You’re in Dublin for a short break, you want to hit the shops, the bars, and the nightclubs but you also want to take in some of the sights too.
Check out our rapid tour of some of Dublin city center’s most famous attractions that you can easily reach on foot. All you need is a window of a few hours!
Right, start off in O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Get yourself down to the General Post Office (known locally as the GPO) building, which is one of the most significant buildings in Irish history as this is where 1916 Rising began. You can still see some of the bullet holes in the walls and on the columns of the building – step inside the GPO to view a memorial to those who died in the fighting.
From the GPO, you can take some great snaps of the Spire (that big needle-like structure that reaches far into the sky) and as you make your way to O’Connell Bridge, look out for the sculpture of James Joyce as he leans on his walking stick at the corner of Henry Street.
As you reach O’Connell Bridge (by the way the huge monument at the bottom of O’Connell Street is of Daniel O’Connell) you can enjoy some great views of the River Liffey. Look to your left to check out the Custom House (large white building, green dome), look to your right to view the iconic Ha’ Penny Bridge.
Continue onto Westmoreland Street and at the end of this street, you will have reached the famous College Green area of Dublin city center. The huge, almost semi-circular building, which stretches around from Westmoreland Street, is the Bank Of Ireland where the old Irish Parliament used to sit.
Cross the street and right in front of you, you’ll see the black railings of Trinity College where you can go in and wander around the courtyard or even visit the spectacular Book Of Kells.
Continue on towards Grafton Street and stop off to get a picture of yourself standing alongside good old Molly Malone who is still wheeling “her wheelbarrow”. Walk to the top of Grafton Street and you’ll come to St. Stephens Green. This place is worth just wandering into for a quiet stroll away from the traffic.
Okay, so you might just go over the two hours especially if you’re taking a leisurely stroll and stopping off along the way but we reckon it’s a pretty good walking tour that’ll provide you with some great photo opportunities of Dublin.