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O'Connell Bridge
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Walk beside pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on an 18th-century bridge that has the unusual characteristic of being wider than it is long.

O’Connell Bridge is among the most magnificent structures on the River Liffey in Dublin. Standing in the heart of the city, a three-arched bridge has connected the banks since 1794. Stand on the riverside and snap photos of this iconic structure as part of the Dublin skyline.

Admire the elegant beauty of the bridge with its black lampstands, majestic pillars and three semi-elliptical arches. Sandstone balustrades decorate the upper part of the structure. See the bridge at night, when green light radiates from the underside of the arches. The balustrades are covered in white light.

Learn about the dramatic reconstruction in the 1800s, creating a version almost three times wider than the original bridge. The structure now has a length of 148 feet (45 meters) and a larger width of 164 feet (50 meters), allowing multiple traffic lanes and a sidewalk.

Discover the plaque devoted to Father Pat Noise, a hoax placed by pranksters about a fictitious person who died in suspicious circumstances.

Reach the northern side to see the O’Connell Monument, which pays tribute to a nationalist leader from the 1800s. The street and bridge are named after the politician who campaigned for Catholic rights.

Continue north along O’Connell Street to see the Spire of Dublin, among the world’s tallest sculptures at almost 400 feet (120 meters). Spot the spire from a distance, peering over the traffic and a statue of 19th-century trade union leader Jim Larkin.

The bridge has a rich history. The structure was initially named Carlisle Bridge in tribute to Ireland’s lord lieutenant at the time. One of Ireland’s leading architects, Englishman James Gandon, built it in 1794 and Bindon Stoney rebuilt it in 1880. Stand on the structure and appreciate its nearly square appearance.

Access the bridge for free on foot and by car or bicycle. It remains open at all times.

O’Connell Bridge is just east of Ha’Penny Bridge and west of Rosie Hackett Bridge. Near the south quays, it leads to O’Connell Street, the city’s principal street and popular gathering point. Ride one of the many buses to this central part of Dublin.

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The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $108 per night from May 20 to May 20
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"Love this hotel, have stayed before. The rooms are lovely, apart from the bed being quite small. The bar/lobby area is beautiful and well worth sitting for a drink. Great location for everything, Tesco just across the road for convenience too."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

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Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $85 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. ...
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Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
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Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College, and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 ...
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"Great location clean hotel friendly staff. Room could of been a little bigger"

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The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $108 per night from May 20 to May 20
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Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $85 per night from May 14 to May 14
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3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
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Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is $75 per night from May 16 to May 16
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The Westbury Hotel
The Westbury Hotel
5 out of 5
Grafton Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $336 per night from May 28 to May 28
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Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
28-32 O'Connell Street Upper, Dublin
The price is $83 per night from May 17 to May 17
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The Morgan Hotel
The Morgan Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $176 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
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Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
4 out of 5
Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin
The price is $100 per night from May 14 to May 14
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Harding Hotel
Harding Hotel
3 out of 5
Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Christchurch, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $121 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
Harding Hotel
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