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Dublin's Northside 2

By Visit Dublin

Start a fascinating journey through the Northside of Dublin City, where you will be awed by stories of inspiring characters and discover the hallowed places they frequented.


Croke Park, Glasnevin Cemetery and the Botanic Gardens

Explore the iconic Georgian architecture, leafy suburbs and historic buildings along a route that has shaped this part of Dublin City. Visit the landmark of Irish culture and history that is Croke Park, one of the largest stadia in Europe and home to Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association); as you explore, imagine the roar of excitement on match day, when thousands descend on the area.

Swiftly move from sporting legends to literary giants as you meander along the leafy trail running alongside the Royal Canal and learn about one of Ireland’s best-known writers and talkers. Embrace the tranquillity of Glasnevin Cemetery while paying your respects to some of Ireland’s most famous Irish revolutionaries and authors. The graveyard is said to be home to more people than there are currently living in Dublin.

Next to Glasnevin, you’ll have the chance to take a short walk through the National Botanic Gardens, allowing the exotic sights, sounds and smells to transport you to the tropics. From there, hear about some of the more ‘rebellious’ residents of the verdant suburbs of Iona Road, before making your way back to the city centre where you'll see the home of one of literary Dublin’s most famous fictional characters, Leopold Bloom of Ulysses.

Finish your trail in Hardwicke Place with a visit to St. George's Church, which was modelled on St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, near Trafalgar Square in London. The church is somewhat of an oddity in the Dublin landscape and perceived as being built incorrectly, as it is wider than it is longer.

Don’t forget to check out our other trails within the Dublin Discovery Trails app too, which include ‘The Story of Dublin’, ‘Echoes of War’, and ‘Empire’.