A walk along Liffey River, Dublin

Take a walk among the places where Irish history was made and is kept alive for the generations to come. This part of town is a place where the past meets the present and the future is defined. There is no better place in Ireland for a tourist to learn more about Irish culture and its rich, colorful history. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours exploring the banks of Liffey River in the central part of Dublin.
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A walk along Liffey River Map

Guide Name: A walk along Liffey River
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: max
The Spire of Dublin

1) The Spire of Dublin

The Spire of Dublin, officially titled the Monument of Light (Irish: An Túr Solais) is a large, stainless steel, pin-like monument 121.2 metres in height, located on the site of the former Nelson's Pillar on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland. The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, who sought an "Elegant and dynamic simplicity bridging art and technology". It is constructed from eight hollow tubes of stainless steel and features a tuned mass damper, designed by...   view more
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General Post Office

2) General Post Office (must see)

When you want to send postcards home from Dublin to your family and friends, do take the time to go to the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, instead of buying your stamps in the corner shop.

The headquarters of the Irish postal service is the last Georgian public building to be put up in the city and its Greek revival style is wonderful. It was designed in the early 19th century by Francis Johnston and opened for the first time in 1818. The main part of the building was constructed...   view more
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The Abbey Theatre

3) The Abbey Theatre (must see)

You will find the Abbey Theatre on Lower Abbey Street, and if you are thinking of taking in a play while you are in Dublin, be sure to book your seats early, as this is the most popular theater in the city.

The first Abbey Theatre opened its doors in 1904, founded by Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, using funds by the English millionaires Annie Elizabeth Horniman. She later withdrew her patronage when the theater stayed open while others closed out of respect for the death of King Edward VII...   view more
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The Custom House

4) The Custom House (must see)

The Custom House (Irish: Teach an Chustaim) is a neoclassical 18th-century building in Dublin which houses the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. It is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge. It was designed by James Gandon to act as the new custom house for Dublin Port and was his first large-scale commission.

Construction started in 1781, and for his assistants, Gandon chose Irish artists such as...   view more
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Tara Street

5) Tara Street

This is a popular road because it is the major route leading downtown. This street was also mentioned by James Joyce, in his famous book “Ulysses.” Leopold Bloom was a frequent guest of Tara Street's public bathhouses. Many important state and media institutions have their headquarters on Tara...   view more
Temple Bar

6) Temple Bar (must see)

Temple Bar isn’t a bar or a pub; it is the cultural corner and liveliest area in Dublin – a great place to spend the day or evening.

The Temple Bar district is on the south bank of the River Liffey and it is a delight of medieval cobble-stoned streets, full of pubs, clubs restaurants and cafes. There are also souvenir shops, tattoo parlors, second-hand shops and the Reptile Haven, a pet shop with a difference where you will find almost any type of lizard or snake that you can think of.

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Grattan Bridge

7) Grattan Bridge

To get from Parliament Street to Capel Street on the south bank of the River Liffey, you will cross the Grattan Bridge.

The first bridge to be built spanning the river here was called the Essex Bridge, named after the 1st Lord of Essex, Arthur Capell, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1672 and 1677. This bridge was designed by Sir Humphrey Jervis with seven piers of arched stone taken from the ruins of the nearby St Mary’s Abbey. In 1722 an equestrian statue of King George 1st was...   view more
The Brazen Head

8) The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head originally opened back in the medieval ages. Today, this establishment retains its original look and atmosphere despite all the changes that it has been through. The Brazen Head’s decor reflects the bar's long history, earning its place in Irish history. Remarkable Irish people like James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan frequented this old haunt. The live traditional Irish music and Guinness are never ending...   view more
St. Michan's Church

9) St. Michan's Church

Built on the site of an early Danish chapel (1095), the current structure dates largely from a reconstruction in 1686. While the exterior of the church may be unimpressive, the interior boasts some fine woodwork, and an organ (dated 1724) on which Handel is said to have composed his Messiah.

The vaults of St. Michan's uniquely contain many mummified remains. The walls in the vaults contain limestone, which has kept the air dry, creating ideal conditions for preservation. Among the...   view more
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The Old Jameson Distillery

10) The Old Jameson Distillery

Irish history was made in pubs with a glass of beer and a shot of Old Jameson. This most famous Irish label of whiskey is made in Dublin. The Old Jameson Distillery has succeeded in keeping its recipe secret throughout centuries. Today, it is also a museum where Dublin's history can be revealed through a glass of good old whiskey. Open 7 days a week all year round, the distillery greets visitors with an audio-visual introduction followed by a tour of its recreated facilities, culminating in...   view more
Frank Ryan's Pub

11) Frank Ryan's Pub

A small, cute pub hidden away of the city crowd. It opened about two hundred years ago and it is still popular to this day. It has been refurbished over the years but its Irish soul remains intact. Wood-paneled walls and low ceiling, an open fireplace, warm atmosphere, a tasteful selection of old artifacts and pictures add to this bar’s unique charm. Great Irish music is played all year...   view more
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History

12) National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History (must see)

The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History is the third Dublin branch of Ireland’s wonderful National Museum. It is housed on three floors in the restored Collins Barracks.

The museum displays an extensive collection of arts and crafts dating back over 2000 years. It also hosts interesting lectures, workshops and has state-of-the-art interactive multimedia displays.

The exhibits are separated into eleven sections on three floors and a 12th exhibition across the...   view more
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Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Dubliners and the Irish in general are known for their passion for whiskey and beer. The Irish and the Scots are constantly at odds as to who makes the better whiskey and who could imagine St. Patrick's day without some famous Irish green beer ? Check out this amazing tour, that will guide you trough an area packed with pubs, and find out first hand what an Irish pub crawl means.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

In the golden age of Queen Victoria, suzerain of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Dublin grew into a wonderful and flourishing city with many parks and gardens. It has succeeded in maintaining these natural wonders over the centuries. Even in the 20th century, after a cruel modernization and remodulation in the 60s, the city of Dublin is still one of the greenest European capitals. Take this tour and breath in the green air of Dublin's parks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Temple Bar Entertainment

Temple Bar Entertainment

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists, with locations proving to be traditional Irish hotspots

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

Check out this unique tour to learn about the lives of famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. You will visit places from their daily life, as well as monuments, museums, a birth place, and even a final resting place. Follow this tour and learn more about Dublin’s literary background.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops around the City Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Nightlife Tour, Part 2

Nightlife Tour, Part 2

Dublin at night is a buzzing Mecca of nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and night-time attractions. If you want to have an unforgettable night out, this walking tour is definitely what you need! We offer you a walk around the heart of the Irish capital, with stops at some of the most popular clubs and bars in this fascinating city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

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