Going from Britain to Dublin by bus is particularly picturesque, since the journey includes a sea crossing. Coaches leave Victoria bus station daily, bound for Dublin, with Eurolines running the services. Local buses serve London Victoria, which also consists of a mainline train station and Underground in the centre of London. National Express coaches travel to Dublin from other British cities, including Birmingham and Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. Manchester coach station is in walking distance of Piccadilly mainline train station. The other three coach stations are located at city centres, all served by public transport. Buses from Victoria station and Birmingham station travel to Holyhead on the Welsh coast, where passengers complete their journey to Dublin by ferry. The journey from Victoria to Dublin takes about 12 hours.
Temple Bar is the Mecca for all visitors to Dublin, a street lined with lively bars and interesting restaurants. After lunch, you can stroll towards the historic Dublin Castle. This building is actually composed of a number of smaller structures that date from the early 1100s right to the present day. Afterwards, get on a bus to Merrion Square. Here, you have the choice of visiting Dublin's National Gallery, site of a fine collection of paintings by international and Irish artists. There is also the Oscar Wilde Museum, former home of the writer and playwright. If the afternoon remains sunny, you can walk around the restful and picturesque green area, filled with trees and tropical plants.