Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

If you ask any Dublin local to name their favorite landmark, chances are that Ha'penny will be at the top of their list. As you saunter through the city center, chances are you'll find yourself ambling across this picturesque cast-iron bridge – Dublin's oldest and most beloved pedestrian river crossing, serving as a vital link between the north and south sides of the city.

Originally named the Wellington Bridge when it opened in 1816, it quickly earned it nickname due to the halfpenny toll charged for crossing, a fee that persisted until 1919, matching the fares of the seven ferries it put out of business. At one point, the toll even rose to a penny and a half, giving rise to the moniker "Penny Ha'penny Bridge".

While crossing the bridge is now toll-free, pausing to lean against the railings beneath the vintage lanterns and soak in the views of the Liffey's banks stretching to Dublin Bay might just make you feel like you'd gladly pay a toll to linger there all day. However, to avoid earning glares from hurried commuters and passersby, it's probably wise to keep your stroll brisk and not linger too long in one spot.

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Sight Name: Ha'penny Bridge
Sight Location: Dublin, Ireland (See walking tours in Dublin)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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