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Considered by many to be the most important street in Dublin City Centre, O’Connell Street is the widest street in Dublin, and the symbolic centre of Dublin. The street is named after Daniel O’Connell, a 19th-century Nationalist Leader, whose statue currently stands on the lower end of the street, complete with bullet holes from the battle that took place on the street during the 1916 Easter Rising.
The General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street was the location for the beginning of the 1916 Easter Rising, and today, the GPO is one of the main attractions to people exploring O’Connell Street. Today, the GPO boosts a popular museum with tours and interactive exhibitions, allowing you to get a real sense of the activities that took place on this famous street during the events of the Easter Rising. With many great shops, and several pubs, restaurants and cafes to venture into as you navigate through O’Connell Street, and the many streets that span off from it, the best way to see O’Connell Street is to meander along it at your own leisure. The street can become very busy during the weekend and at peak seasonal times (Christmas and Easter), so be sure to take this into account when visiting it. Most of the Dublin City Bus Tours will visit O’Connell Street, and for many it is the perfect start and end point, while the tourist information office will give you a great insight into some of Dublin’s most visited attractions.
From O’Connell Street, cross O’Connell Bridge and make your way towards Grafton Street where you can continue your Dublin shopping adventure, or spend time soaking in the atmosphere created by the buskers and street performers that flank the street. If you want to enjoy more of Dublin’s sights and sounds, make your way towards St. Stephen’s Green from Grafton Street, while Iveagh Gardens and Merrion Square are other city centre green spaces to consider visiting.
Dublin City Centre has many famous and iconic sites, and one of the best ways to explore them is on foot by joining one of the many city walking tours. Alternatively, set aside a few hours and walk through the city, taking in the eclectic mix of historic buildings like Dublin Castel, Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College, or the more modern Samuel Beckett Bridge and Bord Gáis Theatre. Discover the famous Book of Kells at Trinity College or enjoy a pint of Guinness straight from the brewery at the Guinness Storehouse. Get up close and personal with wildlife at Dublin Zoo or make your way to Temple Bar where you can witness large numbers of a different type, as groups enjoy some of Dublin’s best pubs. Dublin has several great museums to consider visiting, with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Ireland and the Little Museum of Dublin all worth exploring on your Dublin travels.
Thanks to its city centre location, hotels near O’Connell Street in Dublin are plentiful. From budget-friendly cheap hotels, to luxurious 5-star hotels and spa hotels, there is plenty to choose from when looking for a short-break to Dublin. O’Connell Street will make for a great base from which to explore everything the city has to offer.