Walking Tour through the City Center
Are you new in Dublin and want to explore the city centre as fast as possible? Or do you want to see the most famous monuments and places of Dublin in the city centre? If so, you have to do this walking tour. It leads you to every important street, place or monument and afterwards you will know the city centre inside out.
This tour will take round about 2 hours, but you can leave out St. Stephens Green and Grafton Street, then you’re walking about 1h 40min.
So what are you waiting for? Let´s go and explore the city centre of Dublin!
1. Start: The Spire
- This is the perfect starting point for our tour, because you can’t miss it. It´s on O’Connell Street and 121m high. It looks a bit like a gigantic lance, but make yourself an image of it. It was built in 2003 and cost 4 Millionen Euro.
→ Head towards the liffey, on your right you can see the General Post Office. Go further until you’re at the …
2. O’Connell Monument
- It shows Daniel O’Connell who was a famous Irish political leader and fought for Catholic emancipation and independence for Ireland. There are still bullet holes in the monument from the 1916 Easter Risings.
→ Now turn left onto Eden Quay. You can see on your right some of the bridges that are crossing the Liffey. Walk until there is this huge white building on your left hand side. That is the …
3. Custom House
- It´s the heritage of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and was built in 1791. It was also set on fire during the 1916 Easter Risings, but was then renewed.
→ Just walk further down the road to the …
4. CHQ Building
- This in an old wine and tobacco warehouse. Today you can find the Irish Emigration Museum and some restaurants and shops there. Take a look inside to see the amazing roof construction.
→ Now cross the Sean O’Casey Bridge right in front of the CHQ. If you look to the left, you have a very good view onto the …
5. Samuel Beckett Bridge
- It´s the bridge that looks like a harp and it opened in 2009. The bridge can be opened and closed as well.
→ After the bridge you have to take a right and walk at the pier of the Liffey. You have to walk until you are at the big building with the Heineken lettering on it.You have to cross the street twice and then take a left. If you’re walking past the National Wax Museum you’re right. Continue walking straight down the road. Then you can see on your right side the …
6. Bank of Ireland
- It´s located in the former House of Parliament, hence why it’s so large.
→ Take a left now, go through the gate and you´re at …
7. Trinity College
- To be exact at Parliament Square and you can see the Arch in front of you. Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592.
→ Orientate yourself to the right now and you are at Fellows Square with the …
8. Book of Kells and the Old Library
- The Gospel Book is from the 9th Century and regarded as the finest national treasure of Ireland. The Old Library is the largest in Ireland and has the rights to get a free copy of every book that gets published in Ireland or in the UK. To get inside you have to pay 10€.
→ You now have to walk through the building opposite to the Book of Kells. When you’re at the street again, turn right and take a left after a couple of meters. You’re now at …
9. Grafton Street
- This is a famous shopping area in Dublin. Just walk to the top of it and take a look at the display windows.
→ When you’re at the top of the street, the big park in front of you is …
10. St Stephen´s Green
- The park was opened in 1664 and is now a huge leisure area right in the city centre. Next to it you can find the St Stephen´s Green Shopping Center.
→ Walk back on Grafton Street until you’re at the Ulster Bank. Then take a left and walk a couple of meters down the road. Now you´re at the …
11. Molly Malone Statue
- The woman is from a famous song about Dublin. It maybe seems a bit weird that she has her own statue then, but she is strongly connected to the city and if you hear her name you immediately think about Dublin. The statue was presented in 1988 during the Dublin Millennium Celebrations.
→ Afterwards take a right and go left when you have reached H&M. Now you´re on …
12. Dame Street
- It´s one of the main streets in Dublin and usually really busy with its restaurants and banks.
→ Walk down Dame Street and take a left when you’re at the AIB Bank. You just have to walk through the little gate and you´re at …
13. Dublin Castle
- It was built in 1204 and until 1922 it was the seat of the British Government. Today it´s a popular conferencing destination and for the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland.
→ Walk up to the main place of the castle. Then take a right through the gate with the statue of justice back to Dame Street. On your right you can see the …
14. Dublin City Hall
- Built in 1779 it´s now a place for events like weddings or over.
→ Take a left now and walk further up Dame Street. You will reach …
- This is a famous historical museum of Viking and Medieval History and one of the leading tourist attractions in Dublin.
→ Take a right through the gate next to Dublinia and you’re standing beside of the …
16. Christ Church Cathedral
- This church is from 1028 and famous for its crypt under it. There is also a mummified cat and rat, which were found in the 1850´s in one organ pipe. The pipe wasn’t working for years until someone went to fix it to find the cat and the rat in there, which both got stuck during a chase.
→ Now head towards the Liffey again. On your right you can see the prints of an ancient Viking House on the floor. When you have reached the Liffey, take a right. Now you’re standing in front of the …
17. Dublin City Council
- The building was built with a lot of protest and demonstrations, because during the construction they have found ancient Viking buildings and tools in the ground. Nevertheless It was built and there are still maybe hundreds of artefacts under it, buried in the ground.
→ Continue walking next to the Liffey and take a right at the Dwarf Jar. Then take the next street left. You’re now heading towards …
18. Temple Bar
- This is the famous nightlife area in Dublin with loads of different pubs and restaurants. The facades of the buildings are very colourful and it´s beautiful with its streets made of cobblestone.
→ Head to Temple Bar Square and take a left through a little gate. You’re about to pass the …
19. Ha´penny Bridge
- This bridge from 1816 was one of the first ones that crossed the Liffey. You had to pay half a penny to be allowed to pass it, hence the name Ha´penny Bridge. There are also a lot of love locks on it today.
→ Just continue going straight and at the end of the street orientate yourself to left and then follow the street next to Marks&Spencer. Take a right and now you will find yourself at …
20. Henry Street
- The second very famous shopping street in Dublin. During Christmas time it has some beautiful lightning you need to see.
→ Go past the Ilac Shopping Centre and take a left when you reach Gino’s. If you see loads of market stand you’re right in …
21. Moore Street
- The market has very cheap and good vegetables, fruits and flowers. It´s mostly cheaper to buy your fruit here than in a grocery store.
→ Continue going straight and when you’re at Lidl take a right. Follow the road and you will be at the …
22. Parnell Monument
- This monument is from 1911 and marks the end of O’Connell Street. Charles Stewart Parnell was one of the most powerful Irish figures in the British House of Commons.
→ Now you just have to follow O’Connell Street and you’re back at the Spire.
23. Tour done!!!
You deserve something to eat and to drink now so relax in one of the many restaurants in O’Connell Street. I promise you that you can´t get lost in the city centre anymore as you already saw almost everything.
I hope you enjoy this walking tour through the city center of Dublin!!!