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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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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin €85
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 away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

    The Fleet €91
    The Fleet

    The Fleet

    19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Abbey Street Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

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      Temple Bar Hotel

      Temple Bar Hotel

      13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Temple Bar, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

        Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin €85
        Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

        Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

        Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and Grafton Street are also within 15 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 11 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 12 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.

            Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge €74
            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 away from The Spire, O'Connell Street and O'Connell Bridge. Trinity College and Grafton Street are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jervis Station is 5 minutes.

              Maldron Hotel Parnell Square €79
              Maldron Hotel Parnell Square

              Maldron Hotel Parnell Square

              Parnell Square West, Dublin, Dublin
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of O'Connell Street, Dublin Castle and Trinity College. Grafton Street and Croke Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jervis Station is 12 minutes by foot and Abbey Street Station is 12 minutes.

                The Gibson Hotel €129
                The Gibson Hotel

                The Gibson Hotel

                Point Square, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 3Arena and The Convention Centre Dublin. Aviva Stadium and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). The Point Station is only a 2-minute walk and Spencer Dock Station is 6 minutes.