal on the tour and everything linked together nicely.
By the end at St Audoen's church I was thoroughly creeped out.
The only downside was the walking, but if you enjoy that you will love this tour.
So for hilarious: go for the ghost bus
For creepy: go for the walking tour (alsodo the walking tour if you don't want to hurt your wallet as the price difference is huge for something equally enjoyable)
This will be the last of my reviews on Dublin as I am sure you are all sick of hearing about my visit. Anyway, while in Dublin yes its nice to see older historical buildings but sometimes it is nice for a different type of attraction. In my hotel there was a leaflet on Dublin Sightseeing Tours, now, I am not really one for sitting on an open top bus while being driven about town but as I turned the page the bright yellow text reading Dublin Ghost Bus Tour caught my eye. It sounded like something different yet interesting and also I am very interested in ghosts and scary stories I suppose with all of these haunting and psychic shows.
So anyway I went down to the bus information centre and paid for my tickets. I was a bit reluctant to hand over my money though as 25 was a lot of money for a tour that might not be any good. Edinburgh has its ghost tours but they are about half the price. All I can say is as amazing as this bus tour was I still felt by the end that the tickets at 15 would still have been reasonable as it wasnt particularly what I expected it to be.
So we had to go down to the stop on OConnell Street for 7.45pm which in summer time will never be completely dark but that didnt really bother me. So I went and there were lots of people waiting but still no bus then I look down the narrow street and see a purple coloured bus with the bright yellow Ghost Bus Tour text on the front. A small funny looking man gets off and starts telling us to board. We were all on a list we just got ticked off and went into the bus.
The bus was surprisingly busy but obviously there is a limit as to how many seats you can put people in. So going into the bus I was instantly excited the downstairs was dark and creepy music was playing. The windows were all blacked out. Going up the stairs the curtains were all closed and the eerie lights were on, it was so hot at that time of year but at least windows were left open. I thought the curtains being there was good though because even in main summer with so much light it still left an eerie presence.
Once everyone was seated we were introduced to the bus driver who made a scary noise when spoken to and the man telling the stories. I was quite surprised though as I expected this to be a serious tour as most I had been on were always told seriously but this man was hilarious. The good thing is we werent just paying customers sat in chairs, we provided the entertainment also. He picked on at least everyone at one point and asked where everyone was from so there were quite a variety of nations. He popped up behind us all several times and a few squeals were had.
So the tour begins and we moved away what he does is he tells the driver to stop at different places such as over bridges etc and then he tells a story of something that happened there many years ago. Some people are told to open their curtains so we can see but then also he tells stupid stories which we believe until he says something ludicrous and we know it isnt true.
On the journey you only get off the bus at two stops. One is at St Kevins Graveyard where they claim they will teach us how to body snatch. This is no lie he does take some poor victim and show us how its done. We are also told the history of the graveyard and he takes a while here but it is interesting and he turns serious for this part.
The next stop which to me was most interesting as there was a presence here that I couldnt explain but it was that quiet, eerie silence. I couldnt see any ghosts but he told us that before many people on the tour had and had been quite scared. The woman apparently runs from the corner and through the wall and the smell is meant to be terrible. This is Dublins most haunted spot though and he also asks here if anyone has seen any ghosts. It was interesting as a girl on my tour was susceptible to the paranormal world and had actually caught a ghost on camera. We all saw this and it was truly amazing and it was obvious it had not been edited as it had been taken at Dublin Castle on her digital camera. I noticed at the Castle I had many orbs in my camera for those of you who do not know what that means basically it is a ball of spiritual energy.
The tour lasts 2 hours and you are taken back to OConnell Street by 10pm. This went really quick I felt, the longest stop being at the Graveyard. I did learn a lot about Dublins Ghost history as well as having a laugh and on the way he points out some major attractions, like the cathedrals. If you dont like being picked on or are in for a seriously scary tour then this is probably not for you if you dont want it explained in joke form. Personally I thought it lightened up the mood as Im sure we were all surprised when he started jumping up on people. Also it goes dark all the lights go out and he started throwing water over us all.
The bus was very comfortable for the time length and it was safe to leave all belongings on board as they werent going to steal. The atmosphere I have to give them praise for their effort. Outside of the bus there was no spiritual atmosphere at all but on that bus being blacked out with the dim lighting it really set the picture and made the trip special.
The tours run Monday to Friday 8pm and Saturday & Sunday 7pm & 9.30pm and it is not suitable for children under 14 years old. For more information go to http://www.dublinbus.ie/your_journey/ghost_bus_tour.asp