Dublin City Centre

The name Dublin comes from the Gaelic dubh linn or “black pool” – where the Poddle stream met the River Liffey to form a deep pool at Dublin Castle. The city’s modern name – Baile Áth Cliath – means the “town of the ford of the hurdles”. Ireland’s four principal routeways converged at a crossing place made of hurdles of interwoven saplings straddling the low-tide Liffey.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in Dublin City Centre

The Tart with the Cart

The Molly Malone Statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and based on a popular song of a 17th century fictional character to celebrate Dublin's first millennium in 1988. It tells the tale of a fishmonger [...]

One of Ireland’s most historic buildings, A heart of a Saint and Tom & Jerry

Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings in Ireland. This location was chosen by Sitric Silkbeard, the first Christian Danish King who built a [...]

The River of Life or The Floozy in the Jacuzzi

The Anna Livia Sculpture,  The Croppies Memorial Park. Dublin City      1988 The Anna Livia Sculpture was designed by the sculptor Éamonn O' Doherty and commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit, in memory of his father for [...]

Bullet holes in the arms of ‘The Liberator’

The Daniel O’Connell Statue, O’ Connell Street. Dublin City     1880 This statue was commissioned in 1880 to commemorate Daniel O'Connell (1775- 1847) after whom the street was also renamed after Irish independence. O'Connell was born [...]

The no.1 tourist bar with largest collection of rare whiskeys in Ireland

The Temple Bar is one of the most famous pubs in Dublin. It's history goes back to 1599 when Sir William Temple, a renowned teacher and philosopher, built his house and gardens here on newly [...]

One of the largest barracks in Europe, Michael Collins & rare collections

Collins Barracks is located on Arbour Hill in Dublin City on a site originally ear-marked for a mansion for The Duke of Ormond. It was built in 1702 and was one of the largest barracks [...]

The oldest bell, tower and original features of any church in Dublin City

This National Monument is St Audeon's Church. It is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190 a.d. It has the distinction of being the only medieval parish church, retaining any original [...]

The World’s first lighthouse to use candlepower and once the longest sea wall

The Poolbeg Lighthouse is located at the end of the Great South Wall in Dublin. The original lighthouse here was built in 1768 however it was redesigned into its present form in 1820. It was [...]

The first multi-storey steel-framed building to be constructed in Ireland & it’s no.1 tourist attraction

The building in which the Storehouse is located was constructed in 1902 as a fermentation plant for the St. James's Gate Brewery. It was designed in the style of the Chicago School of Architecture and [...]

The oldest Pub in Dublin, a brass head & famous drinkers

The Brazen Head Pub is located on Bridge St. Lower in Dublin City. It claims to be Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. It is definitely Dublin's oldest however the official title goes to [...]

The largest Cathedral in Ireland and reputedly it’s earliest Christian site

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Wood Quay, Dublin City  1191 St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and is also reputed to be its earliest Christian site. Unusually, Dublin has two cathedrals belonging to the [...]

A famous Dublin landmark & One of the first cast iron bridges in the World

The Ha'penny Bridge, Wellington Quay. Dublin City         1816 The Ha’penny Bridge was built in 1816 and is one of the oldest cast iron bridges in the World. It was originally named 'The Wellington Bridge' after The [...]

The first carbon-neutral convention centre in the World

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) in the Dublin Docklands was opened in September 2010. The glass building overlooks the River Liffey at Spencer Dock. It was designed by the American-Irish architect Kevin Roche. The building [...]

The new Aviva, The oldest sports stadium in Europe & The oldest rugby union ground in the World

This stunning building is the Aviva Stadium located on Lansdowne Road in Dublin City.It re-opened its doors on 14th May 2010 and has a seated capacity of 51,700. It's incredible roof is designed to undulate [...]

An Irish Harp, Calatrava & Samuel Beckett

The Samuel Beckett Bridge is located on Sir John Rogersons Quay in Dublin City. It was named after the famous Irish writer Samuel Beckett and designed by the internationally famous Spanish architect, sculpter and engineer, [...]

One of the most prestigious universities in Europe built on a grand scale

Trinity College is widely considered to be the most prestigious university in Ireland, and amongst the most elite in Europe. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and was modelled after the collegiate [...]

Once the largest smock windmill in Europe and now the Digital Hub of Dublin

St Patrick's Tower is located on Thomas Street in Dublin City. It was built in 1757 and was the largest smock windmill in Europe used to power the Roe Whiskey Distillery. A smock mill is a [...]

Ireland’s finest 17th century building & Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin City          1684 The Royal Hospital is regarded as the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. It was built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson as a home for retired soldiers and [...]

A Dublin landmark dome originally destined for St Petersburg

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners Church is located in Rathmines in Dublin City. This impressive church was built in 1854 designed by Patrick Byrne in the Greek Style and was later extended by W.H. Byrne [...]

The oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the World

The Rotunda Hospital is located on Parnell Street in Dublin City. It is the oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the World. It is also estimated that over 300,000 babies were born here and the [...]

One of Ireland’s most famous buildings & The last great Georgian public building erected in the capital

The General Post Office, O’Connell Street. Dublin City    1814 The G.P.O is one of Ireland's most famous buildings and was the last great Georgian style public building erected in the capital. It was built [...]

The first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house in the World

The Bank of Ireland building is located on College Green in Dublin City. This was the World's first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house. It served as both the chambers for the Lords and the Commons for [...]

The centre of Ireland’s legal system, James Gandon & gutted by fire in 1921

The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin City          1775 This was formerly the location of a 13th century Dominican Friary and housed the 4 courts of Chancery, Kings Bench, Exchequer and Common Pleas. Before this building [...]

One of Dublin’s most iconic images & Don’t pass through when the bells toll

Trinity College Campanile is located in Trinity University in Dublin City. It stands nearly 100 foot tall, was built in 1853 to the designs of the famous Belfast architect Sir Charles Lanyon and has become [...]

One of only 6 buildings in the World that was pulled up from it’s centre

The Central Bank of Ireland is located on Dame Street in Dublin City. It was designed by the brutalist architect Sam Stephenson in 1980 and it attracted a lot of criticism both for its height [...]

Embassy of the United States, Ballsbridge. Dublin City – 1964

This striking building is the Embassy of the United States for Dublin and is located in the leafy suburbs of Ballsbridge. It was built between 1962 and 64 and takes it's inspiration from a 5th [...]

St Stephen’s Church, Mount Street Cresent. Dublin City – 1824

This Dublin gem is St Stephen's Church. It was built in 1824 and is fondly known as 'The Pepper Canister' or the 'Pepper Pot Church'. It was originally designed by John Bowden but was completed, [...]

Dublin’s most architecturally important building, James Gandon & The 1921 fire

Custom House Quay was built between 1781 - 1791 and is Dublin's most architecturally important building and is regarded as a masterpiece of European neoclassicism. It was designed by James Gandon (1743 – 1823) who [...]

The centre of English power for 700 years

The Courtyard of Dublin Castle was built in 1779. This location is the highest point in Dublin's centre  and so was always the most strategic point for controlling the territory. There is evidence that there [...]

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