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O'Connell Bridge

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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Lodging Near O'Connell Bridge

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$162
Temple Bar Hotel

Temple Bar Hotel

13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
4.2
of 5, from 1,935 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Steps from the River Liffey and 3 minutes' walk from Ha'penny Bridge, Temple Bar Hotel is right in the middle of Dublin's pedestrianized cultural center. Tara Street Station is a 6-minute walk, while Trinity College is 2 minutes away, and The Gaiety and Olympic Theatre are both a 5-minute walk.

$220
The Westbury Hotel

The Westbury Hotel

Grafton Street, Dublin
4.7
of 5, from 1,396 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Luxury 5 Star Hotel in Dublin city centre, located beside the main shopping district Grafton Street, and walking distance to cultural attractions, restaurants, bars & cafes.

$158
Trinity City Hotel

Trinity City Hotel

Pearse Street, Dublin
4.2
of 5, from 2,044 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel renovated in 2007, located in Dublin city center beside the Trinity College, Custom House and the Book of Kells. Also nearby are National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square and The Spire.

$122
Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

Christchurch Place, Dublin
4.2
of 5, from 1,629 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

In the heart of Dublin, this hotel is within a 2-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St Stephen's Green and Trinity College, home to The Book of Kells, are 0.7 km (0.5 mi) away.

$81
Academy Plaza Hotel

Academy Plaza Hotel

10-14 Findlater Place, Dublin
4.2
of 5, from 5,509 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Dublin, just off O'Connell street, it is walking distance from Temple Bar, Croke park stadium, Dublin business district as well as other popular tourist destinations.

$78
RiverHouse Hotel

RiverHouse Hotel

23-24 Eustace Street, Dublin
2.8
of 5, from 388 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Button Factory, Ha' Penny Bridge, and Dublin Castle. Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

$79
O'Callaghan Mont Clare

O'Callaghan Mont Clare

1/4 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin
4.0
of 5, from 958 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Housed in a five-storey Georgian building, this Dublin hotel sits beside Trinity College and the National Art Gallery, 200 meters from Grafton Street.

$78
Blooms Hotel

Blooms Hotel

Anglesea Street, Dublin
3.7
of 5, from 1,708 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Set in the lively cultural quarter of Temple Bar very close to Grafton Street, Blooms Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trinity College. St. Michan's Church, National Library of Ireland, and Dublin Castle are all within 1 km.