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O'Connell Street

Marvel at one of the world’s tallest public works of art as you stroll down this boulevard of shops and historic buildings.

O’Connell Street is among Dublin’s busiest and recognizable parts. It consists of a wide boulevard divided by spaces for trees and works of art. Admire the many historic buildings and peruse the upscale boutiques that line this busy street.

Among the most interesting structures is the General Post Office. Note its Greek-revival design with imposing columns and a large pediment. Hear how the building was home to leaders of the Easter Rising in the early 1900s, before most of it burned down.

In the center of the boulevard is the Spire of Dublin, which many claim is the world’s tallest public sculpture. Look at your distorted reflection in the wide stainless steel base. Gaze up at the tip of the spike, which reaches a height of 400 feet (120 meters). See the artwork at night, when its base and tip are illuminated. From the spire, spot the James Joyce Statue, which depicts the Irish writer with one hand in a pocket and the other leaning on a cane.

Find out about the origins of the boulevard, which was known as Drogheda Street in the 17th century. It later played a major role in momentous occasions, such as the Dublin Lockout, the Irish Civil War and the destruction of the Nelson’s Pillar by the Irish Republican Army.

The street, which has several car lanes and large sidewalks, is more than 150 feet (45 meters) across. Reach the O’Connell Bridge at the southern end of the street. Learn about its rich past, dating back to 1794. Its three semi-elliptical arches glow green at night. Discover the hoax tribute to Father Pat Noise that was attached to the stonework by pranksters.

Admire the O’Connell Monument to 19th-century nationalist leader Daniel O’Connell, after whom the bridge and street were named. He campaigned for Catholic rights.

O’Connell Street leads north from the north bank of the River Liffey. It lies in the heart of the city and is considered the most central point. Ride a bus to one of the many stops along the street, which leads to the Gate Theatre and Ambassador Theatre.


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Academy Plaza Hotel $98
Academy Plaza Hotel

Academy Plaza Hotel

10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin, Dublin
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from O'Connell Street and Gate Theatre. Dublin Writers Museum and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Busaras Station is 10 minutes.

    Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin $144
    Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

    Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

    23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Garden of Remembrance and Parnell Square are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

      Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge $93
      Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

      Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

      23-25 Bachelors Walk, Dublin, Dublin
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from The Spire, O'Connell Bridge, and Ha' Penny Bridge. Abbey Theatre and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jervis Station is 5 minutes.

        Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre $126
        Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre

        Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre

        28-32 O'Connell Street Upper, Dublin
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Garden of Remembrance and Parnell Square are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 10 minutes.

          Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane $124
          Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

          Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

          Cardiff Lane, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin, Dublin
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Dublin, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and The Convention Centre Dublin. Dublin Port and Custom House are also within 15 minutes. Mayor Square - NCI Station is 7 minutes by foot and Spencer Dock Station is 9 minutes.

            Ashling Hotel Dublin $133
            Ashling Hotel Dublin

            Ashling Hotel Dublin

            Parkgate Street, Dublin, Dublin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral, and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). Heuston Station and Museum Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              The Morgan Hotel $183
              The Morgan Hotel

              The Morgan Hotel

              10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 15 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 6 minutes.

                Temple Bar Inn $133
                Temple Bar Inn

                Temple Bar Inn

                40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells, and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and The Spire are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.