I got on the Gravedigger Bus and this is what happened

Happy Halloween guys! ‘Tis the season for all things spooky – and whereas I’d class myself as a “class a” wimp when it comes to scary stuff, I’d still like to tell you about the scariest thing I did this Halloween and maybe even recommend you do it too… provided you’re Dublin-bound on this All Hallows Eve.

 

 

I’m obvs talking about Hidden Dublin’s Gravedigger Bus Tour.

 

 

Well, maybe not so obvs, if you haven’t been. But I gone did it and let me tell you – it was a load of spooky fun, even for a scaredy-cat like me.

 

I’ll elaborate.

 

 

So we met our ghoulish tour guides at the Trinity College after dark (I mean… just before 7pm) and I’mma gonna be honest, I was a little taken aback when I saw the bus turn up. It’s this monstrosity of a double decker, kitted to high heavens (hells? I don’t know) with skulls and creepy crawlies and weird hangy things – and that’s just looking at it from the outside!

 

 

It wasn’t a lot less spooky on the inside though, to be fair – there’s this green mist going around and the sound effects are whereas subtle, really effective. No screams and jingling of chains or anything classic (clichéd?) like that, but these really cunning light noises like the wind, silent talking and whispers… you know, the kind of stuff that makes the hairs on the back of your neck go a little wild.

 

 

And off we went, on an unnerving adventure. Our tour guide was this darling woman, I mean she was plague-ridden but still, an absolute darling – and she told us spine-chilling stories of the Trinity College going back 600 years ago, when the old Augustinian Priory and, obvs, the plague house were there.

 

 

I don’t want to spoil the tour too much, but let’s just say that our first stop was at St Audeons church, AKA “Hell” (no, really) where we were told the history of ‘The Black Dog’ jail and the strange story of the phantom pig (no, really). I know phantom pigs don’t sound particularly petrifying, but trust me, it actually was.

 

 

Our next stop was Kilmainham Jail where many – most of who were found guilty at Dublin Castle – spent the last of their days, awaiting execution. If that’s not creepy AF, I don’t know what is.

 

 

Then, finally, after a ride in the bus and some more plague-ridden stories of ghostly encounters we ended up in the Grave Diggers Pub, where we were treated to a “ghoulish drink” (a green vodka shot) and some stories of the cemetery – which was probably the spookiest place of all. We also had time for a quick drink in the pub which was definitely needed – the tour takes about 2 hours and that’s a long time to be freaked out without a drink!

 

 

So I mean yeah, is it a little cheesy – oh for sure. Is it a bit of fun – yes 100%. Is it a good way to get your dose of horrible histories and spend a few hours – YAAS mama. It’s scary, but not too scary, even for “class a” wimps like me. It genuinely makes you laugh and the history is accurate and actually really interesting (if you’re into that sort of thing – I know I am).

 

 

So yeah, if you’re Dublin bound and want some creepy fun for your All Hallows Eve, hit these guys up.  And give them some online love y’all.

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  • Kanishka Acharya

    Omg I would love to have such a spooky and chilling experience! Or maybe because I know it is all man made I would be less scared… But I love horror story times and this must have been ideal

  • Omg that is awesome idea Hallo Eve. I would love to give this tour a try. This is cool way to find out more of Dublin the legends / stories.

  • Oh my goodness – what a really fun, but spooky adventure to have at this time of year!! I’m such a wuss too – the sound effects would have really creeped me out! I definitely need to put a tour like this on the list for the next time I’m in the UK! Charlie xo

  • Rebecca

    it looks like you had a ‘spooktactular’ time… the bus looks awesome, i wouldn’t like the sound effects much. I’ve been on some haunted walking tours in Edinburgh, York and couple of other places… much comes down to the storyteller and the quality of the stories…Plenty of good stories around Dublin – visiting Kilmainham Jail really affected me and I went in broad daylight.
    I’ve not been to Dublin for about 10 years but I’d love to go back… this tour is definitely on my list. Thank you for the write up.
    love Bec 🙂