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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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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.

    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.

      Maldron Hotel Parnell Square €82
      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.

        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.

          The Fleet €83
          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.

              Cassidys Hotel €79
              Cassidys Hotel

              Cassidys Hotel

              Cavendish Row, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Dublin hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinity College, Dublin Castle and St. Stephen's Green. Christ Church Cathedral and The Convention Centre Dublin are also within 2 mi (3 km). Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 11 minutes.

                Academy Plaza Hotel €59
                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 away 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.