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Grand Canal

Hike along this running stream through Ireland’s pleasant green countryside and stop for cruises, watersports and meals on barges.

The Grand Canal is a scenic trail of water through woodland and grassy meadows away from Dublin’s bustling city center. It features an ideal trail for bird watching and discovering aquatic life in the canal. Take your family for a picnic on a warm summer day and enjoy the serenity of the lush Irish countryside.

Find out about the ecosystems and trails along the canal at the Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre in the heart of Dublin. Embark on the 5-day hike from Adamstown to Shannon Harbour. It spans 80 miles (130 kilometers) of glorious rural trails past farms, fields and bridges. Bike or hike on the 5.3-mile (8.5-kilometer) greenway between Inchicore and Lucan in the western outskirts of the city.

Bring binoculars to observe the range of birds that hover over the canal. Identify the variety of species, such as mallard, mute swans and kingfishers. As you move farther from the city, hear the distinguishing call of the moorhens.

Dine on one of the quaint barges and take a cruise along the canal. A little southwest from the canal’s terminus at the River Liffey is the Sunday market at Percy Place. On Thursdays, have lunch while enjoying live music at the Mespil Road market.

Go on a cycle tour with a local operator. Try sailing or other watersports from the complex in the Grand Canal Dockyard.

Hear about the 18th-century disaster when 150 drunken passengers overloaded a boat, making it capsize and killing 11 of them. Another tragic accident on the canal in the 1800s claimed six lives, when a horse-drawn carriage fell from a bridge.

Find the Grand Canal at the point that it enters the River Liffey just east of the city center. Get a train to the Grand Canal Dock and walk southwest along the pleasant banks of the canal. A little farther west along the waterway is Charlemont, a stop on the Green Line of the tram.

Want to make some magnificent memories? A trip away is the ideal time to have a few entertaining new experiences.

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For a more comprehensive range of activities, check out the Grand Canal things to do page.


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Grand Canal Hotel Dublin €78
Grand Canal Hotel Dublin

Grand Canal Hotel Dublin

Grand Canal Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ballsbridge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Aviva Stadium and Dublin Port are also within 15 minutes. Dublin Grand Canal Dock Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dublin Lansdowne Road Station is 10 minutes.

    Maldron Hotel Pearse Street €119
    Maldron Hotel Pearse Street

    Maldron Hotel Pearse Street

    98-107 Pearse Street, Dublin, Dublin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The Convention Centre Dublin and Trinity College are also within 15 minutes. Dublin Pearse Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dublin Grand Canal Dock Station is 10 minutes.

      Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch €58
      Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

      Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

      Christchurch Place, Dublin, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and Olympia Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Four Courts Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 10 minutes.

        Marlin Hotel Stephens Green €99
        Marlin Hotel Stephens Green

        Marlin Hotel Stephens Green

        11 Bow Lane East, St Stephen's Green, Dublin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gaiety Theatre and Grafton Street. Dublin Castle and Trinity College are also within 10 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is only a 3-minute walk and Harcourt Street Station is 11 minutes.

          Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street €58
          Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street

          Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street

          Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 8 minutes.

            Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House €71
            Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

            Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

            Custom House Quay, Dublin, Dublin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Custom House. National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square and 3Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). George's Dock Station and Mayor Square - NCI Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Grand Canal Dock Luxury Special Offer''
              Grand Canal Dock Luxury Special Offer''

              Grand Canal Dock Luxury Special Offer''

              59 RINGSEND ROAD, Dublin, Dublin (region)
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dublin, this historic holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal and Dublin Port. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and 3Arena are also within 15 minutes. Dublin Grand Canal Dock Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dublin Pearse Street Station is 15 minutes.

                Roxford Lodge Hotel €75
                Roxford Lodge Hotel

                Roxford Lodge Hotel

                46 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ballsbridge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grand Canal, Aviva Stadium and Dublin Port. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Merrion Square are also within 15 minutes. Dublin Grand Canal Dock Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dublin Lansdowne Road Station is 10 minutes.